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Westerly
Westerly
Rhode Island
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4 out of 5 stars based on 1 ratings
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Westerly is a town on the southwestern shoreline of Washington County, Rhode Island, first settled by English colonists in 1661 and incorporated as a municipality in 1669. It is a beachfront community on the south shore of the state with a population of 22,787 as of the 2010 census. The Pawcatuck River flows on the western border of Westerly and was once renowned for its own species of Westerly salmon, three of which are on the town's official seal. The river flows from some 15 miles (24 km) inland, emptying into Little Narragansett Bay. It also serves as the boundary between Westerly and Pawcatuck, Connecticut. Three large salt ponds lie along the coast of Westerly which serve as shallow, reef-like pools whose outer walls form the long, white beaches for which the town became renowned. From west to east, these ponds are called Maschaug Pond, Winnapaug Pond, and Quonochontaug Pond. A type of granite known as Westerly granite has long been quarried here. Westerly granite is ideal for statuary and has been used in numerous government buildings of several states along the eastern seaboard. The Westerly area was known for its granite and stone-cutting industry. Westerly becomes a popular tourist destination during the summer months, during which the population nearly doubles. Its well-known beaches include Weekapaug Beach, Westerly Town Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, East Beach, and Watch Hill Beach.

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Although I am fairly new to the area, I believe Westerly to be a age-friendly town. I see people of all ages walking in the local parks and shopping downtown. There seems like there is a lot to do around the community for all ages.

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How did Rhode Island earn the grade of D? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Rhode Island has a state sales tax of 7.00%. Of particular interest is that Rhode Island does have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Rhode Island has an effective property tax rate of 1.65%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Rhode Island earned its state tax grade of D.

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