About New Shoreham


The Town of New Shoreham is a unique year-round island community characterized by:
  • Beach Roses
  • Breathtaking Ocean Views
  • More Than 300 Fresh Water Ponds
  • Over 17 Miles of Coastal Beach
  • Over 30 Miles of Walking Trails
  • Picturesque Stone Walls
  • Two Man-Made Harbors
The Town, working in collaboration with community organizations, has been very successful in conserving open space and preserving the community’s natural and cultural heritage. Reachable by ferry and by air, the island’s population swells in summer months with visitors from all over the world.


The U.S. Census Bureau defines Block Island and the Town of New Shoreham as Census Tract 415 of Washington County, RI. As of the 2000 census, the Town had a population of 1,010, representing a 20.81% increase over the 1990 census. The median age was 43.


Formed by glaciers thousands of years ago, Block Island is located at Latitude 41.175424 degrees and longitude -71.578245 degrees. The Town encompasses a land area of approximately 25.211 square kilometers, or 9.734 square miles at an elevation of approximately 13 feet on average.

The Island is located at the mouth of Long Island Sound, 21 miles east of Montauk Point, and from its shores the following can be seen:
  • Fisher’s Island
  • Narragansett Pier
  • Newport
  • Point Judith
  • Watch Hill