BI scores low in liveability ranking
GoLocalProv, an online news organization in Providence, released its 2012 Best Communities rankings this week, and Block Island came in near the bottom of the heap — 36th out of 39 cities and towns.
The main reason is — no surprise — affordability. “New Shoreham is certainly a great place to visit... it’s just really too expensive to live there,” wrote the GoLocalProv news team. Read more at golocalprov.com (free sign up may be required).
The island scored well for education, arts and culture and bars and restaurants, as well as conservation (the story got that figure wrong — close to half the island has been protected, not 20 percent as GoLocalProv reports). But those factors couldn’t balance out high property crimes figures as well as a median house price of $1.27 million, the highest in the state.
Pawtucket, Woonsocket and Central Falls, all financially troubled cities, rounded out the bottom four, while North Providence, Johnston and Warren beat out the island by a few points. More rankings were released throughout the week, and the top place finishers were to be released Friday.