Johnston is a suburban town located just west of Providence, RI. If you like being near the city, but also require a less urban environment for your family, Johnston is the perfect middle ground. The public school district has recently been recognized as having one of the best high schools in Rhode Island. Better yet, it’s so close to everything! I-295 and Route 6 pass right through town, connecting Johnston to Providence, Cranston, and Smithfield all within 15 minutes of driving.
According to Realtor.com, in February 2023, the median listing home price in Johnston, RI was $369K, trending up 5.5% year-over-year. The median listing home price per square foot was $251. The median home sold price was $345K.
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The towns connected by I-295 around Providence have an abundance of shopping opportunities. Johnston has both large retailers and small businesses, and it’s conveniently located only a few miles from several shopping malls. Atwood Avenue has plazas near the Route 6A intersection with stores like Stop & Shop, PetSmart, PriceRite, Ocean State Job Lot, and more.
A locally-owned and operated vineyard with wine tastings, vineyard tours, events, and more. This place is well-known for its attentive and information-packed tastings. The owners here really love what they do and love educating visitors and wine lovers alike.
Held each year at Johnston Memorial Park, the Apple Festival is a weekend-long party with seasonal autumn delights: pie eating contests, live music, pony rides, baking contests, carnival rides, and more. It’s a great way to know the community in Johnston and meet people who are passionate about local events!
Johnston is one of the towns around Providence that actually has its own dining scene. Due primarily to the strong Italian-American community, you’ll find excellent Italian restaurants here, plus a good range of American and ethnic foods. Besides dining on Federal Hill, the next best area to hit for authentic Italian food is Johnston. Hands down.
A small park just outside Johnston center. It has three different walking paths that circle the pond and nearby woods. The park also has sporting fields for kids, including baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer, and a running track. It’s a popular place to bring kids of all ages and get them involved with town-sponsored sporting leagues.
A 1,000-acre recreation area with walking & hiking trails, a working farm, and a popular wild tulip farm. Snake Den is by far the best place for outdoor hikes and mountain biking in Johnston. It’s also full of wildlife and unique species of animals and plants.
Located in Snake Den Farm, this unique farm grows more than 600,000 tulips during the spring season and allows visitors to pick them! It’s only open for a short period (April — May) but it’s a one-of-a-kind experience you shouldn’t miss.
Both of these local farms are seasonally open to the public for fresh organic produce, events, locally-raised meat, and kids activities. Be sure to check out the corn maze at Salisbury Farm and pick your own fruits!
The Johnston Public Schools district is made up of eight schools serving the PK-12 grades. In 2018, Johnston Senior High School was recognized by the US News and World Report’s “Best High Schools” edition. The school was listed as a Bronze Medal recipient, along with ten other high schools in Rhode Island. As a whole, the district serves approximately 3,190 students each year, with 320 teachers.
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As a suburb just outside of Providence, Johnston is very easy to travel around. Two major highways run (and connect) through the middle of town — I-295 and Route 6. These highways make all four corners of Johnston readily accessible, cuts down on travel time to Providence and T.F. Green, and makes it easy to get almost anywhere in western RI without much hassle.
Route 5: runs north to south in Johnston and crosses several main intersections, including Route 44, Route 6A, and Route 14 before leading into Cranston, RI.
I-295: travels north to south through Johnston with major exits at the Route 6 and 6A Junctions, Route 44 in Smithfield, and Route 14 in Cranston.
Route 6 & 6A: known locally as the “Route 6 connector”, this expressway travels east to west from I-295 to I-95 in Providence. Route 6A is an alternative route which leads from the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence into Johnston, then turns into Route 6 before continuing westward towards Connecticut.
Distance to T.F. Green Airport: 11 miles
Distance to Providence Train Station: 8.6 miles
For more information on Johnston community events and government departments, please visit the official website