Swansea was named for the Welsh city of Swansea, which had been the hometown of some original settlers. The town has a total area of 25.5 square miles and is bordered by Dighton, Somerset, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Warren and Barrington, Rhode Island and Mount Hope Bay. The entire town is a part of the Narragansett Bay watershed area. Swansea is 12 miles southeast of Providence and 47 miles south of Boston.
This town is mostly rural except for the Route 6 corridor which has extensive retail, shopping and professional offices. Swansea is rich in history that dates back to the 1600s with numerous historic homes and farms. The town has acquired a number of large farms and open space land for preservation purposes. Swansea is conveniently located along Interstate 195 with easy access to Providence, RI the East Bay and Newport, RI.
The town has 16,000 residents and approximately 6000 households. The median home price is at $250,000, and the tax rate is just over $13.00/thousand. Swansea has experienced a new home building boom with a number of new home developments underway throughout the town.