Did you know?

9.8 million heritage visitors come to Rhode Island each year and contribute nearly $1.4 billion to the state's economy.

326 historic buildings have been rehabilitated in 26 of Rhode Island's 39 communities using state Historic Tax Credits.

More than half of Rhode Island's population growth since 2000 has occurred within local historic districts.

The Report

Commissioned by The Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island, Historic Preservation: An Overlooked Economic Driver is the first report of its kind. It was conducted by leading preservation economist Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, who analyzed the collective impact that preservation has on Rhode Island's economy in four main areas: Heritage Tourism, Historic Tax Credits, Quality of Life, and Sustainability. 

Learn more about preservation and its impact on Rhode Island's economy by downloading the report here.


Preserve Rhode Island is the only statewide non-profit working to protect historic places through advocacy, stewardship, and preservation programs.

The Preservation Society of Newport County protects, preserves, and presents an exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America.


This study was generously funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.