Bradford, Rhode Island

Bradford, Rhode Island

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Bradford, Rhode Island
settlement_type = CDP
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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Rhode Island
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Washington

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area_total_km2 = 4.9
area_land_km2 = 4.9
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.9
area_land_sq_mi = 1.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0

population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 1497
population_density_km2 = 306.9
population_density_sq_mi = 795.0

timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
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elevation_m = 12
elevation_ft = 39
latd = 41 |latm = 24 |lats = 2 |latNS = N
longd = 71 |longm = 44 |longs = 51 |longEW = W

postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 02808
area_code = 401
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 44-08020GR|2
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blank1_info = 1217668GR|3
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Infobox_nrhp | name =Bradford Village Historic District
nrhp_type = hd

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location= Westerly, Rhode Island
locmapin = Rhode Island
area =
built =1732
architect= Sherman,R.A.,Sons & Co.
architecture= Bungalow/Craftsman, Tudor Revival, Greek Revival
added = May 30, 1996
governing_body = Local
refnum=96000573cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]

Bradford is a census-designated place (CDP) and historic district in the town of Westerly in Washington County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 1,497 at the 2000 census.

Bradford was named for Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England.fact|date=April 2008


Bradford is located at coor dms|41|24|2|N|71|44|51|W|city (41.400657, -71.747607)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 4.9 km² (1.9 mi²), all land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,497 people, 482 households, and 397 families residing in the village. The population density was 307.4/km² (795.0/mi²). There were 496 housing units at an average density of 101.9/km² (263.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.33% White, 0.67% African American, 0.73% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 482 households out of which 51.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.5% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. 13.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.10 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the village the population was spread out with 35.7% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 34.1% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 103.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $42,130, and the median income for a family was $40,370. Males had a median income of $36,250 versus $24,353 for females. The per capita income for the village was $14,004. About 12.4% of families and 13.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Environmental Contamination

Bradford is a working-class village in southwest Rhode Island where the Bradford Dyeing Association (BDA) has operated for nearly 100 years. BDA is the largest producer of battle dress uniform fabrics to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. [ [ Bradford Dyeing Association - About our company ] ]

In violation of the federal Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the BDA plant polluted the Pawcatuck River and fouled the local air. The RI DEM (Department of Environmental Management) was not responding to local complaints about the contamination so the Bradford Coalition 2 Stop Pollution, a community group of homeowners and tenants, lobbied to reduce BDA's pollution. []

A civil lawsuit was successfully filed in 2005 in collaboration with the TAC (Toxic Action Center) [ [ Bradford Dyeing Association Inc. Pollution Fines ] ] , RIPIRG (Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group) and Sierra Club. The BDA settled in November 2005, agreeing to pay $150,000 in fines and make improvements on the textile mill to reduce pollution. The plant will build taller smokestacks, install a soot-reducing device and better manage its sewage sludge pond. []

“State and federal environmental regulators had given BDA a free pass for years,” explained RIPIRG Advocate Matthew Auten. “By requiring the company to significantly upgrade its air pollution and water pollution controls, this settlement demonstrates the important role that citizens can and often must play in enforcing our environmental laws.” [ [ National Environmental Law Center ] ]


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