Providence city, Rhode Island

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Providence city, Rhode Island

Providence city, Rhode Island
Nickname(s):The Creative Capital, Beehive of Industry, The Renaissance City, The Divine City
- Total:178.042 (2010)
- Density:9.370,6/sq mi (3.709,2/sq km)
Area code(s):401
Time zone:EST (UTC-5)
Summer Time zone:EDT (UTC-4)
- Total:21 sq mi (54 sq km)
- Land:19 sq mi (48 sq km)
- Water:3 sq mi (6 sq km)
- % water:11,11 %

Quick information summary of the Providence city area.

Providence city is located in the state of Rhode Island. It occupies the area of 21 square miles. 3 square miles are water areas and 19 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Providence city lies at +41.8230556, -071.4187795 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 178.042 living in the Providence city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (49.78%), Some Other Race (19.78%) and Black or African American (16.04%). Median age is 28 for the males and 29 for the females.

Providence is the capital of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, the largest city in the state and the third-largest city in New England. In 2010, Providence had 178,042 inhabitants, while its metropolitan statistical area had 1,600,856 inhabitants, which is a population larger than that of the entire state of Rhode Island, due to the fact that more than a half of the area extends to Massachusetts.

Established in 1636, Providence is one of the earliest cities in the United States. It is often called “The Creative Capital,” “The Divine City,” “The Beehive of Industry” and “The Renaissance City.” Its official motto is “What Cheer?”

The city occupies an area of 20.5 square miles and lies in the Eastern Time Zone (UTC-5).

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Statistical data for the Providence city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

White alone
88,62349.78 %
Black or African American alone
28,55716.04 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,4121.35 %
Asian alone
11,3806.39 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2220.12 %
Some Other Race alone
35,22219.78 %
Two or More races
11,6266.53 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Providence city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Providence city part within the Subdivision
Providence County 626.667- Providence city part178.042
Providence city 178.042- Providence city part178.042

Profile of the Providence city

History of Providence

Providence was one of the Thirteen Colonies, first settled in 1636 by Roger Williams, an exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, who gave the city its name. At the time, the area of present-day Providence was inhabited Pokanoket Tribe of the Wampanoag Nation. The settlement soon attracted other religious refugees and exiles from Massachusetts, however its growth was still slow.

In the mid-1770s, Providence joined other colonies in denying allegiance to the British crown, mostly due to taxes that slowed down or impeded the economy in the city, especially its maritime and farming activities. The famous Gaspee Affair of 1772, which eventually led to the American Revolution, involved resident of Providence, many of whom lost their lives in the event. During the war, Providence was never captured but the tensions in the city were still high because the nearby Newport was under siege and because the American troops were quartered there. Washington and De Rochambeau passed through Providence from Newport in what was the beginning of the campaign that led to the defeat of General Cornwallis at Yorktown and Chesapeake.

After the war, Providence was the ninth-largest city in the country. It no longer relied only on maritime activities and became an important manufacturing center, especially for jewelry, silverware, textiles, machinery and tools. The city’s rising industry-based economy attracted many immigrants, especially from Ireland, England, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Cape Verde and French Canada.

Providence was split over the issue of slavery during the Civil War, mostly because many in the city relied economically on Southern cotton. After the war, the city continued to grow until 1920s, when its economy began to decline and jewelry-making remained the only thriving sector. The city was hit hard by the Great Depression and then by the New England Hurricane of 1938, when the entire downtown area was flooded. The World War II boosted the economy in Providence but that ended soon and the city continued to decline. In the period from the 1950s to the 1980s Providence was a center of organized crime.

The “Renaissance” period for Providence began in the 1970s and continued in the 1990s with the mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, Jr., who focused on showcasing the city’s potential in arts and culture and revitalized certain parts of the city. Today, despite efforts including new development and the arrival of new companies, Providence still has a high poverty rate.

Geography and Climate

Providence is located at the head of the Narragansett Bay. The Providence River flows through the city and then into the bay. The river itself is formed in the city by the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket rivers. Providence is often claimed to be founded on seven hills, like Rome. The hills include College Hill, Constitution Hill, Federal Hill, Smith Hill, Tockwotten Hill, Christian Hill and Weybosset Hill. Providence has humid continental climate, with warm summers and cool winters.

The city has 25 neighborhoods, grouped into larger districts: East Side, Jewelry District, North End, South Side, West Broadway and West Side.


Providence has a large Italian community, centered mainly in Little Italy neighborhood in Federal Hill. Latinos or Hispanics are also very prominent, and so are the Irish, the Asians, African Americans and immigrants from Portuguese-speaking countries.

The median household income in 2000 was $26,867 and the per capita income for the city was $15,525. Providence has one of the highest poverty rates in the USA, with 29.1% of the population living below the poverty line.


Providence was once one of the first major industrial centers in the USA. Today the situation is significantly different, except for jewelry and silverware manufacturing, which remain dominant in the economy of the city. Main economy sectors are government and services (healthcare, education and finance). The largest employers in Providence are Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University, Bank of America, Women and Infants Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, Citizens Bank, Verizon, Johnson & Wales University and Pinkerton.

Education in Providence

Five of the Rhode Island’s universities and colleges have flagship campuses in Providence: Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Johnson and Wales University and Rhode Island School of Design. Other institutions, such as the Community College of Rhode Island, University of Rhode Island and Roger Williams University have satellite campuses in Providence.

Interresting Facts and Landmarks

Providence is home to one of the largest and most active gay communities in the Northeast and its former mayor, David Cicilline, was the first openly gay mayor in the USA.

The city is also home of the Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Black Repertory Company, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and The American Band. Providence hosts an environmental art installation called WaterFire with various accompanying events.

Some of the sites of interest in the city include Waterplace Park, Roger Williams National Memorial, First Baptist Church in America, Old State House, Westminster Arcade, Rhode Island School of Design Museum and Providence Athenaeum.

Providence is famous for being the birthplace of H.P. Lovecraft, the famous horror and fantasy author. Edgar Allan Poe also used to spend a lot of time in the city.


Providence currently does not have a major league professional sports franchise but it used to be the home of the Providence Steamrollers (NBA) and the Providence Steam Roller (NFL). Rocky Marciano won 29 of his 49 fights in Providence.


The largest highways in the city area include I-95, I-195, I-295 and RI 146.

Passenger rail service is provided by Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail. The primary airport for the city area is T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. Public transit in the city is provided by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority and intercity bus service is offered by Greyhound and Peter Pan.

Statistical data for the Providence city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

White alone
88,62349.78 %
Black or African American alone
28,55716.04 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
2,4121.35 %
Asian alone
11,3806.39 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
2220.12 %
Some Other Race alone
35,22219.78 %
Two or More races
11,6266.53 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Not Hispanic or Latino
110,20761.90 %
Hispanic or Latino
67,83538.10 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Not Hispanic or Latino
110,20761.90 %
White alone
66,91060.71 %
Black or African American alone
23,39921.23 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,2201.11 %
Asian alone
11,15310.12 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
880.08 %
Some Other Race alone
1,7271.57 %
Two or More races
5,7105.18 %
Hispanic or Latino
67,83538.10 %
White alone
21,71332.01 %
Black or African American alone
5,1587.60 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1,1921.76 %
Asian alone
2270.33 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1340.20 %
Some Other Race alone
33,49549.38 %
Two or More races
5,9168.72 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes

Household Type

Family households
35,26156.22 %
Husband-wife family
18,27151.82 %
Other family
16,99048.18 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,92423.10 %
Female householder, no husband present
13,06676.90 %
Nonfamily households
27,45743.78 %
Householder living alone
19,87072.37 %
Householder not living alone
7,58727.63 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Providence city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Providence city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Providence city center


  • Promet Airport [1.43 mi] [2.3 km]


  • Green Jacket Shoal [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]


  • Providence Harbor [1.38 mi] [2.22 km]


  • Saint Joseph Hospital Health Science Library [1.13 mi] [1.82 km]
  • Carter Day Nursery [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • Allenberry Center [0.98 mi] [1.58 km]
  • Kinder-Care at Work [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]
  • Bright Horizons Family Center [0.99 mi] [1.6 km]
  • Providence Fire Department Messer Street Station [1.23 mi] [1.99 km]
  • Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped [0.94 mi] [1.51 km]
  • Fox Point Branch Providence Public Library [1.59 mi] [2.56 km]
  • Silver Lake Community Center [2.04 mi] [3.29 km]
  • Bright Futures Child Care Center [3.57 mi] [5.75 km]
  • East Providence Police Department [3.5 mi] [5.64 km]
  • Central Center [0.77 mi] [1.24 km]
  • Jones Warehouses [0.65 mi] [1.05 km]
  • John Brown House Museum [1.03 mi] [1.66 km]


  • Grace Cemetery [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]


  • Holy Temple Church of God in Christ [1.32 mi] [2.12 km]
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses [1.53 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • Saint Bartholomews Church [2.02 mi] [3.26 km]
  • Providence Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church [1 mi] [1.61 km]
  • Christ Church of Providence [0.96 mi] [1.55 km]
  • United Pentecostal Church [1.97 mi] [3.18 km]
  • Christ Church of Deliverance [0.8 mi] [1.29 km]
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church [0.95 mi] [1.53 km]
  • Abundant Life Church [0.74 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Church of the Messiah [1.47 mi] [2.36 km]
  • Grace Church (historical) [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • Spirit and the Word Church [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]
  • Trinity United Methodist Church [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • Church of God [0.74 mi] [1.2 km]
  • Saint Josephs Roman Catholic Church [1.35 mi] [2.17 km]
  • Saint Anthonys Church [2.08 mi] [3.34 km]
  • First Tabernacle Church [0.73 mi] [1.17 km]
  • Hope Baptist Church [0.73 mi] [1.17 km]
  • Church of God and Saints [0.72 mi] [1.15 km]
  • Saint Pauls Community Church [0.72 mi] [1.15 km]


  • Interchange 6 [2.78 mi] [4.48 km]
  • Interchange 8 [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Interchange 19 [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]
  • Interchange 7 [3.28 mi] [5.27 km]


  • Saint Joseph Center for Health and Human Services [1.11 mi] [1.78 km]
  • Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island [0.92 mi] [1.47 km]
  • Hasbro Children's Hospital [0.98 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Rhode Island Hospital [0.93 mi] [1.5 km]
  • Tavares Pediatric Center [0.69 mi] [1.1 km]


  • Long Pond (historical) [1.25 mi] [2.01 km]
  • Benedict Pond (historical) [1.51 mi] [2.42 km]


  • Metacomet Country Club [2.28 mi] [3.67 km]
  • Silver Lake Plaza Shopping Center [2.3 mi] [3.7 km]
  • Wiles Barre Pier [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Hackers Wharf (historical) [0.97 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Broadway-Armory Historic District [0.9 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Dexter Training Ground [0.69 mi] [1.11 km]


  • Wesleyan Avenue Historic District [1.11 mi] [1.78 km]
  • Rhodes Street Historic District [1.21 mi] [1.95 km]
  • Conlan Junior Memorial Park [1.25 mi] [2 km]
  • Parkis-Comstock Historic District [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Pierce Memorial Field [2.02 mi] [3.26 km]
  • Neutaconkanut Hill Park [2.51 mi] [4.03 km]
  • Forys Playground [1.49 mi] [2.39 km]
  • Bridgham-Arch-Wilson Street Historic District [0.77 mi] [1.25 km]
  • Collier Park [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]
  • Trinity Square [0.71 mi] [1.14 km]
  • Pine Street Historic District [0.63 mi] [1.01 km]

Populated Place

  • Hughesdale [3.99 mi] [6.43 km]
  • Leonard Corner [3.18 mi] [5.12 km]
  • Fort Hill (historical) [1.9 mi] [3.06 km]
  • East Providence [2.59 mi] [4.17 km]
  • Silver Lake [2.13 mi] [3.43 km]


  • Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center [1.25 mi] [2.02 km]
  • Edward R Martin Junior High School [2.93 mi] [4.71 km]
  • Community College of Rhode Island Liston Campus [1.12 mi] [1.8 km]
  • Saint Bartholomew School [2.05 mi] [3.31 km]
  • Saint Bartholomews School [2.23 mi] [3.59 km]
  • Edmund W Flynn School [1.02 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Orchard Street School [2.55 mi] [4.1 km]
  • Asa Messer Annex [1.36 mi] [2.19 km]
  • Flynn Annex [0.97 mi] [1.56 km]
  • Grove Avenue School [2.54 mi] [4.08 km]
  • Webster Avenue School [1.81 mi] [2.91 km]
  • Asa Messer School [1.19 mi] [1.91 km]
  • Community Preparatory School [0.85 mi] [1.37 km]
  • Flynn Annex II [0.85 mi] [1.37 km]
  • Our Lady of Loreto School [2.88 mi] [4.63 km]
  • Harrison Street High School [0.92 mi] [1.48 km]
  • Saint Charles School [0.91 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Agnes B Hennessey School [2.04 mi] [3.29 km]
  • Ralph Street School [1.9 mi] [3.05 km]
  • Tavares Pediatric Center School [0.82 mi] [1.31 km]
  • Laurel Hill Annex [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]
  • Beacon Avenue School [0.69 mi] [1.11 km]
  • Saint Anthonys School [2.05 mi] [3.29 km]


  • Dry Brook [3.8 mi] [6.12 km]
  • Seekonk River [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]
  • Woonasquatucket River [1.13 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Providence River [1.14 mi] [1.83 km]


  • Fort Hill [1.69 mi] [2.72 km]

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