Introduction to Central Falls, Rhode Island

Central Falls, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 1 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Central Falls has a population of 18,928.

Central Falls History

The first white inhabitants came to this area sometime during the mid 19th century. Before that, the area was dense woodland inhabited by Native American people such as the Nipmuc, Narragansett, and Wampanoag Indians. The area saw industrial growth after early settlers discovered the power of the Blackstone River. The community became one of the largest manufacturers of firearms in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In February 1895, Central Falls was incorporated as a city.

Central Falls and nearby Attractions

  • Pierce Park and Riverwalk
  • Haines Memorial State Park
  • Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Chemawa Golf Course

Things To Do In Central Falls

Lincoln woods State Park, which is nearby, provides excellent recreational opportunities including its freshwater beach, where people enjoy swimming and fishing, an outdoor ice rink, and trails. There are many ponds in and around the city which serve as popular recreational spots. Those interested in art should visit the Museum of Art and Rhode Island School of Art, which has 85,000 artworks tracing the history of art.

Central Falls Transportation

Logan International Airport is less than one hour by car.

Central Falls Higher Education

Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, and Johnson & Wales University are nearby.


Total Population 19,378
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 7.4%
Employed Population 16+ 7,859
Age of the Population 28


% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.9%
Median Earnings25+ $22,269
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,471
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,101


Median Family Income $31,398
% Above Poverty Level 66.8%
% Below Poverty Level 33.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.2%


People Living Alone 26.7%
Median Gross Rent $815
Median House Value $151,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 1.7%
Irish 3.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Central Falls Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02863
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.89
Longitude -71.392

Central Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 12.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 37 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 83 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 46.4 inches
Distance 16.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 17.8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cumberland 34,124 $89,587
East Providence 47,266 $62,457
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
Pawtucket 71,395 $49,440
Providence 178,680 $44,342

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Central Falls Public Libraries

Central Falls Free Public Library
Central Falls, Rhode Island
(401) 727-7440

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Central Falls High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 911 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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