Cranston, Rhode Island


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Cranston, Rhode Island

Introduction to Cranston, Rhode Island

Cranston is located in Providence County and is the third largest city in Rhode Island. It's included in the Providence metropolitan area and is recognized as a suburban community. The majority of the citizens reside in the eastern region of Cranston which features a shoreline along the beautiful Narragansett Bay. The western portion of the city includes rural landscapes. It features numerous noteworthy historic sites.

History

The Narragansett Indians were the original inhabitants. In 1638 William Arnold constructed a house in the region now known as Cranston. He is recognized as the first Englishman to reside in the area. In 1754 Cranston was incorporated as a town. The early years featured an agricultural based economy. The Industrial Revolution attracted a vast number of immigrants from Europe. During this era, the mills were major employers.

Attractions

Cranston includes the National Historic Districts of Lippitt Hill, Pawtuxet Village, Furnace Brook and Oaklawn Village. The city includes numerous other attractions including:

  • Narragansett Park was one of the first auto race tracks in the United States.
  • Sprague Mansion, an historic, beautiful home is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Thomas Fenner House is considered to be one of the oldest houses in the state.
  • Governor Sprague Mansion was the former residence of the prominent Sprague family. It includes 28 rooms. The carriage house and the stable features pony carts, a Bicentennial Conestoga wagon, carriages and sleighs.
  • Joy Homestead is a historic farmhouse showcasing antiques.
  • Confreda Greenhouses and Farms features a farmer's market and hayrides on the weekends.
  • Mardi Gras Ball occurs nearby and is a popular event.
  • Garden City Center is a notable outdoor shopping mall.

Activities

The Budlong Pool is one of the biggest outdoor swimming pools in the United States. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Cranston Country Club. The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School provides outdoor rock climbing courses. The John L. Curran Management Area is a large forest acreage featuring maple, oak and beech trees and two ponds. Residents and visitors enjoy ice skating at the large Cranston Veteran's Memorial Ice Rink.

Transportation

The city is served by the T.F. Green International Airport. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides bus service for the city.

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High Points

Cranston strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Rhode Island):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
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Top 13% Cranston Short Commute Times
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Cranston Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Cranston, Rhode Island

Comparing Cranston to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Rhode Island (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).


The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Senior Citizens 9 8
Age of the Population 9 6
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Male Share of the Population 7 7
Well-Paid Single Women 6 4
Female Share of the Population 4 4
Racial Diversity 3 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3

Families

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Portion of People Married 5 3
Average Household Size 4 4

Wealth

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Above Poverty 7 4
People in Middle Class or Better 7 4
Median Family Income 6 4
College Educated Adults 6 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Short Commute Times 8 9
Public Transportation Use 6 9
Working at Home 3 3
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5

Housing

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
People Living Alone 7 8
Affordability of Rents 6 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 8
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 5 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 5
Housing Recently Built 3 3

Crime

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
Compared
to State
Low Violent Crime 8 2
Low Property Crime 7 2

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Cranston Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 44 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02905, 02907, 02910, 02920, 02921
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02823
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.779
Longitude -71.437

Cranston Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:
  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station PROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance 4.4 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
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 16 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
Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 24.5 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
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Cranston Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 79,269 100%
Male 38,800 48.9%
Female 40,469 51.1%
Under 18 17,098 21.6%
18+ 62,171 78.4%
65+ 13,711 17.3%
Median Age 39
Average Family Size 3.01
White 70,703 89.2%
African-American 2,926 3.7%
Asian 2,599 3.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 236 0.3%
Other 1,528 1.9%
Mixed Race 1,244 1.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,613 4.6%

Estimated Cranston Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 81,614
Growth 2,345
Growth % 3%

Cranston Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Italian 37%
Irish 15.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.2%
English 6.7%
French (except Basque) 5%
Portuguese 4.8%
French Canadian 2.7%
German 2.4%
US/American 2.4%
Polish 2.2%
Armenian 1.9%
Russian 1.3%
Swedish 1.3%
Greek 1.2%
Scottish 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
Cape Verdean 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.3%
Lithuanian 0.3%
European 0.2%
Haitian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
Norwegian 0.2%
Dutch 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Cranston, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fiskeville (02823)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Cranston 79,269 $55,241
East Providence 48,688 $48,463
Johnston 28,195 $54,837
North Providence 32,411 $51,655
Providence 173,618 $32,058
Warwick 85,808 $56,225
West Warwick 29,581 $47,674

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80 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
401-270-8049
Serves 1,806 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

CRANSTON HIGH SCHOOL EAST
899 PARK AVENUE
401-270-8126
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Serves 1,613 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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100 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
401-270-8070
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