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.
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.
Cranston includes the National Historic Districts of Lippitt Hill, Pawtuxet Village, Furnace Brook and Oaklawn Village. The city includes numerous other attractions including:
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.
The city is served by the T.F. Green International Airport. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides bus service for the city.
Cranston strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Rhode Island):
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Comparing Cranston to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Rhode Island (State):
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|People Above Poverty|
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|Working at Home|
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|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
|Nearest Large City||44 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts|
|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.|
Nearest Weather StationsNotes:
|Station||PROVIDENCE GREEN AP|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Average Family Size||3.01|
|American Indian & Alaskan||236||0.3%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||3,613||4.6%|
|Est. 2005 Population||81,614|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||10.2%|
|French (except Basque)||5%|
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.
Cranston Public Library
140 SOCKANOSSET CROSS ROAD
Cranston, Rhode Island
|(As of 2005)|
4 Midway Road
|(As of 2006)|
1776 Plainfield Pike
CRANSTON HIGH SCHOOL WEST
80 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
Serves 1,806 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.5
CRANSTON HIGH SCHOOL EAST
899 PARK AVENUE
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,613 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1
CRANSTON CAREER & TECH CENTER
100 METROPOLITAN AVENUE
A Vocational School
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