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.


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:

  • 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


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.


Total Population 80,761
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 15.3%
Employed Population 16+ 37,885
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.9%
Median Earnings25+ $40,946
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,920
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,593


Median Family Income $78,125
% Above Poverty Level 88.4%
% Below Poverty Level 11.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2.9%


People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $984
Median House Value $213,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.9%
US/American 1.8%
English 8.4%
Irish 17.3%

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

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


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

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
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
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

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 Population Median Family Income
East Providence 47,266 $62,457
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
Providence 178,680 $44,342
Warwick 81,855 $82,937
West Warwick 28,891 $65,802

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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