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Overview

Introduction to East Providence, Rhode Island

East Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 2 miles E of Providence, Rhode Island (center to center) and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The city is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. East Providence has a population of 48,688.

East Providence History

The present day city of East Providence was originally inhabited by the Native Americans. In the early 1660s, the city was part of a large settlement known as Rehoboth. In fact, the center of Rehoboth, which was also known as Old Rehoboth, presently lies within the borders of East Providence. The western half of Old Rehoboth was incorporated in 1812 as a separate township. It was named Seekonk, Massachusetts. Later in 1862, part of the township was ceded to Rhode Island and reincorporated as the city of East Providence.

East Providence and nearby Attractions

  • Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
  • John Brown House Museum
  • Crescent Park Carousel
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Haines Memorial State Park

Things To Do In East Providence

While staying in East Providence, you can visit the Crescent Amusement Park, Rumford Historic District, Squantum Woods State Park, Roger Williams Square, Grassy Plains Park, and Sabin Point Park. The city also offers easy access to Lincoln Woods State Park and the Museum of Natural History. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Narragansett Park Plaza Shopping Center, Lakeside Shopping Center, and Wampanoag Mall Shopping Center. Golfers can also spend their free hours at the Silver Spring Golf Course and Hunt Club Golf Course.

East Providence Transportation

Theodore Francis Green State Airport is nearby.

East Providence Higher Education

Brown University and Johnson & Wales University are close to the city.

People

Total Population 47,266
Male Share of the Population 46.6%
Female Share of the Population 53.4%
Senior Citizens 17.8%
Employed Population 16+ 22,222
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 43.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26%
Median Earnings25+ $38,613
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $29,363
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,800

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,457
% Above Poverty Level 87.8%
% Below Poverty Level 12.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.2%
% Using Public Transportation 3.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $897
Median House Value $212,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 16.8%
US/American 0.6%
English 9.2%
Irish 17.8%

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

East Providence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 2 miles E of Providence, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02914, 02915, 02916
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.813
Longitude -71.37

East Providence 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 7.4 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 18.9 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 ROCHESTER
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 57 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Riverside (02915)

Rumford (02916)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Central Falls 19,378 $31,398
Cranston 80,761 $78,125
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
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/.

East Providence Public Libraries

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East Providence Public Library
41 GROVE AVENUE
East Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 434-2453
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East Providence High Schools

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EAST PROVIDENCE HIGH
2000 PAWTUCKET AVENUE
401-435-7806
Serves 2,040 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

GROVE AVENUE DEV. CENTER
33 HOPPIN AVENUE
401-433-6253
A Non-traditional School
Serves 26 students.

EAST PROVIDENCE CAREER & TECH
1998 PAWTUCKET AVENUE
401-435-7815
A Vocational School

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