Introduction to North Providence, Rhode Island

North Providence, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 3 miles NW of Providence, Rhode Island (center to center) and 40 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The people of the town are in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

North Providence History

North Providence was established in 1636. The town originally included parts of the present day cities of Pawtucket and Providence. It was incorporated in 1765. Salvatore Mancini became the town's first elected mayor in 1974. North Providence is the eighth-highest populated town in Rhode Island.

North Providence and nearby Attractions

  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
  • Smith-Appleby House Museum
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Lincoln Woods State Park

Things To Do In North Providence

You can visit Peter Randall State Park during your stay in North Providence. It is also worth visiting the Twin Rivers Beach. You can also plan a trip to the Mayor Salvatore Mancini Union Free Public Library and Cultural Center and the Providence Jewelry Museum. Fishing and boating can be enjoyed on Woonasquatucket River. The Louisquissett Golf Course is an ideal destination for golf lovers.

North Providence Transportation

Flights can be availed from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

North Providence Higher Education

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


Total Population 32,291
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 19.7%
Employed Population 16+ 16,421
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 42.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 28.8%
Median Earnings25+ $40,283
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $27,450
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,803


Median Family Income $71,592
% Above Poverty Level 90.6%
% Below Poverty Level 9.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.5%


People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $926
Median House Value $202,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.3%
US/American 1.3%
English 6.9%
Irish 17.4%

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

North Providence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles NW 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 02904, 02908, 02911
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.861
Longitude -71.466

North Providence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 10.1 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 13.8 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
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 33 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Centerdale (02911)

Centredale (02911)

Centredale Finance Branch (02911)

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
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
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/.

North Providence Public Libraries

Mayor Salvatore Mancini Union Free Library
North Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 353-5600
Library Web Site

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North Providence Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(401) 456-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.5

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