Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 37 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Pawtucket is the fourth largest city in Rhode Island and is one of the few cities in the United States which has a significant Liberian population. Hasbro, a major manufacturer of toys and games has its headquarters in the city. Pawtucket is home to numerous industries, including jewelry, silverware, textiles and metals. It was a major factor during the Industrial Revolution and includes a large number of historic sites. The municipality is a cultural and arts center for the region.
The city was established in 1671. Pawtucket had a prominent role in the industrialization of the country. In 1793 Samuel Slater built a facility for spinning cotton yarn. Slater Mill is regarded as the origin of industry for the nation. Pawtucket had a thriving textile industry and numerous machine shops and iron works facilities. Over time, it became an important manufacturing center.
Pawtucket has a large number of historic locations including Slater Mill which is regarded as the birthplace of industry in the United States. The site also includes the notable Sylvanus Brown House and the Wilkinson Mill which showcases a 19th century machine shop. Visitors also have an opportunity to see operating textile machines from the early days. The nearby Slaterville Village Green is regarded as one of the oldest mill villages in the nation and includes homes from the Colonial era.
The Dagget House features notable antiques such as Colonial pewter from the Revolutionary War and china formerly owned by General and Mrs. Nathaniel Greene. The Modern Diner was the first diner in the country to be included in the National Register of Historic Places. It's a Sterling Streamliner, which were constructed during the late 1930's as well as the early 1940's. Other noteworthy historic sites include:
Families enjoy Slater Memorial Park which includes a variety of recreational areas and features the oldest operating Looff Carousel in the entire world, which is included in the National Register of Historic Places. Dagget Farm offers horse riding lessons, pony rides, beautiful floral gardens and opportunities to see a variety of farm animals. The Pawtucket Country Club is popular for golfing.
Visitors enjoy the riverboat tours along the Blackstone River Valley. Ferry boat tours along the Providence Harbor and Narragansett Bay are popular with tourists. The nearby Blackstone River Bikeway is a scenic rail trail. The close by Onley Pond features beautiful granite boulders and opportunities for canoeing.
Pawtucket strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Rhode Island):
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Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
Walking and Biking to Work
Comparing Pawtucket to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Rhode Island (State):
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|Portion of People Married|
|People in Middle Class or Better|
|People Above Poverty|
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|College Educated Adults|
|Walking and Biking to Work|
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|Short Commute Times|
|Working at Home|
|Affordability of Rents|
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|Seasonal and Vacation Housing|
|Housing Recently Built|
|Low Violent Crime|
|Low Property Crime|
|Nearest Large City||37 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts|
|Metro Area||Providence - Fall River - Warwick|
|Standard Zip Codes||02860, 02861|
|P.O. Box Zip Codes||02862|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Average Family Size||3.07|
|American Indian & Alaskan||217||0.3%|
|Hispanic (included in categories above)||10,141||13.9%|
|Est. 2005 Population||73,742|
(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)
|Other (often includes Hispanic and African American)||18.4%|
|French (except Basque)||10.4%|
According to the US Postal Service, Pawtucket, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:Darlington (02861)
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MEMORIAL HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
111 BREWSTER STREET
Emergency Service: Yes
WILLIAM E. TOLMAN HIGH
150 EXCHANGE STREET
Serves 1,284 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3
SHEA HIGH SCHOOL
485 EAST AVENUE
A Title I School.
Serves 1,188 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4
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