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Overview

Introduction to Central Falls, Rhode Island

Central Falls, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 1 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The city is located in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area.

Central Falls History

The first white inhabitants came to this area sometime during the mid 19th century. Before that, the area was dense woodland inhabited by Native American people such as the Nipmuc, Narragansett, and Wampanoag Indians. The area saw industrial growth after early settlers discovered the power of the Blackstone River. The community became one of the largest manufacturers of firearms in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. In February 1895, Central Falls was incorporated as a city.

Central Falls and nearby Attractions

  • Pierce Park and Riverwalk
  • Haines Memorial State Park
  • Roger Williams National Memorial
  • Roger Williams Park Zoo
  • Providence Children's Museum
  • Chemawa Golf Course

Things To Do In Central Falls

Lincoln woods State Park, which is nearby, provides excellent recreational opportunities including its freshwater beach, where people enjoy swimming and fishing, an outdoor ice rink, and trails. There are many ponds in and around the city which serve as popular recreational spots. Those interested in art should visit the Museum of Art and Rhode Island School of Art, which has 85,000 artworks tracing the history of art.

Central Falls Transportation

Logan International Airport is less than one hour by car.

Central Falls Higher Education

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

Demographics

People

Total Population19,366
Male Share of the Population51.2%
Female Share of the Population48.8%
Senior Citizens7.7%
Employed Population 16+8,033
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married33.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher8.7%
Median Earnings25+$22,303
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,210
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,554

Wealth

Median Family Income$31,311
% Above Poverty Level67.3%
% Below Poverty Level32.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time29 minutes
% Working from Home1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work6.1%
% Using Public Transportation5.4%

Housing

People Living Alone27.9%
Median Gross Rent$809
Median House Value$153,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)66.2%
African10.8%
Cape Verdean10%
Portuguese5%
French Except Basque4%
Irish3.9%
Italian3%
English1.8%
Polish1.5%
Canadian1.5%
West Indian1.2%
Syrian0.7%
Arab0.7%
German0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Trinidad Tobago0.5%
Scottish0.5%
Dutch0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Romanian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Senegalese0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Greek0.1%
US/American0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
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Central Falls Almanac

CategoryValue
County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2863
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.89
Approximate Longitude-71.39

Central Falls Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance12.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 37 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 83 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip46.4 inches
StationWEST MEDWAY
Distance16.9 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance17.8 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cumberland34,285$94,212
East Providence47,260$63,717
Lincoln21,486$85,716
North Providence32,333$76,104
Pawtucket71,389$50,150
Providence178,851$43,585

Central Falls Public Libraries

Central Falls Free Public Library
205 CENTRAL STREET
Central Falls, Rhode Island
(401) 727-7440

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Central Falls Public Schools

Calcutt Middle School
112 Washington Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7726
Middle
Total Enrollment 660
Central Falls Sr High
24 Summer Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7710
High
Total Enrollment 742
Ella Risk School
949 Dexter Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7731
Primary
Total Enrollment 442
G. Harold Hunt School
14 Kendall Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7720
Primary
Total Enrollment 91
Margaret I. Robertson School
135 Hunt Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7733
Primary
Total Enrollment 222
Segue Inst For Learning
325 Cowden Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 721-0964
Middle
Total Enrollment 240
Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership
43 Hawes Street
ZIP: 2863
(401) 722-1600
High
Total Enrollment 79
The Learning Community
21 Lincoln Avenue
ZIP: 2863
(401) 722-9998
Primary
Total Enrollment 561
Veterans Memorial Elementary
150 Fuller Avenue
ZIP: 2863
(401) 727-7740
Primary
Total Enrollment 503

Central Falls Private Schools

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Academy
909 Lonsdale Ave
ZIP: 2863
Elementary
Total Enrollment 123
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