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Overview

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.

History

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.

Attractions

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

Activities

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.

Transportation

The city is served by the T.F. Green International Airport. The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority provides bus service for the city.

Demographics

People

Total Population80,882
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens16.2%
Employed Population 16+38,576
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married44.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher30.6%
Median Earnings25+$41,768
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,659
Median Earnings With High School Degree$32,470

Wealth

Median Family Income$79,214
% Above Poverty Level89.7%
% Below Poverty Level10.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone31%
Median Gross Rent$988
Median House Value$212,200

Ancestry

Italian31.3%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.3%
Irish16.6%
English8.1%
Portuguese7.8%
French Except Basque5.7%
German3.7%
Polish2.9%
Canadian2.5%
African2%
Arab1.9%
Swedish1.6%
US/American1.4%
West Indian1.3%
Russian1.2%
Cape Verdean1.2%
Greek1.1%
Scottish1%
Lebanese0.9%
Haitian0.7%
Jamaican0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
Syrian0.3%
Nigerian0.3%
Lithuanian0.3%
Dutch0.2%
Egyptian0.2%
Liberian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Welsh0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Iraqi0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Cranston Almanac

CategoryValue
County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2920, 2921, 2910, 2905, 2907
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.77
Approximate Longitude-71.47

Cranston 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
Distance4.4 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
StationNORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance16 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
StationWEST MEDWAY
Distance24.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
East Providence47,260$63,717
Johnston29,126$87,326
North Providence32,333$76,104
Providence178,851$43,585
Warwick81,881$84,421
West Warwick28,836$69,302

Cranston Public Libraries

Cranston Public Library
140 SOCKANOSSET CROSS ROAD
Cranston, Rhode Island
(401) 943-9080

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Cranston Hospitals

Eleanor Slater Hospital
(Government - State)
3 Regan Court

Cranston Public Schools

Chester W. Barrows School
9 Beachmont Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 270-8160
Primary
Total Enrollment 185
Edgewood Highland
160 Pawtuxet Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 270-8065
Primary
Total Enrollment 280
Edward S. Rhodes School
160 Shaw Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 270-8110
Primary
Total Enrollment 259
Cranston High School East
899 Park Avenue
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8126
High
Total Enrollment 1545
Daniel D. Waterman School
722 Pontiac Avenue
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8013
Primary
Total Enrollment 246
Eden Park School
180 Oakland Avenue
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8029
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Hugh B. Bain Middle School
135 Gansett Avenue
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8010
Middle
Total Enrollment 493
Park View Middle School
25 Park View Boulevard
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8090
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Stadium School
100 Crescent Avenue
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8188
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
W. R. Dutemple School
32 Garden Street
ZIP: 2910
(401) 270-8104
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Arlington School
155 Princess Avenue
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8179
Primary
Total Enrollment 278
Cranston Career & Tech Center
100 Metropolitan Avenue
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8070
Cranston High School West
80 Metropolitan Avenue
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8049
High
Total Enrollment 1462
Dcyf Alternative Ed. Program
57 Power Road
ZIP: 2920
(401) 462-7248
High
Total Enrollment 75
Garden City School
70 Plantations Drive
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8073
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
George J. Peters School
15 Mayberry Street
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8199
Primary
Total Enrollment 328
Gladstone Street School
50 Gladstone Street
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8080
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Glen Hills School
50 Glen Hills Drive
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8005
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Nel/cps Construction Career
4 Sharpe Drive
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8692
High
Total Enrollment 146
Oak Lawn School
36 Stoneham Street
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8004
Primary
Total Enrollment 260
Stone Hill School
21 Village Avenue
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8022
Primary
Total Enrollment 322
Western Hills Middle School
400 Phenix Avenue
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8030
Middle
Total Enrollment 716
Woodridge School
401 Budlong Road
ZIP: 2920
(401) 270-8007
Primary
Total Enrollment 342
Hope Highlands Elementary
300 Hope Road
ZIP: 2921
(401) 270-8148
Primary
Total Enrollment 389
Orchard Farms El. School
1555 Scituate Avenue
ZIP: 2921
(401) 270-8801
Primary
Total Enrollment 307

Cranston Private Schools

Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School
235 Garden Hills Dr
ZIP: 2902
Elementary
Total Enrollment 314
St Paul School
1789 Broad St
ZIP: 2905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
Valley Community School
83 Rolfe Sq
ZIP: 2910
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 61
Learning Brooke Ece Center
1170 Pontiac Ave Ste 200
ZIP: 2920
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
Miss Lee
180 Oaklawn Ave
ZIP: 2920
Elementary
Total Enrollment 15
St Mary Elementary School
85 Chester Ave
ZIP: 2920
Elementary
Total Enrollment 203
Pumpkin Patch Early Learning Center
220 Comstock Pkwy
ZIP: 2921
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
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