Introduction to Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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.

Pawtucket History

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 Attractions

  • The annual Arts Festival occurs in September
  • Riversing is a popular musical event
  • The Pawtucket Red Sox is a minor league baseball team associated with the Boston Red Sox
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame is dedicated to the movies made in Pawtucket
  • Gallery Flux showcases contemporary art
  • Museum of Work and Culture focuses on the immigrants who worked in the mills

Pawtucket Historic Sites

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:

  • John E. Adams House
  • Bridge Mill Power Plant
  • G.A. Burnham House
  • Lorenzo Crandall House
  • Division Street Bridge
  • Fuller House
  • Pawtucket Elks Lodge Building
  • Louis Kotzow House
  • Main Street Bridge
  • Mitchell-Arnold House
  • Nathaniel Montgomery House
  • Pawtucket City Hall
  • Liberty Arming the Patriot
  • Pawtucket Times Building
  • Quality Hill Historic District

Pawtucket Activities

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.


Total Population 71,395
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 32,820
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 38.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.2%
Median Earnings25+ $31,800
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,095
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,533


Median Family Income $49,440
% Above Poverty Level 79.4%
% Below Poverty Level 20.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.6%
% Using Public Transportation 4%


People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $832
Median House Value $170,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.8%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.7%
Irish 13%

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

Pawtucket Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 37 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
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.
Latitude 41.878
Longitude -71.383

Pawtucket Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.5 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 17.8 miles
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
Distance 18.2 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Darlington (02861)

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
East Providence 47,266 $62,457
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
Providence 178,680 $44,342

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

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Pawtucket Hospitals

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(401) 729-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

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