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Overview

Introduction to Providence, Rhode Island

Founded in 1636 by the clergyman Roger Williams, Providence is the capital of the state of Rhode Island. Providence is also the largest city in Rhode Island with a population of nearly 180,000 people, and the second largest city in New England. According to U.S. Census estimates, the Providence metropolitan area is one of the 35 largest in the United States.

Providence is located in east/central Rhode Island on the Providence River, which leads into Narragansett Bay. It is about an hour drive southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, and 50 minutes southeast of Worcester, Massachusetts. There are two Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters located in Providence, and several others in surrounding communities.

Providence's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and summers tend to be hot and humid. January is the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 37 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Providence's close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, at the head of Narragansett Bay, tends to moderate its weather a bit, making winters warmer and summers a little cooler than other parts of inland New England.

Providence Arts and Entertainment

For a city of modest size, Providence provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings. Some of the more notable include:

  • The Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • The Providence Children's Museum
  • The Providence Dunkin' Donuts Center, a venue for music and more
  • The Providence Performing Arts Center
  • The Rhode Island Philharmonic
  • The Roger Williams Park and Zoo
  • The Trinity Repertory Company

Providence is also a relatively short drive to all of the arts and cultural offerings of Boston, and Worcester, Massachusetts to the north.

Providence reputedly has more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the United States, making it a culinary enthusiast's dream. Many of Providence's restaurants are founded or staffed by graduates of the world famous College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University.

For sports enthusiasts, Providence is home to the American Hockey League (AHL) Providence Bruins. Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Pawtucket Red Sox play close by in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Red Sox are a Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Providence's proximity to Boston also puts it within an hour of major Massachusetts-based professional sports teams, including Major League Baseball's (MLB) Boston Red Sox, Major League Soccer's (MLS) New England Revolution, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Softball New England Riptide, the NBA's Boston Celtics, the NFL's New England Patriots, the NHL's Boston Bruins, the United Soccer League's (USL) USL-W Division Boston Renegades, and World Team Tennis' (WTT) Boston Lobsters.

People

Total Population 178,680
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 9.3%
Employed Population 16+ 77,339
Age of the Population 29

Families

% of people married 30%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,722
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,162
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,315

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,342
% Above Poverty Level 70.9%
% Below Poverty Level 29.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 12.2%
% Using Public Transportation 8.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $913
Median House Value $177,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 55.7%
US/American 0.3%
English 3.8%
Irish 8.1%

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

Providence Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 41 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02903, 02904, 02905, 02906, 02907, 02908, 02909, 02910, 02911
P.O. Box Zip Codes 02901, 02940
Company Zip Codes 02902, 02912, 02918
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.823
Longitude -71.413

Providence Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station PROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance 7.5 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
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 16.6 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
Station NEWPORT ROSE
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 38 F
Apr Temp 39 to 54 F
Jul Temp 64 to 78 F
Oct Temp 48 to 62 F
Annual Precip 46 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, 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
East Providence 47,266 $62,457
Johnston 29,095 $84,741
North Providence 32,291 $71,592
Pawtucket 71,395 $49,440

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

Providence Public Libraries

Library
Providence Public Library
225 WASHINGTON STREET
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 455-8000
Library Web Site

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Providence Hospitals

RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
593 EDDY STREET
(401) 444-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

WOMEN AND INFANTS HOSPITAL OF RHODE ISLAND
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
101 DUDLEY STREET
(401) 274-1100
Emergency Service: No

MIRIAM HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
164 SUMMIT AVENUE
(401) 793-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

ROGER WILLIAMS HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
825 CHALKSTONE AVENUE
(401) 456-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

Providence VA Medical Center
(VA)
830 Chalkstone Avenue
(401) 273-7100 or (866) 590-2976
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Providence High Schools

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CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
70 FRICKER STREET
401-456-9111
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,651 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

MOUNT PLEASANT HIGH
434 MOUNT PLEASANT AVENUE
401-456-9181
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,579 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

HOPE HIGH SCHOOL
324 HOPE STREET
401-456-9161
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,449 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

CLASSICAL HIGH SCHOOL
770 WESTMINSTER STREET
401-456-9145
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,134 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

TIMES2 ACADEMY
50 FILLMORE STREET
401-272-5094
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
A Title I School.
Serves 478 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

METROPOLITAN CAREER & TECH CTR
325 PUBLIC STREET
401-752-2600
A Vocational School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 438 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

FEINSTEIN HIGH SCHOOL
544 ELMWOOD AVENUE
401-456-1706
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 355 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.8

HEALTH & SCIENCE TECH ACAD.
182 THURBERS AVENUE
401-456-1781
Serves 283 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

TEXTRON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
130 BROADWAY
401-456-1738
A Non-traditional School
A Magnet School.
Serves 226 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.6

ALTERNATE LEARNING PROJECT
582 ELMWOOD AVENUE
401-456-9194
A Non-traditional School
Serves 129 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.1

R.I. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF
ONE CORLISS PARK
401-222-3525
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5

BIRCH VOCATIONAL
434 MT. PLEASANT AVENUE
401-456-9198
A Special Education School
Serves 73 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION
550 BRANCH AVENUE
401-456-9217
A Special Education School
Serves 30 students.

PROVIDENCE PLACE ACADEMY
182 THURBERS AVENUE
401-383-0794
A Vocational School
A Magnet School.

HANLEY CAREER & TECHNOLOGY
91 FRICKER STREET
401-456-9136
A Vocational School

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Rhode Island Normal School between 1910 and 1920

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Rhode Island Normal School between 1910 and 1920

Rhode Island Normal School c1906.

Sayles Hall (Brown University) c1906.

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