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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population178,851
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens9.1%
Employed Population 16+77,955
Age of the Population29

Families

% of people married30.1%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher29.4%
Median Earnings25+$30,766
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,122
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,285

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,585
% Above Poverty Level71.8%
% Below Poverty Level28.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work12.2%
% Using Public Transportation7.7%

Housing

People Living Alone32%
Median Gross Rent$917
Median House Value$173,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)56%
Italian9%
Irish8.1%
African5.1%
English3.7%
French Except Basque3.3%
German3.2%
Portuguese2.7%
Polish2.1%
West Indian1.9%
Cape Verdean1.9%
Canadian1.5%
Liberian1.2%
Haitian1.1%
Russian1.1%
Scottish0.9%
Swedish0.8%
Arab0.7%
Nigerian0.6%
Dutch0.4%
Greek0.4%
Norwegian0.3%
US/American0.3%
Jamaican0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Austrian0.2%
Brazilian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Ghanaian0.1%
Trinidad Tobago0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Ethiopian0.1%
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Providence Almanac

CategoryValue
County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2903, 2906, 2909, 2904, 2908, 2905, 2907, 2911, 2910, 2919
P.O. Box Zip Codes2901, 2940
Company Zip Codes2902, 2912, 2918
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.82
Approximate Longitude-71.41

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)

StationPROVIDENCE GREEN AP
Distance7.5 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
Distance16.6 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
StationNEWPORT ROSE
Distance22.6 miles
Jan Temp23 to 38 F
Apr Temp39 to 54 F
Jul Temp64 to 78 F
Oct Temp48 to 62 F
Annual Precip46 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Central Falls19,366$31,311
Cranston80,882$79,214
East Providence47,260$63,717
Johnston29,126$87,326
North Providence32,333$76,104
Pawtucket71,389$50,150

Providence Public Libraries

Providence Public Library
150 EMPIRE STREET
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 455-8000
Providence Community Library
441 PRAIRIE AVENUE
Providence, Rhode Island
(401) 467-2700

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Providence Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Providence
(Government - Federal)
830 Chalkstone Ave
Butler Hospital
(Non-profit)
345 Blackstone Blvd
Hasbro Childrens Hospital
(Non-profit)
593 Eddy Street
Saint Joseph Health Services Of Rhode Island
(Non-profit)
21 Peace Street
Roger Williams Medical Center
(Non-profit)
825 Chalkstone Ave
Women And Infants Hospital Of Rhode Island
(Non-profit)
101 Dudley Street
The Miriam Hospital
(Non-profit)
164 Summit Ave
Rhode Island Hospital
(Non-profit)
593 Eddy Street

Providence Public Schools

Central High School
70 Fricker Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 456-9111
High
Total Enrollment 1087
Classical High School
770 Westminster Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 456-9145
High
Total Enrollment 1118
Vartan Gregorian El. School
455 Wickenden St.
ZIP: 2903
(401) 456-9377
Primary
Total Enrollment 398
Urban Collaborative Program
75 Carpenter Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 272-0881
Middle
Total Enrollment 139
Rini Middle College
150 Washington Street, 4th Floor
ZIP: 2903
(401) 680-4900
High
Total Enrollment 218
Providence Career Technical
41 Fricker Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 456-9136
High
Total Enrollment 624
Carl G. Lauro El. School
99 Kenyon Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 456-9391
Primary
Total Enrollment 915
Village Green Virtual
135 Weybosset Street
ZIP: 2903
(401) 831-2878
Other
Total Enrollment 166
Veazie Street School
211 Veazie Street
ZIP: 2904
(401) 453-8601
Primary
Total Enrollment 615
E-cubed Academy
812 Branch Avenue
ZIP: 2904
(401) 456-0694
High
Total Enrollment 353
Esek Hopkins Middle
480 Charles Street
ZIP: 2904
(401) 456-9203
Middle
Total Enrollment 574
The Hope Academy
1000 Eddy Street
ZIP: 2905
(401) 280-5698
Primary
Total Enrollment 36
Metropolitan Career Tech Ctr
325 Public Street
ZIP: 2905
(401) 752-2600
High
Total Enrollment 837
Cornel Young & Charlotte Woods
674 Prairie Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 278-0515
Primary
Total Enrollment 692
Alan Shawn Feinstein Elem.
1450 Broad Street
ZIP: 2905
(401) 456-9367
Primary
Total Enrollment 471
Mary E. Fogarty El. School
199 Oxford Street
ZIP: 2905
(401) 456-9381
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Roger Williams Middle
278 Thurbers Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 456-9355
Middle
Total Enrollment 862
Robert L. Bailey, Iv
65 Gordon Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 456-1735
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
W B Cooley & Acad Internationa
182 Thurbers Avenue
ZIP: 2905
(401) 456-1781
High
Total Enrollment 684
Hope High School
324 Hope Street
ZIP: 2906
(401) 456-9161
High
Total Enrollment 856
Martin Luther King El. School
35 Camp Street
ZIP: 2906
(401) 456-9398
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Nathan Bishop Middle
101 Sessions Street
ZIP: 2906
(401) 456-9344
Middle
Total Enrollment 727
Highlander Charter
42 Lexington Avenue
ZIP: 2907
(401) 277-2600
Other
Total Enrollment 393
Reservoir Avenue School
156 Reservoir Avenue
ZIP: 2907
(401) 456-9406
Primary
Total Enrollment 303
Southside Elementary Charter
126 Somerset Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 521-9696
Primary
Total Enrollment 23
Charles N. Fortes Academy
234 Daboll Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 278-0501
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Gilbert Stuart Middle School
188 Princeton Avenue
ZIP: 2907
(401) 456-9341
Middle
Total Enrollment 908
Dr. Jorge Alvarez Hs
375 Adelaide Avenue
ZIP: 2907
(401) 456-0676
High
Total Enrollment 407
Lillian Feinstein El. School
159 Sackett Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 456-9407
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Leviton Dual Language School
65 Greenwich Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 278-2872
Primary
Total Enrollment 282
Alfred Lima, Sr. El School
222 Daboll Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 278-0504
Primary
Total Enrollment 636
Academy For Career Exploration
155 Harrison Street
ZIP: 2907
(401) 456-1738
High
Total Enrollment 190
Times2 Academy
50 Fillmore Street
ZIP: 2908
(401) 272-5094
Other
Total Enrollment 653
George J. West El. School
145 Beaufort Street
ZIP: 2908
(401) 456-9337
Primary
Total Enrollment 827
Robert F. Kennedy El. School
195 Nelson Street
ZIP: 2908
(401) 456-9403
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
R.i. School For The Deaf
One Corliss Park
ZIP: 2908
(401) 222-3525
Other
Total Enrollment 63
Nathanael Greene Middle
721 Chalkstone Avenue
ZIP: 2908
(401) 456-9347
Middle
Total Enrollment 979
Paul Cuffee Charter School
459 Promenade Street
ZIP: 2908
(401) 453-2626
Other
Total Enrollment 779
Mount Pleasant High
434 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
ZIP: 2908
(401) 456-9181
High
Total Enrollment 868
Harry Kizirian Elementary
60 Camden Avenue
ZIP: 2908
(401) 456-9369
Primary
Total Enrollment 612
Anthony Carnevale Elementary
50 Springfield Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 278-0554
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Sheila Skip Nowell Leadership
133 Delaine Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 751-0405
High
Total Enrollment 81
Achievement First Providence
370 Hartford Avenue
ZIP: 2909
(401) 318-0221
Primary
Total Enrollment 272
Trinity Academy Performing Art
158 Messer Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 432-7881
Other
Total Enrollment 174
West Broadway Middle School
29 Bainbridge Avenue
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9102
Middle
Total Enrollment 265
Governor Christopher Delsesto
152 Springfield Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 278-0557
Middle
Total Enrollment 927
Webster Avenue School
191 Webster Avenue
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9414
Primary
Total Enrollment 396
William D'abate Elem. School
60 Kossuth Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9416
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Frank D. Spaziano Annex
240 Laban Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-1783
Primary
Total Enrollment 203
Frank D. Spaziano Elem School
85 Laurel Hill Avenue
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9389
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Asa Messer El. School
1655 Westminster Street
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9401
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Pleasant View School
50 Obediah Brown Road
ZIP: 2909
(401) 456-9325
Primary
Total Enrollment 441

Providence Private Schools

Jo-ann Caffey Mcdowell Elc At John Hope
7 Thomas P Whitten Way
ZIP: 2903
Elementary
Total Enrollment 16
Tavares Pediatric & Education Center
101 Plain St
ZIP: 2903
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 9
The San Miguel School
525 Branch Ave
ZIP: 2904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
Sophia Academy
979 Branch Ave
ZIP: 2904
Elementary
Total Enrollment 54
Bishop Mcvinney Elementary School
155 Gordon Ave
ZIP: 2905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 191
Roger Williams Daycare Center
64 Applegate Ln
ZIP: 2905
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Meeting Street School
1000 Eddy St
ZIP: 2905
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 132
School One
220 University Ave
ZIP: 2906
Secondary
Total Enrollment 80
Providence Hebrew Day School
450 Elmgrove Ave
ZIP: 2906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 144
Wheeler School
216 Hope St
ZIP: 2906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 768
Montessori Childrens House
518 Lloyd Ave
ZIP: 2906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 43
Moses Brown School
250 Lloyd Ave
ZIP: 2906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 746
Jewish Community Day School Of Rhode Island
85 Taft Ave
ZIP: 2906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 62
French-american School Of Rhode Island
75 John St
ZIP: 2906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 144
The Groden Center
86 Mount Hope Ave
ZIP: 2906
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 87
Hamilton School At Wheeler
216 Hope St
ZIP: 2906
Elementary
Total Enrollment 72
The Tides School
790 Broad St
ZIP: 2907
Secondary
Total Enrollment 8
Community Preparatory School
126 Somerset St
ZIP: 2907
Elementary
Total Enrollment 148
Elmwood Community School
708 Elmwood Ave
ZIP: 2907
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 10
St Augustine School
635 Mount Pleasant Ave
ZIP: 2908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 262
Henry Barnard School At Ri College
600 Mount Pleasant Ave
ZIP: 2908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 260
La Salle Academy
612 Academy Ave
ZIP: 2908
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1478
St Pius V School
49 Elmhurst Ave
ZIP: 2908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 216
Mount Pleasant Academy
1246 Chalkstone Ave
ZIP: 2908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 21
St Patrick Academy
244 Smith St
ZIP: 2908
Secondary
Total Enrollment 64
Blessed Sacrament School
240 Regent Ave
ZIP: 2908
Elementary
Total Enrollment 254
Center For Individualized Training & Education
15 Bough St
ZIP: 2909
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 17
St Thomas Regional School
15 Edendale Ave
ZIP: 2911
Elementary
Total Enrollment 168
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Rhode Island Normal School between 1910 and 1920

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