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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Cranston is a suburb of Providence with a population of 81,196. Cranston is in Providence County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in Cranston offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cranston there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Cranston and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Cranston are above average.
About Cranston...
Population
81,196

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$228,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,021
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Cranston Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    98.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    31.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    138.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,119.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    104.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Cranston

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$66,283
National
$55,322
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Cranston is a nice, family-friendly suburb in the state of Rhode Island. The schools here are wonderful and the place is scenic for the most part. A great amount of greenery and places like Garden City and Chapel Hill are a definite must visit! I hope to see more fun things come around in this place and watch it grow!
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I love Cranston because everything you need is around a 20 minute radius. I can go shopping, get groceries and get dinner and I won't have to leave Cranston. It's home!
I’ve lived in Cranston since I was born and I love it. You rarely hear about robberies and I’ve never heard about any violent crimes. Cranston is a big place, and I speak more for eastern Cranston, it’s very diverse not only in race but age, economic background, etc. I am part of an LGBTQA+ family and I have yet to meet anyone here who is intolerant of that. All in all, it’s a great community and the schools are getting better — it’s a nice place to live but it doesn’t feel like a white-picket-fence suburb where crime doesn’t exist either.