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  2. Crime & Safety
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Cranston is a suburb of Providence with a population of 80,979. Cranston is in Providence County. Living in Cranston offers residents a 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
80,979

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$219,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$998
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Cranston Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    32
    40.7
  • Robbery
    27
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    263.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,159.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 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
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

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Cranston, Rhode Island is my hometown and where I grew up until I was eighteen years old. I used to live near Reservoir Avenue where a plethora of businesses and restaurants reside. There are two Cranston Schools containing a relatively good education system. There is waste management that comes by to residences houses to pick up trash every week and each home is provided with district garbage barrels. It is a community where you get to know people and recognize familiar faces. Crime rate isn't bad, based on my knowledge. A large portion of Reservoir Avenue roads were just repaved and they look great, can't lie.
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Cranston, Rhode Island is a beautiful city with a true New England charm. Sitting right on the outskirts of Providence, Cranston gives the suburb neighborly feel without the distance. From elementary to high school the education system has reflected what smart, and motivated neighbors we are creating. Although the city has done much better than some of its neighboring cities, it could use some tax breaks for infrastructure. Many of Cranston's major roads are outdated and well over due for a face lift! Mayor Fung who has just been re-elected does well but could be a little less generous with dumping thousands into to the police departments new vehicles. I bet just one of those cars would pay the price to make some updates on the Doric street park that has had the same swings since the late 90's. Far enough away from the inner city shenanigans to live peacefully but still close enough to keep even the most sheltered children grounded and humble.
Cranston is very divided. The Western side is wealthy and white. The East side is more diverse with varying degrees of wealth. The people who have power in the city are connected and have their best interest at heart, not the best interest of all.

The economy in Cranston is doing well. There is a wide variety of shopping and dining. Garden City Center, in particular, has a lot of offer. Additionally, there are many small, locally owned businesses to support. Cranston has some of the best Italian restaurants in the state, though overlooked for Federal Hill.

It is a good place to settle down with a family, as the neighborhoods are safe and the public school system is successful. Though, it is not the place to go out if you are looking for a electric night out.