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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
College Hill is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island with a population of 12,948. College Hill is in Providence County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in College Hill offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In College Hill there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in College Hill and residents tend to be liberal.
About College Hill...
Population
12,948

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$585,808
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,329
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    14.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    132.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,194.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    29.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$63,320
National
$55,322
Families with Children
11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    57%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    7%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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College Hill Reviews

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The College Hill area is home to students from RISD and Brown University. There are many restaurants in the area, in particular on Wickenden Street, Thayer Street and South Main Street. There are also many bars and great spots for a drink. College Hill is close to Downcity Providence, which also has many restaurants and bars/clubs. As well as residential homes, College Hill has dorms and apartments that students rent. It is overall a safe area, although one should not walk alone at night. College Hill is, literally, a very big hill, so be prepared for a good workout!
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If you like a small scale city with a rich creative and academic scene then Providence is a great place to land. With Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Johnson and Whales University consciously integrated into the city fabric, there is a great community of academics, artists, designers, and culinary pioneers! Providence is a really lovely scale, it has enough activity that there's always an event to attend and is small enough to be able to focus on work and enjoy the natural beauty that Rhode Island has to offer. Overall, I think the city is great! What would make it even better is a stronger network for bikers--PVD, like many older NE cities, was built with very narrow roads making it hard for bikers to feel safe on the roadways--there are great bike paths but not lanes in the city.
Providence, like many urban areas, does have problems with theft (especially bicycle theft) and recently there has been some problems with muggings near the universities. The local police and campus police were quick to respond and addressed the issues by increasing on-street security and visibility of officers. I feel safer now.