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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Downtown is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island with a population of 4,910. Downtown is in Providence County and is one of the best places to live in Rhode Island. Living in Downtown offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Downtown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Downtown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Downtown...
Population
4,910

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$225,840
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,377
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    85%
  • Own
    15%
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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
    546.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    436.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    305.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    11,402.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    633.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$51,005
National
$55,322
Families with Children
5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%
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Providence has cold winters and humid summers, but the gorgeous weather in the fall and spring more than make up for it. Walking through the city in a snowstorm, you get to see Providence at its prettiest. However, don't hold your breath for the city to plow or your neighbors to shovel well---walking can be treacherous in winter. Providence is surrounded by water so when it finally warms up (and it does!) there are so many locations to enjoy a drink, a meal, or a milkshake outside and enjoy the breeze, the many events, and the low key beauty of the city.
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Providence is in New England so the community is pretty laid back: people are pretty nice, but won't go out of their way to be friendly. People are generally nice to each other, but Providence really gets its sense of community from the city as a whole. There are tons of arts organizations here that unite people and people tend to identify with whatever part of town they live in. In general, there is more of a sense of neighborliness on the East Side, but everyone roots for Providence and Little Rhody.
Housing is very different depending on which side of the city you're living. On the east side, most of the properties are well maintained (at least from the outside), and many have lawns, driveways, and garages. On the west side, there are many gorgeous, old, well maintained buildings, but there are just as many that are tiny and riddled with problems. The west side is definitely more affordable, but you can find great places on either side of the river.