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    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  12. Commute
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Providence is a city in Rhode Island with a population of 178,851. Providence is in Providence County. Living in Providence offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Providence there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Providence and residents tend to be liberal.
About Providence...
Population
178,851

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$173,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$917
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    66%
  • Own
    34%
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Providence 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
    327
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    58
    41
  • Robbery
    142
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    563
    500
  • Theft
    2,409
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    322
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,366
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

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Providence Rhode Island is a fantastic place to be. This small city is slowly growing and ever changing. There are many opportunities to explore. Water fire is a fun attraction where hundreds of people visit water place park to watch fires lit over the water. Providence is also home to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design which are fun places to walk around in. Benefit street is lined with old beautiful houses. There is a variety of interesting and diverse foods to eat from Indonesian, Mexican, French and Italian. You can always find awesome food in Providence. Not to mention sea food, as Providence is only a 40 minute drive from the beach!
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I have lived in Providence all my life with spending only two years living in another state. To be honest, I just love Providence and how everything is always so easily accessible. You can drive throughout the state within an hour and still be able to have enough time to do a historical tour in Providence. We may be a small state, but we are known for some of the oldest historical buildings and history. Along with some of the best schools in the country: Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. And not to mention the cultural diversity of this city is so diverse its hard not to meet someone who is of a different ethnicity. The food is amazing and the people here are great! The ocean; as I like to say is literally two minutes away from my childhood home and you are bound to have a blast if you decide to come visit or live in Providence.
Providence is like a little New York City. The city is alive day and night. There are tons of smalls shops and restaurants from pizza to fine dining. Providence is home to the historic 18 story Biltmore hotel as well as a three story shopping mall, and numerous colleges. Providence is a great town for college students because of the close proximity to colleges, the nightlife, and the variety of restaurants. I would recommend this city to my friends, a new family, and grandparents. It's a beautiful and scenic town near Narragansett Bay with tons to do!