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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
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Providence is a city in Rhode Island with a population of 179,435. Providence is in Providence County. Living in Providence offers residents an urban suburban mix 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
179,435

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$192,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$972
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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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
    295.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    59
    40.7
  • Robbery
    134.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    397.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,349.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    263.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    18%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
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
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%

Working in Providence

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,158
National
$55,322
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Providence is one of the most vibrant small cities on the east coast. A truly superb and diverse selection of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. Eclectic, boutique shopping in quaint neighborhoods and a beautiful, high-end mall with every popular store you would expect to find. The city also offers plenty of entertainment choices from live music venues, off Broadway shows and small community theaters. Galleries and museums for art enthusiasts and an exciting international college student scene makes Providence a great place to visit or live!
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I have faced many challenges as a minority woman growing up in the city of Providence. I am one of many Dominican first-generation students who come from immigrant parents. I struggled growing up being an English second language learner persevering through school and coming home to help my parents translate official government documents. I come from a disadvantaged background of Providence the capital city of Rhode Island that is unheard of filled with barriers throughout the community. Not only is my city in desperate need but was deemed one of the worst districts for education and economically disadvantaged. Despite this all, I plan on achieving greatness because of my city. I am more than a product of my environment but strive for success for the people who look and come from the same place as me. I am from more than just Dominicans on Broad Street but a woman of color willing to start her own business and entrepreneur to give back to her city.
Providence is a beautiful city with wonderful sites. There are many activities you can do. Atwells Ave is full of delicious restaurants, Providence WaterFire is pretty cool to watch, and there are many night clubs and lounges that are tons of fun!