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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 179,509. 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
179,509

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$181,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$949
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
    250.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    60.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    137.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    516.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,328.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    306.4
    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
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    22%
    13%

Working in Providence

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$40,366
National
$55,322
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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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Providence is a small city with direct connections to Boston and New York via railway or bus. Its weather is very pleasant from March to November. Winter is cold with regular snow, but the configuration and size of the city allow you to move with ease. This city offers tourists and residents a wide variety of restaurants and cafes with price ranges that fit different budgets. For nature lovers, Providence surroundings offer more than 30 miles of coast where you can find a very interesting dune landscape. Autumn in Providence offers a dramatic explosion of color due to the wide variety of trees and great extensions of forest coverage.
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.