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Cranston, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Cranston is the 2nd largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 82,398 as of July 1, 2016. Cranston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Rhode Island. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cranston is located at latitude 41.7697 and longitude -71.485 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cranston (see map below) encompass a land area of 28.34 sq. miles and a water area of 1.6 sq. miles. Providence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 66 feet.

The City of Cranston (GNIS ID: 1220069) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cranston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cranston: Mashapaug, Maushapogue, Maushapoque.

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Cranston, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 82,398
Population in Households 77,951
Population in Familes 62,538
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,447
Population Density1 2,908
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 31,770
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 20,461
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 33,571 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,774 (61.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,996 (32.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,801 ( 5.4%)
Median Home Value $236,220
Average Home Value $270,122


Median Household Income $58,549
Average Household Income $77,998
Per Capita Income $30,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.4% 0.5%
Households 0.39% 0.49%
Families 0.4% 0.51%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cranston, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cranston to the other 34 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 97th
Population Density1 # 9 76th
Diversity Index2 # 6 85th
Median Household Income # 25 29th
Per Capita Income # 24 32nd

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