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East Providence, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of East Providence is the 5th largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 51,935 as of July 1, 2016. East Providence 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 East Providence is located at latitude 41.8 and longitude -71.3566 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of East Providence (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.24 sq. miles and a water area of 3.31 sq. miles. Providence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 62 feet.

The City of East Providence (GNIS ID: 1220071) 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 East Providence population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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


Total Population 51,935
Population in Households 51,149
Population in Familes 39,518
Population in Group Qrtrs 786
Population Density1 3,922
Diversity Index2 42


Total Households 22,330
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 13,486
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22,772 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,688 (55.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,642 (42.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 442 ( 1.9%)
Median Home Value $231,075
Average Home Value $240,724


Median Household Income $50,039
Average Household Income $64,824
Per Capita Income $28,137
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.6% 1.29%
Households 1.62% 1.28%
Families 1.63% 1.29%
Median Household Income   1.45%
Per Capita Income   1.65%
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.

East Providence, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares East Providence 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 # 5 88th
Population Density1 # 6 85th
Diversity Index2 # 9 76th
Median Household Income # 30 15th
Per Capita Income # 26 26th

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