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Providence, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Providence is the largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 174,997 as of July 1, 2016. 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 Providence is located at latitude 41.8231 and longitude -71.4188 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of Providence (see map below) encompass a land area of 18.4 sq. miles and a water area of 2.17 sq. miles. Providence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 10 feet.

The City of Providence (GNIS ID: 1220076) 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 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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Providence, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 174,997
Population in Households 160,174
Population in Familes 115,752
Population in Group Qrtrs 14,823
Population Density1 9,511
Diversity Index2 88


Total Households 61,390
Average Household Size 2.61
Family Households 34,461
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 72,009 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,034 (27.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 41,356 (57.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 10,619 (14.7%)
Median Home Value $196,912
Average Home Value $260,548


Median Household Income $37,172
Average Household Income $59,688
Per Capita Income $22,016
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.28% 0.05%
Households -0.34% 0.04%
Families -0.37% 0.02%
Median Household Income   -1.13%
Per Capita Income   1.27%
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.

Providence, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares 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 # 1 100th
Population Density1 # 2 97th
Diversity Index2 # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 33 6th
Per Capita Income # 29 18th

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