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Central Falls, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Central Falls is the 8th largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 19,354 as of July 1, 2017. Central Falls 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 Central Falls is located at latitude 41.8901 and longitude -71.3935 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of Central Falls (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Providence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 85 feet.

The City of Central Falls (GNIS ID: 1220067) 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 Central Falls population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Central Falls: Chocolate Mill, Saintrelle.

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Central Falls, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 19,354
Daytime Population: Workers 3,088
Daytime Population: Residents 11,355
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 14,443
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.75
Population in Households 18,856
Population in Familes 15,015
Population in Group Qrtrs 498
Population Density2 16,154
Diversity Index3 86


Median Household Income $28,357
Average Household Income $41,306
Per Capita Income $14,119


Total Housing Units 7,536 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,318 (17.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,154 (68.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,064 (14.1%)
Median Home Value $187,957
Average Home Value $197,724


Total Households 6,472
Average Household Size 2.91
Family Households 4,288
Average Family Size 4
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.02% 0.02%
Households -0.11% -0.03%
Families -0.22% -0.1%
Median Household Income   1.29%
Per Capita Income   2.85%

Central Falls, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central Falls to the other 34 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 8 79th
Population Density # 1 100th
Diversity Index # 2 97th
Median Household Income # 34 3rd
Per Capita Income # 34 3rd

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