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The City of Cranston is the 3rd largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 82,021 as of July 1, 2021. 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 41.7798 and longitude -71.4373 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of Cranston 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 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.

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

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Cranston, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 82,021 (100%)
Population in Households 77,725 (94.8%)
Population in Families 62,513 (76.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 4,296 ( 5.2%)
Population Density 2,894
Diversity Index2 60


Median Household Income $75,051
Average Household Income $88,843
% of Income for Mortgage4 15%
Per Capita Income $34,480
Wealth Index5 96


Total HU (Housing Units) 33,879 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 21,919 (64.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,613 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,347 ( 6.9%)
Median Home Value $274,963
Average Home Value $304,311
Housing Affordability Index3 130


Total Households 31,532
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 20,091
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population 0.17% 0.2%
Households 0.14% 0.16%
Families 0.05% 0.12%
Median Household Income   1.89%
Per Capita Income   2.43%
Owner Occupied HU   0.49%

Cranston, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cranston to the other 36 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 3 94th
Population Density # 9 78th
Median Household Income # 20 47th
Housing Affordability Index # 18 50th
Per Capita Income # 25 33rd
Diversity Index # 6 86th

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