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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 82,424 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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

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


Total Population 82,424
Daytime Population: Workers 40,267
Daytime Population: Residents 39,402
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 79,669
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 78,002
Population in Familes 62,479
Population in Group Qrtrs 4,422
Population Density2 2,908
Diversity Index3 54


Median Household Income $60,637
Average Household Income $80,922
Per Capita Income $31,464


Total Housing Units 33,606 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,653 (61.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,051 (32.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,902 ( 5.7%)
Median Home Value $241,170
Average Home Value $272,653


Total Households 31,704
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 20,312
Average Family Size 3
  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 0.35% 0.29%
Households 0.3% 0.26%
Families 0.25% 0.23%
Median Household Income   3.64%
Per Capita Income   2.72%

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, 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 # 2 97th
Population Density # 9 76th
Diversity Index # 6 85th
Median Household Income # 25 29th
Per Capita Income # 25 29th

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