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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 48,056 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 48,056
Daytime Population: Workers 22,529
Daytime Population: Residents 24,353
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 46,882
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 47,275
Population in Familes 36,403
Population in Group Qrtrs 781
Population Density2 3,629
Diversity Index3 42


Median Household Income $51,295
Average Household Income $67,491
Per Capita Income $29,262


Total Housing Units 21,780 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,630 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,003 (41.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,147 ( 5.3%)
Median Home Value $229,887
Average Home Value $243,386


Total Households 20,633
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 12,350
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 0.3% 0.27%
Households 0.29% 0.25%
Families 0.18% 0.17%
Median Household Income   2.53%
Per Capita Income   2.86%

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, 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 # 5 88th
Population Density # 6 85th
Diversity Index # 9 76th
Median Household Income # 30 15th
Per Capita Income # 26 26th

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