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Providence, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Providence is the largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 181,537 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 181,537
Daytime Population: Workers 122,091
Daytime Population: Residents 100,872
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 222,963
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.23
Population in Households 166,794
Population in Familes 120,159
Population in Group Qrtrs 14,743
Population Density2 9,866
Diversity Index3 88


Median Household Income $37,822
Average Household Income $62,098
Per Capita Income $22,828


Total Housing Units 72,876 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 20,658 (28.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 43,060 (59.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 9,158 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $198,725
Average Home Value $264,061


Total Households 63,718
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 35,523
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 0.27% 0.25%
Households 0.22% 0.22%
Families 0.1% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.13%
Per Capita Income   3.0%

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, 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 # 1 100th
Population Density # 2 97th
Diversity Index # 1 100th
Median Household Income # 33 6th
Per Capita Income # 30 15th

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