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Income/capita 25%
Household income 32%
Unemployment 49%
IndexProvidenceRhode IslandNational
Income per capita$22,452$31,904$29,829
Median household income$37,366$58,387$55,322
Median income owner occupied$70,641$82,124$70,586
Median income renter occupied$25,603$31,519$35,192
Median earnings male$26,468$39,186$36,919
Median earnings female$18,417$28,429$26,250
Unemployment rate6.9%5.0%4.7%
Poverty level28.2%13.8%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Providence is 25% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Providence is 32% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Providence is 49% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Providence is 87% higher than the national average

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      am i middle class

      $Input your household income
      $24,908$37,366$74,732
      City
      $38,920$58,387$116,774
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Providence median earnings by income bracket

      Providence employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.8%0.4%
      Manufacturing sector14.3%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services2.9%4.0%
      Wholesale & retail services14.0%11.9%
      Public administration2.1%2.2%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.7%1.6%
      Education, health & social services21.1%43.8%
      Other32.0%24.2%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Norton Center, MA2,732$111,131101%
      Harmony, RI909$100,36881%
      Chepachet, RI1,863$85,92455%
      Mansfield Center, MA7,763$84,26352%
      Cumberland Hill, RI8,014$80,62546%
      Providence, RI178,851$37,36632%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Santa Clarita, CA180,303$85,04254%
      Newport News, VA181,606$50,0899%
      Port St. Lucie, FL175,652$50,8298%
      Brownsville, TX182,110$34,25538%
      Chattanooga, TN175,462$41,27825%
      Providence, RI178,851$37,36632%
      Source: The Providence, RI employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).