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A+ Providence Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Providence Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Rhode Island
11010% more expensive than the US average
Rhode Island
11717% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Providence cost of living
F Providence Crime Total crime is 93% higher than Rhode Island
Total crime
3,82839% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2739% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Providence crime
F Providence Employment Household income is 36% lower than Rhode Island
Median household income
$37,36632% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$22,45225% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%49% higher than the US average
Providence employment
D+ Providence Housing Home value is 27% lower than Rhode Island
Median home value
$173,8006% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9173% lower than the US average
Home ownership
34%47% lower than the US average
Providence real estate or Providence rentals
F Providence Schools HS graduation rate is 13% lower than Rhode Island
High school grad. rates
72%13% lower than the US average
School test scores
15%69% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:113% lower than the US average
Providence K-12 schools or Providence colleges

Living in Providence, RI

Providence, Rhode Island is a medium-sized city with a population of 178,851 people. With a population density of 9,720 people per square mile, Providence is well above the nation's average density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Providence identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 37% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Providence tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 29 is far below the national average.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Providence is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Rhode Island, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Providence and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Providence to Rhode Island and the national average.

With a livability score of 58 out of 100, Providence is ranked #25,648 in the United States and #34 in Rhode Island. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Providence has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Providence. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F) and employment (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Providence, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: WaterFire, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Providence has an unemployment rate of 1.12% probably means that there are ample job opportunities for you to consider as it is far below the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Providence. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Providence are affordable. Median real estate prices in Providence come in at $173,800, which is 27% lower than the Rhode Island average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Providence, the home price to income ratio is 4.7, which is 14.6% higher than the Rhode Island average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Providence area were 11.6% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 9.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Providence, RI Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Providence, RI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Wayland, Providence741.83,028
Manton, Providence722.54,362
Hope, Providence712.23,060
Elmhurst, Providence691.810,503
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Mount Hope, Providence681.76,083
Reservoir, Providence662.12,944
Mount Pleasant, Providence6629,950
Blackstone, Providence662.16,336

Best Cities Near Providence, RI

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Brookline, MA8037.459,180
Newton, MA8036.888,317
Westborough, MA7932.44,057
Wellesley, MA7834.128,909
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Hingham, MA7839.35,777
Needham, MA7832.930,167
Dedham, MA7831.825,272
Franklin Town, MA7818.132,873

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Providence, RI - A Great Place to Raise a Family

I lived in the city of Providence, RI for four years. Providence has a unique culture that draws some of its best elements from being a seaside port, a historical landmark and Boston's southward neighbor.

Providence is a place where arts and dining truly shine. In recent years, Providence has become known for its environmental art show, WaterFire, where people gather in the streets downtown to see a series of bonfires lit just above the surface of the canals running through the city, to a backdrop of classical music. The atmosphere is incredible. It is a beautiful way to experience the city on a summer evening, especially for those lucky enough to reserve an outdoor table at one of Providence's fine dining restaurants.

Overall, Providence is a small city that has mastered the blend between being a hip college town, a comfortable place to raise a family and a sophisticated travel destination. Really, it should be in a category all its own.
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Source: The Providence, RI data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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