East Providence, RI
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East Providence is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 47,408 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, East Providence is the fifth largest community in Rhode Island.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, East Providence is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Providence is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Providence who work in office and administrative support (16.70%), sales jobs (10.04%), and management occupations (8.32%).

One of the nice things about East Providence is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

The overall education level of East Providence is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 25.90% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in East Providence in 2010 was $28,446, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,784 for a family of four. However, East Providence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Providence is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Providence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Providence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in East Providence include Irish, Italian, English, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of East Providence's cultural character, accounting for 15.50% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in East Providence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.