Providence, RI
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Providence is a relatively large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 179,219 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Providence is the largest community in Rhode Island. Providence has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Providence is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Providence is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Providence who work in office and administrative support (11.93%), sales jobs (9.02%), and teaching (8.59%).

Also of interest is that Providence has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Providence is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Providence has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Providence enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Providence.

Providence is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Such areas are often places that visitors and locals go for waterfront activities or taking in the scenery.

A lot of people in Providence take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Providence, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, Providence is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.44% of adults in Providence have a college degree.

The per capita income in Providence in 2010 was $22,452, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,808 for a family of four. However, Providence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Providence is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Providence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Providence, accounting for 41.72% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Providence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Providence include Irish, English, French , and German.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Providence's cultural character, accounting for 29.95% of the city’s population.

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