Providence, RI
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Living in Providence


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 179,335 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Providence is the largest community in Rhode Island. Much of the housing stock in Providence was built prior to World War II, 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 (11.06%), sales jobs (9.66%), and teaching (7.63%).

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 made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Providence is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Not only is Providence a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

The overall education level of Providence citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.25% of adults in Providence have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Providence in 2018 was $25,435, 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 $101,740 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 43.00% 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, Italian, English, German, and French.

Providence also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.14%.

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