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 179,207 people and 39 constituent neighborhoods, Providence is the largest community in Rhode Island. Providence has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Providence is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Providence is a city of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Providence who work in office and administrative support (12.29%), sales jobs (9.71%), and teaching (8.19%).

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.

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.

Many people in Providence take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Providence citizens for affordable 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: 29.29% of adults in Providence have a college degree.

The per capita income in Providence in 2010 was $22,270, 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 $89,080 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 40.23% 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.

Providence also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 30.01%.

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