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 189,692 people and 42 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.
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.
A relatively large number of people in Providence telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.44% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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.
Not only is Providence a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Providence a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Providence is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Providence area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Providence citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.30% of adults in Providence have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Providence in 2018 was $31,757, 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 $127,028 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 42.90% 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: 30.66%.
The most common language spoken in Providence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.