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 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, Providence isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Providence are a mix of both white- and blue-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 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. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.

Providence has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Providence has quite a high level of public transit users. Providence’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The overall education level of Providence citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.29% 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 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.

In addition, Providence has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (30.01%).

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