It is often named one of the best places to live on the East Coast.

Welcome to Providence

Rhode Island’s capital city is steeped in rich history and vibrant culture.
Providence is Rhode Island's capital city. This stunning metropolitan area is a bustling, diverse hub for arts, education, history, and economic growth, and it is often named one of the best places to live on the East Coast. This family-friendly city is centered around the Providence River, creating a stunning background for the area's many unique shopping, dining, and entertainment centers. Its vibrant creative scene embraces art and music and adds cultural richness to the area. Providence boasts a classic New England charm with an updated, modern vibe. 
Providence real estate brings a steady stream of buyers into the area. Its mix of properties is vast, from upscale condominiums and high-rise apartments situated in Downtown Providence to stunning Craftsman-style single-family homes in quiet, suburban-esque neighborhoods such as Auburn and Hope. 

What to Love

  • Big city amenities 
  • Vibrant arts scene 
  • Excellent schools
  • New England charm that feels updated and approachable
  • Gorgeous Providence homes as well as modern luxury condos and apartments for sale

Local Lifestyle - Living in Providence

Providence provides an urban buzz you might not find in other small cities along the East Coast. The area is home to prestigious universities, excellent public transportation options, and an impressive shopping scene you’d expect to find in bigger cities like New York City and Boston. Residents take advantage of the area’s outdoor spaces and are often found wandering local parks, exploring the riverside, or visiting the Roger Williams Park Zoo. Providence hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, which often include live music, food trucks, and holiday celebrations. All of this works together to create the friendly and approachable city its residents know and love.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping in Providence

Providence has a myriad of dining, entertainment, and shopping options to explore. Start with Los Andes, an unassuming Bolivian/Peruvian restaurant often cited as one of the best eateries in Providence for its flavorful fare. Circe Restaurant & Bar is another great option, as this chic spot offers comfort food and delicious cocktails near the Providence River. From there, explore the boutique shops in Downtown Providence. Check out Queen of Heart's curated line of women's clothing before visiting Federal Hill, an area known for its incredible antique stores. End your day on a sweet note at Pastiche Fine Desserts, whose pastries and confections are out of this world.

Things to Do in Providence

No matter your hobbies or interests, you'll find plenty of things to do in Providence. Explore Waterplace Park, a riverfront park home to many festivals and live music events. 
The city’s many golf courses and country clubs provide members with a wealth of activities. Tee off at the Triggs Memorial Golf Course, or visit the Wannamoisett County Club’s ultramodern clubhouse for a social gathering. 
Set off from Providence Marina on your private yacht for a stunning experience on the Providence River, which empties into Narragansett Bay. 


Providence Public Schools serve the community of Providence.

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Demographics and Employment Data for Providence, RI

Providence has 70,586 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Providence do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 195,591 people call Providence home. The population density is 9,218.65 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

47.99 / 52.01%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group


0-9 Years


10-17 Years


18-24 Years


25-64 Years


65-74 Years


75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

Total Households


Average Household Size


Average individual Income

Marital Status


Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

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