East Providence, RI

East Providence profile

Living in East Providence

East Providence is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 47,618 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, East Providence is the fifth largest community in Rhode Island.

Unlike some cities, East Providence isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East Providence are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East Providence is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in East Providence who work in office and administrative support (15.81%), sales jobs (9.74%), and management occupations (8.42%).

Also of interest is that East Providence has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

East 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.

The percentage of people in East Providence who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 28.55% of adults in East Providence have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in East Providence in 2018 was $33,091, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $132,364 for a family of four. However, East Providence contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

East Providence is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call East Providence home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East Providence residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in East Providence include Portuguese, Irish, Italian, English, and French.

Foreign born people are also an important part of East Providence's cultural character, accounting for 15.13% of the city’s population.

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