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 179,883 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Providence is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Providence is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Providence who work in office and administrative support (10.85%), sales jobs (8.56%), and teaching (8.00%).
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.
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.
Not only is Providence a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Providence is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Providence a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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 education level of Providence citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.13% of adults in Providence have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Providence in 2018 was $26,560, 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 $106,240 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 43.32% 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: 28.70%.
The most common language spoken in Providence is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.