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Providence County

Rhode Island

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The Cities and communities of Providence County, Rhode Island *


Blackstone, Burrillville

Centerdale, Central Falls, Charles, Chepachet, Clayville, College Hill, Cranston, Cumberland, Cumberland Hill (a village of Cumberland)


East Providence, Elmhurst, Elmwood, Esmond

Federal Hill, Fiskeville, Forestdale, Foster, Fox Point

Georgiaville, Glendale, Glocester, Greenville (a village of Smithfield)

Harmony, Harrisville (a village of Burrilville), Hartford, Hope



Manville, Manton, Mapleville, Mount Hope, Mount Pleasant

North Providence, North Scituate, North Smithfield

Oakland, Olneyville

Pascoag (a village of Burrilville), Pawtucket, Providence

Reservoir, Riverside, Rumford

Scituate, Silver Lake, Slatersville, Smithfield, Smith Hill, South Elmwood

Upper South Providence

Valley, Valley Falls (a village split between Cumberland and Lincoln)

Wanskuck, Washington Park, Wayland, Woonsocket

*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Providence County, Rhode Island


Providence County has no form of county government

Providence County Clerk
250 Benefit St.
Providence, RI 02903-2719
Telephone: (401) 277-6710

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1980 - 570,358
1990 - 596,270
2000 - 621,602
2003 - 639,442
2004 - 641,883

2000 - 1,504 persons per square mile

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Providence County is in northern Rhode Island. In fact, it takes in the entire northern portion of the state. Norfolk County, Massachusetts is to the northeast while Bristol County, RI is to the east as is Bristol County, MA. To the south is Kent County, RI and to the west is Windham County, Connecticut. Worcester County, Massachusetts is to the northwest.. It is about 1 hour by automobile from Boston and 3.5 hours from New York City

Historical maps of the county

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Other Facts & Figures:

Median Household Income: $36,950 (2000)
Per capita Income: $28,301 (2002)

Median Age:
2000 - 28.1.

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The area is usually not as cold as the rest of the New England area due to its location. Nevertheless, it is humid most of the year with cold winters and hot summers. Here is a weather page for the county

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When Roger Williams was expelled from Massachusetts by the Puritans, he named this new area Providence to honor God's merciful providence in helping him to find a new home. The official name of the state of Rhode Island is actually Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Williams wanted this place to be a refuge for those seeking religious freedoms. King Philip's War from 1675 to 1676 burned much of the existing city at that time. Providence grew slowly but had a number of growth spurts during the next century. It avoided major destruction during the Revolutionary War but did have interruptions to trade, education and business during this time. Providence grew to be a major manufacturing center during the early 1800's.

County formed: 1703

History page for City of Providence

National Registry of Historic Places in Providence County

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Total land area: 413 square miles

Total water area: 23 square miles
Total area: 436 Square miles
The county is 5.18% water

Latitude: 41.82 N (for Providence)
Longitude: 71.42 W (for Providence)

The highest point in the county is Jerimoth Hill, which is also the highest point in the state. Sea level is the lowest point.

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US GenWeb Project page for Providence County
Cemeteries of Providence County
Kindred Trails page for Providence County
Ancestry Spy page for Providence County

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Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 455-8000

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Brown University

Rhode Island School of Design

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The most prevalent employment in the area is educational health and social services making up 22.8% of the jobs. Manufacturing is close with 18.5%. Retail trade makes up 12.1%. Tourism is a growing sector of the economy in the area.

Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation
One West Exchange Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2601

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Organizations & Groups

Providence-Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau
One West Exchange St.
Providence, RI 02903
Toll-free: 800-233-1636
Phone: 401-274-1636
Fax: 401-351-2090

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
30 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 521-5000
Fax: (401) 751-2434

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Attractions & Other Information

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-785-3510

Providence Children's Museum
100 South Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-273-KIDS (5437)

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02907 USA
Phone: 401-785-9450
Weekends & evenings: 401-785-9457

Armenian Heritage Park

Heritage Harbor Museum
222 Richmond Street, Suite 206
Providence, RI 02903.

Slater Mill Museum
67 Roosevelt Ave.
Pawtucket, RI
Experience what life was like…

American Diner Museum
P.O.Box 6022
Rhode Island 02940
Phone: 401.723.4342

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