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The location of Cranston

Welcome to Cranston ...

The city of Cranston is located in Providence County.

The location of Cranston has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

From the  Census Estimates for 2017, Cranston has a population of 81,202 people<2> (see below for details).

Cranston is 110 feet [34 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Cranston lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Cranston: (401)

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Cranston had a population of 80,387 people (or 12.83% of the total population of Providence County). This makes Cranston the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Cranston represents 7.64% of the total population of Rhode Island (which has 1,052,567 people), making it the state's 3rd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 80,387 people, the population of Cranston increased 1.41% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 79,269 people).

Taken from the 2017 Census Estimates, Cranston had an population of 81,202 people. This is an increase of 1.01% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 2.44% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Cranston.

Communities near Cranston ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are going to drive.<4>.

Community   2017
Attleboro (MA)   [Map]   44,590   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
Fall River (MA)   [Map]   89,420   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
North Attleboro (MA)   [Map]   29,153   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
Bristol   [Map]   22,290   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
Coventry   [Map]   34,933   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
Cumberland   [Map]   34,927   N   14 miles [22.5 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Cranston.

Communities Also Named Cranston ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Cranston - they are located in Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ontario and Pennsylvania.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Cranston.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Cranston. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Cranston. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Cranston. Our list includes 12 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Cranston:

Websites for Cranston ...

Official Website:
Junior League:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Cranston ...

Looking for more information about Cranston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

Looking for more information about Cranston? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Cranston, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Cranston.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Rhode Island

About Providence County

About Rhode Island

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Cranston:

The official website for State of Rhode Island:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Cranston.

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<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Cranston - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Cranston) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Cranston. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Cranston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Cranston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7660, Longitude: -71.4824     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Cranston have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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