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Welcome to Providence ...

The coastal city of Providence is located in Providence County<1>. It is the County Seat and the capital of Rhode Island.

When the people of Providence refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Providentian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Providence has a population of 179,883 people<3> (see below for details).

Providence was established in 1636.

The community of Providence is 30 feet [9 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Providence: (401)

Websites for Providence ...

Official Website:   www.providenceri.com/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.provchamber.com/

Junior League:   www.jlri.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Providence had an population of 179,883 people. This is an increase of 1.03% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 3.61% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Providence had a population of 178,042 people (which is 28.41% of the total population of Providence County). This makes Providence the county's most populous community.

The population of Providence represents 16.92% of the population of Rhode Island (which has 1,052,567 people), making it the state's most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 178,042 people, the population of Providence increased 2.55% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 173,618 people).

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

Adding Providence to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Providence in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Providence elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Providence on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Providence ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 76 communities that are also named Providence - they are located in Alabama (8), Arizona, Arkansas (2), California (2), Florida (3), Georgia (2), Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (7), Louisiana, Maryland (4), Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi (3), Missouri (2), North Carolina (6), Ohio (4), Ontario, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (4), Tennessee (7), Texas (5), Utah, Virginia (3), Washington and West Virginia.

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

Communities near Providence ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Providence.

  • Fall River [Bristol County]
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    • Fall River [Bristol County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the southeast of Providence
    • Estimated population in 2019: 89,541 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fall River have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fall River
  • Warwick [Kent County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Warwick
    • Warwick [Kent County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the south of Providence
    • Estimated population in 2019: 81,004 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Warwick have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Warwick
  • Taunton [Bristol County]
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    • Taunton [Bristol County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the east of Providence
    • Estimated population in 2019: 57,464 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taunton have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taunton
  • Attleboro [Bristol County]
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    • Attleboro [Bristol County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the northeast of Providence
    • Estimated population in 2019: 45,237 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Attleboro
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Woonsocket [Providence County]
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      • Woonsocket [Providence County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 41,751 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Woonsocket
    • Cumberland [Providence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cumberland
      • Cumberland [Providence County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the north of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 35,263 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cumberland have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cumberland
    • Coventry [Kent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coventry
      • Coventry [Kent County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 34,819 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coventry have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coventry
    • Franklin [Norfolk County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Franklin
      • Franklin [Norfolk County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the north of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 34,087 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Franklin
    • North Attleboro [Bristol County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Attleboro
      • North Attleboro [Bristol County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the north of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 29,364 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Attleboro have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Attleboro
    • West Warwick [Kent County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Warwick
      • West Warwick [Kent County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the southwest of Providence
      • Estimated population in 2019: 28,962 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Warwick have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Warwick

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

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

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Providence. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Providence.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Providence. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Providence.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Providence. Our list includes 363 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Providence.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Providence ...

Looking for more information about Providence? 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 Providence, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Providence.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Rhode Island

About Providence County

About Rhode Island

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Providence: www.providenceri.com/

The official website for State of Rhode Island: https://www.ri.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of the state's counties, including Providence, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Providence refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Providence may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Providence.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Providence - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Providence) 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 Providence. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Providence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Providence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.8241, Longitude: -71.4134    
<6>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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