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Providence County, Rhode Island (RI)

County population in 2014: 631,974 (94% urban, 6% rural); it was 621,602 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 96,950
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 33,418
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 127,531
Renter-occupied apartments: 111,349 (it was 112,405 in 2000)
% of renters here:

47%
State:

39%

Land area: 413 sq. mi.

Water area: 22.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 1529 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Providence County: 92.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (26.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (22.8%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 64%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Providence County, Rhode Island:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (66.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (18.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (7.2%)
  • Asian alone (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (2.6%)
  • Some other race alone (1.3%)
Median resident age:  37.0 years
Rhode Island median age:  39.0 years
Males: 304,942  (48.3%)
Females: 327,032  (51.7%)
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Providence County,RI real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Providence County:

2.0 people
Rhode Island:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $50,565 ($36,950 in 1999)

This county:

$50,565
Rhode Island:

$58,073

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $774 (lower quartile is $554, upper quartile is $953)
This county:

$774
State:

$809


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $212,000 (it was $122,100 in 2000)
Providence:

$212,000
Rhode Island:

$241,000
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $159,000 - $295,500
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,651
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $696

Institutionalized population: 9,688
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Health of residents in Providence County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.4. This is about average.
69.9% of residents exercised in the past month. This is less than average.
48.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
76.0% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
74.5% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 192 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 160 pounds. This is about average.
9.8% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 764 buildings, average cost: $111,200
  • 2001: 782 buildings, average cost: $113,100
  • 2002: 856 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2003: 750 buildings, average cost: $137,400
  • 2004: 817 buildings, average cost: $139,400
  • 2005: 756 buildings, average cost: $150,200
  • 2006: 710 buildings, average cost: $150,400
  • 2007: 469 buildings, average cost: $157,300
  • 2008: 283 buildings, average cost: $155,200
  • 2009: 258 buildings, average cost: $150,100
  • 2010: 272 buildings, average cost: $149,300
  • 2011: 221 buildings, average cost: $173,300
  • 2012: 199 buildings, average cost: $157,600
  • 2013: 278 buildings, average cost: $160,700
  • 2014: 299 buildings, average cost: $157,400

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2016 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $3,811 (1.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $3,793 (1.8%)

Providence County household income distribution in 2009 Providence County home values distribution Providence County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 16.8%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.2% for Black residents, 31.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.3% for American Indian residents, 22.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 33.0% for other race residents, 26.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 16.8%
Providence County:

16.8%
Rhode Island:

13.9%
(10.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 24.2% for Black residents, 31.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.3% for American Indian residents, 22.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 33.0% for other race residents, 26.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 37 years old
(Males: 35 years old, Females: 38 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 31 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 29 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 30 years old)

Area name: Providence-Fall River, RI-MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Providence County is $827 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $965 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1155 a month.

Cities in this county include: Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, North Providence, Cumberland, Johnston, Lincoln, Smithfield.

Providence County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Providence County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.228 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.031 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 13.6 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.0 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.001 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Allegany County, New York , Bristol County, Massachusetts , Carroll County, Illinois , Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania , Warren County, Pennsylvania .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
Rhode Island:

4.8%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 51,819
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 72.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 96,676 (44% naturalized citizens)

Providence County:

15.6%
Whole state:

11.4%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 19,232
  • 1990 to 1994: 17,182
  • 1985 to 1989: 15,517
  • 1980 to 1984: 12,275
  • 1975 to 1979: 9,481
  • 1970 to 1974: 6,643
  • 1970 to 1974: 6,840
  • 1965 to 1969: 9,506
Note: State values scaled to Providence County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 73.4%

Providence County marital status for males Providence County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 111,047
  • One, attached: 6,569
  • Two: 39,540
  • 3 or 4: 45,643
  • 5 to 9: 16,590
  • 10 to 19: 9,130
  • 20 or more: 23,394
  • Mobile homes: 1,259
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 42

Housing units in Providence County with a mortgage: 68,083 (7,222 second mortgage, 8,807 home equity loan, 306 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 31,388

Here:

68.4% with mortgage
State:

70.5% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Providence County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic276,01198
Mainline Protestant27,143111
Evangelical Protestant16,895134
Other13,89648
Orthodox7,32510
Black Protestant7129
None284,685-
Providence County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 129
Providence County:

2.06 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.02 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 94
This county:

1.50 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

1.42 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 132
Providence County:

2.10 / 10,000 pop.
Rhode Island:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 499
This county:

7.96 / 10,000 pop.
State:

9.75 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Providence County:

8.1%
Rhode Island:

7.9%

Adult obesity rate:
Providence County:

24.0%
State:

22.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.9%
State:

16.3%

Agriculture in Providence County:

Average size of farms: 58 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $40,849
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2119.29
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 44.49%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 29.42%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $40,197
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 23.45%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $45,286
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 84.83%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 6.72
Vegetables: 700 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 311 acres

Earthquake activity:

Providence County-area historical earthquake activity is near Rhode Island state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 206.1 miles away from Providence County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 215.0 miles away from the county center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 114.2 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 199.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 54.2 miles away from Providence County center
On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 260.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Rhode Island Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 26, 2015 to January 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4212: April 03, 2015, FEMA Id: 4212, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Rhode Island Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4107: March 22, 2013, FEMA Id: 4107, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Rhode Island Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 26, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3355: October 29, 2012, FEMA Id: 3355, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Rhode Island Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4027: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4027, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Rhode Island Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3334: August 27, 2011, FEMA Id: 3334, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Rhode Island Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 12, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1894: March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1894, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Rhode Island Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 12, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3311: March 30, 2010, FEMA Id: 3311, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Rhode Island Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3255: September 19, 2005, FEMA Id: 3255, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Rhode Island Snow, Incident Period: January 22, 2005 to January 23, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3203: February 17, 2005, FEMA Id: 3203, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Rhode Island Snowstorm, Incident Period: February 17, 2003 to February 18, 2003, Emergency Declared EM-3182: March 27, 2003, FEMA Id: 3182, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Providence County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 5, Snowstorms: 4, Blizzards: 3, Floods: 2, Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Snow: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Water Main Break: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Dominican Republic (17%)
  • Portugal (16%)
  • Guatemala (9%)
  • Other Western Africa (8%)
  • Colombia (6%)
  • Cambodia (3%)
  • Italy (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Providence County (%):

  • Italian (19%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • French (except Basque) (8%)
  • Portuguese (8%)
  • French Canadian (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • United States or American (3%)

Providence County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 213,895 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 32,646 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 6,894 (2%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 237 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 143 (0%)
  • Railroad: 1,599 (1%)
  • Ferryboat: 22 (0%)
  • Taxi: 274 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 52 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 992 (0%)
  • Walked: 12,462 (5%)
  • Other means: 1,991 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 5,117 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Providence County, Rhode Island in 2000:

  • 13,683 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 5,879 people in nursing homes
  • 3,252 people in state prisons
  • 1,210 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 404 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 324 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 277 people in religious group quarters
  • 240 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 217 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 217 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 190 people in other group homes
  • 189 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 179 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 162 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 139 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 76 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 23 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 5 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 5 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Providence County, Rhode Island in 2010:

  • 15,845 people in college/university student housing
  • 5,302 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 3,433 people in state prisons
  • 764 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 581 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 541 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 350 people in federal detention centers
  • 326 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 235 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 155 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 97 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 79 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 40 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 37 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $52,058.

4.16% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,511 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.16%
Rhode Island average:

4.87%


0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($508 average AGI)
Providence County:

0.09%
Rhode Island average:

0.09%

1.20% relocated from other counties in Rhode Island ($11,783 average AGI)
2.88% relocated from other states ($27,220 average AGI)
Providence County:

2.88%
Rhode Island average:

2.86%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Kent County, RI  0.77% ($38,551 average AGI)
from Bristol County, MA  0.36% ($39,571)
from Washington County, RI  0.20% ($41,964)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.15% ($49,585)
from Worcester County, MA  0.15% ($42,791)
from Bristol County, RI  0.14% ($39,748)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.12% ($43,663)


4.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($43,761 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.79%
Rhode Island average:

5.44%


0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($381 average AGI)
Providence County:

0.06%
Rhode Island average:

0.07%

1.27% relocated to other counties in Rhode Island ($12,381 average AGI)
3.45% relocated to other states ($30,999 average AGI)
Providence County:

3.45%
Rhode Island average:

3.46%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Kent County, RI  0.83% ($42,204 average AGI)
to Bristol County, MA  0.40% ($48,971)
to Washington County, RI  0.22% ($54,288)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.16% ($55,168)
to Worcester County, MA  0.15% ($47,313)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.15% ($44,087)
to Middlesex County, MA  0.15% ($49,818)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Providence County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Providence County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 7.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Providence County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 16.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Providence County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Providence County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 100,825 (80,513 aged, 20,312 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 12,180 (8%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.09
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 12,795
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 252
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 43,871

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,313
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 889
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 22

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 46
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 104

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 4,602

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 45.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 29.2
  • Cut/Pierce - 7.5
  • Other - 8.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 72.6. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 33.3
  • Firearm - 19.5
  • Poisoning - 14.7
  • Other - 5.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 598,882
  • In family households: 482,061 (90,167 male householders, 59,524 female householders)
    98,652 spouses, 176,915 children (166,353 natural, 3,940 adopted, 6,622 stepchildren), 11,252 grandchildren, 7,716 brothers or sisters, 7,800 parents, 8,986 other relatives, 16,700 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 116,821 (42,422 male householders (31,930 living alone)), 49,604 female householders (41,173 living alone)), 24,795 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 27,785 (9,688 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 58,370 2-persons, 37,689 3-persons, 30,737 4-persons, 14,063 5-persons, 5,425 6-persons, 3,407 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 73,103 1-person, 15,255 2-persons, 2,331 3-persons, 834 4-persons, 307 5-persons, 128 6-persons, 68 7-or-more-persons.

87,776 married couples with children.
48,327 single-parent households (7,463 men, 40,864 women).

72.6% of residents of Providence County speak English at home.
12.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
11.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
2.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (49% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other language at home (70% speak English very well, 21% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,567,905,000 ($7,116 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $134,444,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,452,252,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $902,348,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $21,483,000
Federal grants: $1,760,261,000
Federal procurement contracts: $127,653,000 ($46,661,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $303,907,000 ($39,410,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $75,012,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $389,668,000
Federal Government insurance: $245,098,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 43,354
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

62 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 31,378
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +16,518
Here:

+26 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -9,585
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State -5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Providence County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 95.72 millions of gallons per day (4% from ground, 96% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 510
  • 2010 to 2013: 2,839
  • 2000 to 2009: 14,067
  • 1990 to 1999: 14,354
  • 1980 to 1989: 24,581
  • 1970 to 1979: 28,313
  • 1960 to 1969: 25,239
  • 1950 to 1959: 31,301
  • 1940 to 1949: 23,368
  • 1939 or earlier: 98,645
Note: State values scaled to Providence population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Providence County, Rhode Island
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Providence County population
  • 1 room: 103
  • 2 rooms: 515
  • 3 rooms: 2,623
  • 4 rooms: 12,177
  • 5 rooms: 31,883
  • 6 rooms: 33,098
  • 7 rooms: 21,425
  • 8 rooms: 13,342
  • 9+ rooms: 12,365
  • 1 room: 4,669
  • 2 rooms: 11,222
  • 3 rooms: 24,083
  • 4 rooms: 30,243
  • 5 rooms: 25,976
  • 6 rooms: 10,838
  • 7 rooms: 2,776
  • 8 rooms: 1,469
  • 9+ rooms: 1,129
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Providence County, Rhode Island
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Providence County population
  • no bedroom: 210
  • 1 bedroom: 4,520
  • 2 bedrooms: 32,206
  • 3 bedrooms: 65,408
  • 4 bedrooms: 19,282
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5,905
  • no bedroom: 5,571
  • 1 bedroom: 35,383
  • 2 bedrooms: 45,380
  • 3 bedrooms: 22,007
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,122
  • 5+ bedrooms: 942
Cars and other vehicles available in Providence County, Rhode Island in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Providence County population
  • no vehicle: 6,068
  • 1 vehicle: 37,849
  • 2 vehicles: 58,788
  • 3 vehicles: 18,579
  • 4 vehicles: 4,881
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,366
  • no vehicle: 27,761
  • 1 vehicle: 55,687
  • 2 vehicles: 24,474
  • 3 vehicles: 3,269
  • 4 vehicles: 661
  • 5+ vehicles: 553

59% of Providence County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 69% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 23% lived in Rhode Island.

Providence County:

58.7%
State average:

59.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 382,182
  • Northeast: 92,357
  • Midwest: 10,646
  • South: 16,141
  • West: 8,170

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $118,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Providence County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (48.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (47.0%)
  • Electricity (2.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.4%)
  • Wood (0.8%)
  • Utility gas (60.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.0%)
  • Electricity (11.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.4%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 8,802
Here:

12.3%
Rhode Island:

12.6%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4,377
Here:

12.5%
Rhode Island:

12.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 23,305
Here:

52.9%
Rhode Island:

43.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 24,189
  • Number of aged recipients: 3,269
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 20,920
  • Number of recipients under 18: 3,499
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 14,733
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 5,957
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 8,782
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 11,907
Providence County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Providence County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 138 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,553$176,3611,930$181,26210,056$189,388715$75,38757$567,456634$149,62913$57,923
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED170$163,759165$164,182848$196,941113$37,8581$200,00061$133,0985$20,600
APPLICATIONS DENIED694$158,742432$158,7133,879$201,765436$58,69516$315,438390$136,9649$69,556
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN263$167,281245$175,0042,069$199,89681$93,4698$183,500139$143,1295$92,400
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS132$155,356107$170,131589$204,94929$77,7591$70,00045$124,5115$51,800
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 124 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED292$202,589171$247,4392$138,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED125$216,57694$246,7872$268,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED79$196,92453$245,0192$112,500
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN25$262,56012$238,1670$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS29$161,5525$242,4000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Providence County, RI among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary7,56981.3 years
John5,95174.6 years
Joseph5,56275.0 years
William3,71974.1 years
Anna2,78181.8 years
James2,74973.2 years
George2,48574.7 years
Margaret2,38880.5 years
Robert2,18168.1 years
Edward2,16673.8 years
Most common last names in Providence County, RI among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith1,06276.8 years
Brown69475.6 years
Johnson68176.5 years
Martin51373.7 years
Sullivan44477.5 years
Silva42475.1 years
Anderson39277.5 years
Murphy39176.0 years
Perry37074.4 years
Taylor35076.3 years
Businesses in Providence County, RI
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven13J. Jill2
ALDI3J.Crew1
ALDO2JCPenney1
AMF Bowling2JoS. A. Bank1
AT&T7Johnny Rockets5
Abercrombie & Fitch1Jones New York7
Abercrombie Kids1Journeys1
Ace Hardware2Justice1
Advance Auto Parts7KFC9
Aeropostale1Kmart1
American Eagle Outfitters2Kohl's1
Ann Taylor4Lane Bryant1
Apple Store1Lane Furniture2
Applebee's3LensCrafters1
Ashley Furniture1Levi Strauss & Co.1
AutoZone8Little Caesars Pizza3
Bakers1Lowe's3
Bally Total Fitness2Macy's1
Banana Republic2Marriott4
Barnes & Noble1Marshalls3
Baskin-Robbins1MasterBrand Cabinets38
Bath & Body Works3McDonald's18
Bebe1Men's Wearhouse2
Bed Bath & Beyond1Motherhood Maternity2
Ben & Jerry's2New Balance5
Blockbuster3New York & Co2
Brooks Brothers1Nike6
Brookstone1Nissan2
Budget Car Rental1Nordstrom1
Burger King19OfficeMax1
CVS30Old Navy2
Cache1Pac Sun2
Catherines1Panera Bread2
Charlotte Russe1Papa John's Pizza3
Chevrolet3Payless7
Chico's2Penske7
Chipotle2PetSmart1
Clarks1Pier 1 Imports1
Cold Stone Creamery1Pizza Hut3
Coldwater Creek1Popeyes3
ColorTyme3Pottery Barn1
Comfort Inn1Quality1
Crate & Barrel1Quiznos1
Curves7RadioShack10
DHL3Rite Aid24
Dairy Queen1Ruby Tuesday1
Days Inn1Sam's Club1
Deb1Sears3
Decora Cabinetry14Sephora1
Domino's Pizza5Shaw's5
DressBarn1Soma Intimates1
Dressbarn1Spencer Gifts1
Dunkin Donuts92Sprint Nextel7
Eddie Bauer1Staples3
Express1Starbucks10
Extended Stay America1Stop & Shop12
Famous Footwear2Subaru1
Fashion Bug2Subway40
FedEx85T-Mobile16
Finish Line1T.J.Maxx1
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Taco Bell6
Foot Locker1Talbots2
Ford1Target2
Forever 211The Cheesecake Factory1
GNC13The Room Place1
GameStop7Toyota2
Gap3Toys"R"Us1
Goodwill4True Value6
Gymboree1U-Haul30
H&M1UPS92
H&R Block15Urban Outfitters1
Haagen-Dazs1Verizon Wireless5
Haworth1Victoria's Secret2
Hilton3Volkswagen1
Holiday Inn2Walgreens16
Hollister Co.1Walmart3
Home Depot3Wendy's9
Honda2Westin1
Hot Topic1Wet Seal1
Hyundai1Whole Foods Market3
IHOP1YMCA11

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