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Suburb 2 4.88%
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Neither. 35 85.37%
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Providence is part of the Boston Combinbed statistical area, does that make it a suburb or an exurb of Boston? Or neither?
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Neither. It is an independent city with its own suburbs. People in Providence do not commute to Boston (usually, anyway). There is little reason to need to travel to Boston except for certain cultural attractions or major league sporting events - Providence is a city with all the amenities of an urban area. Providence has its own unique culture and dialect, as well.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY, Northern CA
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There are people that commute from Rhode Island to Boston, but that certainly doesn't make it a suburb. Providence is a very old town with its own distinct history, and it grew up independently from Boston. Only in recent times have their metros essentially sprawled together.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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No it is THE state capital for the state of Rhode Island.
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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It's too far to be considered a suburb!
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Old 08-06-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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No way. There are suburbs between Boston and Providence, but Providence is a city in its own right, one of the oldest in the nation. Providence has its own suburbs, a few of which may overlap with Boston's.
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Old 08-06-2010, 03:59 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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a "satelitte city" maaaaaybe, but not really. As others have said, it's very much it's own city. Although, commuting between the 2 cities has grown a loooooot
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:14 PM
 
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Lots of American CSAs contain multiple cities. But that doesn't make those cities suburbs of one another.
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:25 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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A capital... A suburb?

NEITHER.

Providence stands on its own two feet every which way. Bos and Prov may share the same burbs though.
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Old 08-06-2010, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Thornrose
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Agreed. Just because it's in the same CSA, doesn't make it a suburb. If it was a smaller city then I could see it, but Providence has it's own metro of over 1.5 million. Boston and Providence form one CSA, which have their own suburbs and shared burbs. Similar to DC and Baltimore. Both are in the same CSA, but nobody considers Baltimore a suburb of DC or vice versa. Even though they share the same burbs and people do commute between the two.
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