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Cranston is a city in Providence County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

Probably named for Gov. Samuel Cranston

The latitude of Cranston is 41.779N. The longitude is -71.437W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 62 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 81,679.


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Median household income
Local
$44,108
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Cranston demographic reports
Settled in 1638 by friends of Roger Williams, including William Arnold, father of Benedict Arnold
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 159. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 1.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Hugh Duffy, baseball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Chock Full o' Nuts, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Greek Festival - Sept. 7-9, 2007
  • Gaspee Days Parade - June 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Cranston web sites and events links in the sections below.
Historic sites and museums: Sprague Mansion
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 97

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Cranston demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Providence County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Providence area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02921 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Cranston residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Cranston ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Cranston was $21,978, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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25% of Cranston residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Cranston include Pawtuxet Village Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Cranston, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $534.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,190.


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Libraries in Cranston include Arlington Branch, Auburn Branch, Cranston Public Library, Knightsville Branch, Oak Lawn Branch, William Hall Library ... View libraries

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The average commute time for Cranston workers is 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 18 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Cranston between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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