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Providence is a city in Providence County.

It is the state capital and the county seat.

The community was named in gratitude for "God's merciful providence."

The latitude of Providence is 41.823N. The longitude is -71.413W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 7 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 176,365.


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Median household income
Local
$26,867
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Providence demographic reports
Providence is at the head of Narragansett Bay.
Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, who had been exiled from Massachusetts.

18th-century shipping center

Public transportation: Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,395. The number of murders and homicides was 18. The violent crime rate was 7.9 per 1,000 people.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the community as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations in 2007.
Providence received national attention for the racketeering conviction of Mayor Vincent ?Buddy? Cianci. Federal prosecutors, calling their investigation ?Operation Plunder Dome,? accused Cianci of running a criminal organization from city hall. Cianci, mayor for parts of four decades, began a 5-year prison term in 2002.
Filming location for:
· 2006 movie, "Little Children"
· 2007 movie, "Underdog"
· 2007 movie, "Evening"
Well-known residents have included:
· George M. Cohan, actor and composer
· Meredith Vieira, TV personality
· Cormac McCarthy, writer
· Jeffrey Osborne, singer and songwriter
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Summerfest Providence - Aug. 18-19, 2007
  • Pride Fest - June 16, 2007
  • Latin American Film Festival - Sept. 22-29, 2007
  • Pow Wow 2007 - Oct. 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Providence web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Rhode Island Philharmonic, Trinity Repertory Company, Providence Black Repertory Company
Nearby parks & recreation: East Bay Bike Path
Providence attractions: Roger Williams Park Zoo
Sports teams: Bruins (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Rhode Island History, Gov. Henry Lippitt House Museum, RI School of Design Museum, Providence Children's Museum, Roger Williams National Memorial
Colleges and universities: Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johnson & Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 175
Record high: The state's highest temperature on record was reported here on Aug. 2, 1975, at 104 degrees
Quotes:
Even by the hard-bitten standards of the rest of the Northeast in those days of oil crisis and post-industrial decline, Providence was notorious, its mills and factories shuttered, its docks and shipyards following suit, its city center lifeless, with once proud mercantile buildings standing dark and empty.
-- The New Yorker, September 2, 2002
Philip Gourevitch

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Neighborhoods in Providence include Blackstone, Charles, College Hill, Downtown, Elmhurst, Elmwood, Federal Hill, Fox Point, Hartford, Hope ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Providence include Blackstone, Charles, College Hill, Downtown, Elmhurst, Elmwood, Federal Hill, Fox Point, Hartford, Hope ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Providence demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Providence County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02903 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Providence residents report German ancestry, and 9% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Providence ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Providence was $15,525, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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24% of Providence residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Providence include Broadway-Armory Historic District, College Hill Historic District, Jewelry Manufacturing Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Providence, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $437.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,072.


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Libraries in Providence include Fox Point Branch, Knight Memorial Library, Library of Rhode Island, Mount Pleasant Branch, Olneyville Branch, Providence Public Library, Rochambeau Branch, Smith Hill Branch, South Providence Branch, Wanskuck Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Providence include Providence Journal

TV stations in Providence include WJAR, WNAC, WPRI, WSBE.

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Providence restaurants taking online reservations include Capital Grille - Providence, Gracie's, Hemenway's, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood - Providence, Trinity Brew House ... View restaurants

Traffic

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

A total of 39 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Providence between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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“ Even by the hard-bitten standards of the rest of the Northeast in those days of oil crisis and post-industrial decline, Providence was notorious, its mills and factories shuttered, its docks and shipyards following suit, its city center lifeless, with once proud mercantile buildings standing dark and empty. ”
~ The New Yorker, September 2, 2002
Philip Gourevitch

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