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Encyclopedia > Providence County, Rhode Island
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Providence County is a county located in the state of Rhode Island. As of 2000, the population is 621,602.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,129 km˛ (436 mi˛). 1,070 km˛ (413 mi˛) of it is land and 58 km˛ (23 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 5.18% water.

Adjacent Counties

  • Norfolk County, Massachusetts - northeast
  • Bristol County, Rhode Island - east
  • Bristol County, Massachusetts - east
  • Kent County, Rhode Island - south
  • Windham County, Connecticut - west
  • Worcester County, Massachusetts - northwest


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 621,602 people, 239,936 households, and 152,839 families residing in the county. The population density is 581/km˛ (1,504/mi˛). There are 253,214 housing units at an average density of 237/km˛ (613/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 78.38% White, 6.55% Black or African American, 0.51% Native American, 2.90% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 8.02% from other races, and 3.58% from two or more races. 13.39% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 239,936 households out of which 30.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.50% are married couples living together, 14.90% have a female householder with no husband present, and 36.30% are non-families. 29.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.48 and the average family size is 3.11.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $36,950, and the median income for a family is $46,694. Males have a median income of $35,336 versus $26,322 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,255. 15.50% of the population and 11.90% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.30% of those under the age of 18 and 12.70% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Cities, towns, and villages*

  • Burrillville
  • -- Harrisville (a village of Burrilville)
  • -- Pascoag (a village of Burrilville)
  • Central Falls
  • Cranston
  • Cumberland
  • -- Cumberland Hill (a village of Cumberland)
  • -- Valley Falls (a village split between Cumberland and Lincoln)
  • East Providence
  • Foster
  • Glocester
  • Johnston
  • Lincoln
  • North Providence
  • North Smithfield
  • Pawtucket
  • Providence
  • Scituate
  • Smithfield
  • -- Greenville (a village of Smithfield)
  • Woonsocket

* Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

External Link

  • National Register of Historic Places listing for Providence Co., Rhode Island (http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/RI/Providence/districts.html)
Regions of Rhode Island
Greater Boston
Bristol | Kent | Newport | Providence | Washington

  Results from FactBites:
Providence County, Rhode Island - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (518 words)
Providence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Rhode Island.
The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Providence County, in the city of Cranston [1].
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 11.10% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 20.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older.
History of Providence County, Rhode Island - IX (8794 words)
In accordance with the requirements of the Rhode Island charter, a ferryboat was established in 1838 between the India Point station and the terminus of the New York, Providence and Boston railroad, at Hill's wharf, on the other side of the harbor; this was maintained until the removal of the roads to the Union depot.
These were secured, the Providence loan by the first mortgage on the portion of the line in Rhode Island and a second mortgage on the portion in Connecticut, and the Hartford loan by the reverse.
The Providence and Bristol Railroad Company was incorporated by the general assembly of Rhode Island at the October session, 1850, with a capital of $300,000, and in Massachusetts in 1851, with a capital of $2,500,000, which two years later was reduced to $750,000.
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