Providence, Rhode Island Education and City Information

Information About Providence, Rhode Island

Settled in 1636, Providence is one of the most densely populated cities in the nation. Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the city had just over 179,000 residents. Many of the colonial and historic buildings in Providence have been refurbished to maintain their unique historical facade while serving contemporary uses.

Nicknamed the 'Creative Capital,' Providence is home to several performing arts groups, including the Trinity Repertory company and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Performing arts venues, including the Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence Festival Ballet and Veterans Memorial Auditorium, are located throughout the city.

For those interested in outdoor recreation, Providence offers sailing and boating in Narragansett Bay and along its tributaries. Outdoor enthusiasts also can stroll through Waterplace Park, an urban park located along the Woonasquatucket River in the downtown area.

Education in Providence

Providence is home to Brown University, the 14th best national university based on 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. This Ivy League school enrolled just over 9,000 students as of Fall 2014 and offers bachelor's through doctoral degrees.

Providence College also was ranked by U.S. News, as the No. 2 regional university in the North. This private school confers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees, and had a student population of nearly 4,500 in Fall 2014. The city also hosts Rhode Island College, the Rhode Island School of Design and a campus of Johnson & Wales University.

Providence Economy

Health care is a prominent industry in Providence, with Rhode Island Hospital, Women & Infants Hospital, Miriam Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center among Providence's top employers. Other major employers included Brown and Johnson & Wales universities, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, and Verizon.

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