Let's Take a Look at Providence

It's the Capitol for a Reason!

Providence is the capital and most populous city of the state of Rhode Island  and is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony . He named the area in honor of “God’s merciful Providence” which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries. Today, the city of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning which have shifted the city’s economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity.

With an estimated population of 179,883, Providence is the third-most-populous city inNew England after Boston and Worcester, MA. 

Providence has 25 official neighborhoods, though these neighborhoods are often grouped together and referred to collectively:

  • The East Side  is a region comprising the neighborhoods of Blackstone, Hope    (aka Summit),  Mount Hope, College Hill, Wayland and Fox Point.
  • Jewelry District describes the area enclosed by I-95, the old I-195, and the Providence River. The city has made efforts to rename this area the Knowledge District to reflect the area’s newly developing life sciences and technology-based economy.
  • The North End is formed by the concatenation of the neighborhoods  of Charles, Wanskuck, Smith Hill, Elmhurst, and Mount Pleasant.
  • The South Side (or South Providence) consists of the neighborhoods of Elmwood, Lower South Providence, Upper South Providence, Washington park and West End.
  • West Broadway is an officially recognized neighborhood with its own association. It overlaps with the southern half of Federal Hill  and the northern part of the West End.

Let's Talk About the Schools!

Education is Top notch and Diverse

There are several private schools in the city’s East Side,  , including Moses Brown, the Lincoln Schol, the Wheeler School and LaSalle Academy. The public charter schools Time Squared Academy and Textron Chamber of Commerce are funded by GTECH Corporation and Textron respectively.  In addition, the city’s South Side houses Community Preparatory School, a private school serving primarily low-income students in grades 3–8.  There are two separate centers for students with special needs.

Public schools

The Providence Public School District serves about 30,000 students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12. The district has 25 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and thirteen high schools. The Providence Public School District features magnet schools   at the middle and high school level,  Nathaniel Greene and Classicalrespectively. The overall graduation rate as of 2007 is 70.1%, which is close to the statewide rate of 71% and the national average of 70%.

Are you Active?

Things to Do and Do and Do!

If you’re looking for things to do in Providence, RI, look no further:

Roger Williams Park and Zoo and Waterplace Park are just two of the areas with completely different focuses on what entertains.

Museums and historical sites are aplenty.  Restaurants are throughout downtown, on Federal Hill and dotted throughout the city and range in style, price and ethnicity and 100% fabulous!  Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Cafe Nuovo


Al Forno



And as every Italian grandmother says in Providence, “Mangia!”

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