Providence County, RI

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Population

636,084

0.2% decline

Median Age

37.4


Median Household Income

$56,461

0.372% decline

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

312,002

1.16% decline

Median Property Value

$242,900

5.29% growth

About

In 2018, Providence County, RI had a population of 636k people with a median age of 37.4 and a median household income of $56,461. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Providence County, RI declined from 637,357 to 636,084, a -0.2% decrease and its median household income declined from $56,672 to $56,461, a -0.372% decrease.

The population of Providence County, RI is 60.1% White Alone, 23.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 8.61% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Providence County, RI speak a non-English language, and 92.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Providence County, RI are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (3,001 degrees awarded in 2017), Brown University (2,828 degrees), and Rhode Island College (1,857 degrees).

The median property value in Providence County, RI is $242,900, and the homeownership rate is 54.6%. Most people in Providence County, RI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.9 minutes. The average car ownership in Providence County, RI is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Providence County, RI employs 312k people. The largest industries in Providence County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,540 people), Retail Trade (40,194 people), and Manufacturing (37,131 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,732), Utilities ($70,161), and Public Administration ($62,964).

Median household income in Providence County, RI is $56,461. Males in Providence County, RI have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,056. The income inequality in Providence County, RI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.446, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,461

2018 value

± $1,948

-0.372%

1 Year Growth

± 5.77%

Households in Providence County, RI have a median annual income of $56,461, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,672 in 2017, which represents a -0.372% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,382

Average Male Salary

± $3,392

$53,056

Average Female Salary

± $2,373

In 2018, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.33 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rhode Island by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $55,812 ± $2,155

  2. Asian

    $48,312 ± $8,289

  3. American Indian

    $47,087 ± $18,573

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was White. These workers were paid 1.16 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Providence County, RI is from Rhode Island.

0.446

2018 Wage GINI

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.446 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 3.43% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 34

  2. Census Tract 145.01

  3. Census Tract 114.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Providence County, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $162,361, followed by Census Tract 145.01 and Census Tract 114.02, with respective values of $116,920 and $114,704.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Providence County, RI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

16.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Providence County, RI (101k out of 608k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    60,288 ± 1,907

  2. Hispanic

    41,040 ± 1,454

  3. Other

    16,126 ± 980

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Providence County, RI is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

312k

2018 Value

± 10,385

-1.16%

1 Year decline

± 4.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Providence County, RI declined at a rate of -1.16%, from 316k employees to 312k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Providence County, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,251 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,816 people), and Management Occupations (24,447 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (35,251 people), Sales & Related Occupations (33,816 people), and Management Occupations (24,447 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Providence County, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.67 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.47 times), and Production Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($80,022), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($75,743), and Legal Occupations ($68,991).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

312k

2018 Value

± 10,385

-1.16%

1 Year decline

± 4.6%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Providence County, RI declined at a rate of -1.16%, from 316k employees to 312k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Providence County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,540 people), Retail Trade (40,194 people), and Manufacturing (37,131 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Providence County, RI, though some of these residents may live in Providence County, RI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Providence County, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,540 people), Retail Trade (40,194 people), and Manufacturing (37,131 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Providence County, RI has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.22 times higher than expected), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation (1.21 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Providence County, RI, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($75,732), Utilities ($70,161), and Public Administration ($62,964).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $12.7B

  2. $7.48B

  3. $4.41B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $12.7B, followed by Mixed freight ($7.48B) and Fuel oils ($4.41B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Rhode Island products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$50.1B

2020 Value

$56.6B

Projected 2045 Value

12.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $50.1B. This is expected to increase 12.8% to $56.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Rhode Island trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $15.2B

  2. $3.21B

  3. $1.61B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $15.2B, followed by Connecticut with $3.21B and New York and $1.61B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Rhode Island shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.3% of the population of Providence County, RI has health coverage, with 46.2% on employee plans, 24.7% on Medicaid, 10.4% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.793% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Providence County, RI was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see 1049 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.285% decrease from the previous year (1052 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1663 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 231 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,049 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see an average of 1,049 patients per year. This represents a 0.285% decrease from the previous year (1,052 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Providence County, RI in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,620

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,934

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,901

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.73%

Uninsured

46.2%

Employer Coverage

24.7%

Medicaid

10.4%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

0.793%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Providence County, RI grew by 14.5% from 5.01% to 5.73%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Providence County, RI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 9.7% prevalence

  2. 9.4% prevalence

  3. 8.7% prevalence

Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 9.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Providence County, RI is home to a population of 636k people, from which 92.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 18.7% of Providence County, RI residents were born outside of the country (119k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Providence County, RI is composed of 382k White Alone residents (60.1%), 149k Hispanic or Latino residents (23.4%), 54.8k Black or African American Alone residents (8.61%), 25.9k Asian Alone residents (4.06%), 15.2k Two or More Races residents (2.39%), 7.24k Some Other Race Alone residents (1.14%), 1.38k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.217%), and 197 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.031%).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Providence County, RI was 37.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Providence County, RI are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Providence County, RI residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

18.7%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

119k people

18.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

118k people

As of 2017, 18.7% of Providence County, RI residents (119k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Providence County, RI was 18.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    28,046 ± 4,057 people

  2. Guatemala

    13,864 ± 2,872 people

  3. Portugal

    10,818 ± 2,540 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 28,046 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 13,864 and Portugal with 10,818.

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Citizenship

92.7%

2018 Citizenship

91.1%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 92.7% of Providence County, RI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Providence County, RI was 91.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    382k ± 2.27k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    149k ± 11.1k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    54.8k ± 2.25k

In 2018, there were 2.57 times more White Alone residents (382k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 149k Hispanic or Latino and 54.8k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Providence County, RI as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,753 ± 1,394

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,427 ± 1,435

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,417 ± 756

Providence County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Providence County, RI awarded 12,337 degrees. The student population of Providence County, RI is skewed towards women, with 16,756 male students and 23,714 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Providence County, RI are White (6,790 and 61.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,324 and 12.1%), Black or African American (894 and 8.15%), and Unknown (823 and 7.51%).

The largest universities in Providence County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (3,001 and 24.3%), Brown University (2,828 and 22.9%), and Rhode Island College (1,857 and 15.1%).

The most popular majors in Providence County, RI are General Business Administration & Management (850 and 6.89%), Culinary Arts & Chef Training (582 and 4.72%), and Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (451 and 3.66%).

The median tuition costs in Providence County, RI are $44,785 for private four year colleges, and $7,637 and $20,150 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Providence County, RI was General Business Administration & Management with 373 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Providence County, RI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,001 degrees awarded

  2. 2,828 degrees awarded

  3. 1,857 degrees awarded

$7,637

Median In-State Public

$44,785

Median Private

In 2017, the Providence County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Johnson & Wales University-Providence with 3,001 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,098

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,239

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 5,098 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Providence County, RI, which is 0.704 times less than the 7,239 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Providence County, RI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,790 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,324 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    894 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Providence County, RI were to White students. These 6,790 degrees mean that there were 5.13 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,324 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Providence County, RI was $242,900 in 2018, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $230,700 to $242,900, a 5.29% increase. The homeownership rate in Providence County, RI is 54.6%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Providence County, RI have an average commute time of 23.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Providence County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$242,900

2018 Median

± $4,601

$230,700

2017 Median

± $3,924

In 2018, the median property value in Providence County, RI grew to to $242,900 from the previous year's value of $230,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Providence County, RI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Providence County, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$56,461

Median Household Income

± $1,948

237k

Number of Households

± 8,708

In 2018, the median household income of the 237k households in Providence County, RI declined from $56,461 from the previous year's value of $56,672.

The following chart displays the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Providence County, RI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

54.6%

2018 Homeownership

54.4%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 54.6% of the housing units in Providence County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Providence County, RI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Providence County, RI have a shorter commute time (23.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.56% of the workforce in Providence County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.5%

  2. Carpooled

    10.7%

  3. Walked

    4.09%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Providence County, RI was Drove Alone (78.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.7%) and those who Walked (4.09%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Providence County, RI have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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