Providence County, RI

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Population

637,357

0.581% growth

Median Age

37.3


Median Household Income

$56,672

8.22% growth

Poverty Rate

16.7%


Number of Employees

315,665

2.65% growth

Median Property Value

$230,700

5.1% growth

About

In 2017, Providence County, RI had a population of 637k people with a median age of 37.3 and a median household income of $56,672. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Providence County, RI grew from 633,673 to 637,357, a 0.581% increase and its median household income grew from $52,369 to $56,672, a 8.22% increase.

The population of Providence County, RI is 60.8% White Alone, 22.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 7.92% Black or African American Alone. 31.7% of the people in Providence County, RI speak a non-English language, and 91.1% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Providence County, RI are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,960 degrees awarded in 2016), Brown University (2,879 degrees), and Rhode Island College (1,761 degrees).

The median property value in Providence County, RI is $230,700, and the homeownership rate is 54.4%. Most people in Providence County, RI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 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 316k people. The largest industries in Providence County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,292 people), Retail Trade (43,049 people), and Educational Services (34,131 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($71,724), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,495), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,329).

Median household income in Providence County, RI is $56,672. Males in Providence County, RI have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $54,733. The income inequality in Providence County, RI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,672

2017 value

± $2,608

8.22%

1 Year Growth

± 5.62%

Households in Providence County, RI have a median annual income of $56,672, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $52,369 in 2016, which represents a 8.22% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$70,387

Average Male Salary

± $3,644

$54,733

Average Female Salary

± $2,811

In 2017, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.29 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. American Indian

    $78,313 ± $83,809

  2. Asian

    $65,306 ± $15,839

  3. White

    $55,262 ± $2,206

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.2 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.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.452

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 2.19% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 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 13.4%. 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

316k

2017 Value

± 9,767

2.65%

1 Year growth

± 4.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 2.65%, from 308k employees to 316k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Providence County, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (44,297 people), Sales & Related Occupations (31,513 people), and Management Occupations (24,917 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 (44,297 people), Sales & Related Occupations (31,513 people), and Management Occupations (24,917 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 (1.64 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.23 times), and Production Occupations (1.22 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 ($80,849), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,688), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($71,850).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

316k

2017 Value

± 9,767

2.65%

1 Year growth

± 4.17%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 2.65%, from 308k employees to 316k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Providence County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (49,292 people), Retail Trade (43,049 people), and Educational Services (34,131 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 (49,292 people), Retail Trade (43,049 people), and Educational Services (34,131 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Providence County, RI has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.18 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.22 times), and Educational Services (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Providence County, RI, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($71,724), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($70,495), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($57,329).

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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. $13.4B

  2. $6.99B

  3. $4.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($6.99B) and Fuel oils ($4.5B).

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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$48.1B

2015 Value

$56.6B

Projected 2045 Value

17.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $48.1B. This is expected to increase 17.7% 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. $14.9B

  2. $2.86B

  3. $1.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $14.9B, followed by Connecticut with $2.86B and New York and $1.45B.

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 637k people, from which 91.1% 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 388k White Alone residents (60.8%), 145k Hispanic or Latino residents (22.8%), 50.5k Black or African American Alone residents (7.92%), 26.5k Asian Alone residents (4.16%), 18.1k Two or More Races residents (2.85%), 6.8k Some Other Race Alone residents (1.07%), 1.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.203%), and 1.09k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.17%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Providence County, RI are Spanish (113,785 speakers), Portuguese (21,015 speakers), and Haitian (10,271 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.4

In 2017, the median age of all people in Providence County, RI was 37.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Providence County, RI are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Providence County, RI residents was 38.

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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

    23,659 ± 3,734 people

  2. Guatemala

    17,340 ± 3,206 people

  3. Portugal

    10,757 ± 2,533 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 23,659 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 17,340 and Portugal with 10,757.

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Citizenship

91.1%

2017 Citizenship

91.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.1% of Providence County, RI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Providence County, RI was 91.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    388k ± 1.58k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    145k ± 10k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    50.5k ± 3.72k

In 2017, there were 2.67 times more White Alone residents (388k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 145k Hispanic or Latino and 50.5k 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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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    113,785 speakers (18.9%)

  2. Portuguese

    21,015 speakers (3.5%)

  3. Haitian

    10,271 speakers (1.71%)

31.7% of Providence County, RI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Providence County, RI was Spanish. 18.9% of the overall population of Providence County, RI are native Spanish speakers. 3.5% speak Portuguese and 1.71% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    8,442 ± 1,227

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,765 ± 1,392

  3. Korea

    3,542 ± 827

Providence County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Providence County, RI awarded 11,820 degrees. The student population of Providence County, RI is skewed towards women, with 16,883 male students and 23,903 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Providence County, RI are White (6,722 and 63.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,151 and 10.9%), Unknown (888 and 8.43%), and Black or African American (823 and 7.81%).

The largest universities in Providence County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,960 and 25%), Brown University (2,879 and 24.4%), and Rhode Island College (1,761 and 14.9%).

The most popular majors in Providence County, RI are General Business Administration & Management (762 and 6.45%), Culinary Arts & Chef Training (604 and 5.11%), and Foodservice System Management (492 and 4.16%).

The median tuition costs in Providence County, RI are $43,322 for private four year colleges, and $7,118 and $18,779 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 311 degrees awarded

  2. 492 degrees awarded

  3. 381 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Providence County, RI was Accounting with 311 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. 2,960 degrees awarded

  2. 2,879 degrees awarded

  3. 1,761 degrees awarded

$7,118

Median In-State Public

$43,322

Median Private

In 2016, the Providence County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Johnson & Wales University-Providence with 2,960 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,820

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,000

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,820 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Providence County, RI, which is 0.689 times less than the 7,000 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

    6,722 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,151 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    888 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Providence County, RI were to White students. These 6,722 degrees mean that there were 5.84 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,151 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Providence County, RI was $230,700 in 2017, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $219,500 to $230,700, a 5.1% increase. The homeownership rate in Providence County, RI is 54.4%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Providence County, RI have an average commute time of 23.8 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.

Income

Household Income

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$56,672

Median Household Income

± $2,608

237k

Number of Households

± 8,026

In 2017, the median household income of the 237k households in Providence County, RI grew to $56,672 from the previous year's value of $52,369.

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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Housing

Property Value

$230,700

2017 Median

± $3,924

$219,500

2016 Median

± $4,448

In 2017, the median property value in Providence County, RI grew to to $230,700 from the previous year's value of $219,500.

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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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

54.4%

2017 Homeownership

51.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 54.4% of the housing units in Providence County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 51.8%.

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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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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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Providence County, RI have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.52% 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

    76.6%

  2. Carpooled

    10.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.66%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Providence County, RI was Drove Alone (76.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.7%) and those who Worked At Home (4.66%).

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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