Providence, RI

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Population

179,509

0.368% growth

Median Age

29.8


Median Household Income

$40,366

8.03% growth

Poverty Rate

26.9%


Number of Employees

81,622

1.62% growth

Median Property Value

$181,100

4.2% growth

About

In 2017, Providence, RI had a population of 180k people with a median age of 29.8 and a median household income of $40,366. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Providence, RI grew from 178,851 to 179,509, a 0.368% increase and its median household income grew from $37,366 to $40,366, a 8.03% increase.

The population of Providence, RI is 42% Hispanic or Latino, 34.3% White Alone, and 13.1% Black or African American Alone. 48.1% of the people in Providence, RI speak a non-English language, and 83.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Providence, RI are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,960 degrees awarded in 2016), Brown University (2,879 degrees), and Providence College (1,417 degrees).

The median property value in Providence, RI is $181,100, and the homeownership rate is 34.7%. Most people in Providence, RI commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 21.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Providence, RI is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Providence, RI employs 81.6k people. The largest industries in Providence, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,697 people), Educational Services (12,072 people), and Manufacturing (9,571 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,028), Public Administration ($61,148), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,178).

Median household income in Providence, RI is $40,366. Males in Providence, RI have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,765. The income inequality in Providence, RI (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,366

2017 value

± $1,241

8.03%

1 Year Growth

± 4.18%

Households in Providence, RI have a median annual income of $40,366, 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 $37,366 in 2016, which represents a 8.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$67,678

Average Male Salary

± $3,488

$52,765

Average Female Salary

± $2,573

In 2017, full-time male employees in Providence, RI made 1.28 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. Asian

    $55,088 ± $13,113

  2. White

    $53,532 ± $2,161

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $49,001 ± $29,532

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Providence, RI workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.463

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.241% 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 32

  3. Census Tract 36.02

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Providence, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $133,438, followed by Census Tract 32 and Census Tract 36.02, with respective values of $79,406 and $79,167.

The following map shows all of the places in Providence, 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

26.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Providence, RI (44.7k out of 166k 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 Males 18 - 24.

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. Hispanic

    24,310 ± 1,203

  2. White

    19,904 ± 1,195

  3. Other

    11,008 ± 844

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

81.6k

2017 Value

± 2,123

1.62%

1 Year growth

± 3.66%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Providence, RI grew at a rate of 1.62%, from 80.3k employees to 81.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Providence, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,841 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,452 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (6,747 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Providence, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Providence, RI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,841 people), Sales & Related Occupations (7,452 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (6,747 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Providence, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Healthcare Support Occupations (1.89 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.6 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.58 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Providence, RI, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($78,056), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,357), and Legal Occupations ($69,545).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

81.6k

2017 Value

± 2,123

1.62%

1 Year growth

± 3.66%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Providence, RI grew at a rate of 1.62%, from 80.3k employees to 81.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Providence, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,697 people), Educational Services (12,072 people), and Manufacturing (9,571 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Providence, RI, though some of these residents may live in Providence, 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, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (13,697 people), Educational Services (12,072 people), and Manufacturing (9,571 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Providence, RI has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.49 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.6 times), and Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.27 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Providence, RI, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($80,028), Public Administration ($61,148), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,178).

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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 with $6.99B and Fuel oils and $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

88.5% of the population of Providence, RI has health coverage, with 37% on employee plans, 32.9% on Medicaid, 5.59% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 0.7% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Providence, RI see 1044 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.385% increase from the previous year (1040 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1581 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 270 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

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1,044 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Rhode Island see an average of 1,044 patients per year. This represents a 0.385% increase from the previous year (1,040 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rhode Island 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%).

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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

11.5%

Uninsured

37%

Employer Coverage

32.9%

Medicaid

5.59%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

0.7%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Providence, RI declined by 18.9% from 14.1% to 11.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Providence, 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, RI is home to a population of 180k people, from which 83.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 29.3% of Providence, RI residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Providence, RI is composed of 75.4k Hispanic or Latino residents (42%), 61.7k White Alone residents (34.3%), 23.5k Black or African American Alone residents (13.1%), 11.1k Asian Alone residents (6.17%), 4.86k Two or More Races residents (2.71%), 1.8k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1%), 905 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.504%), and 289 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.161%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Providence, RI are Spanish or Spanish Creole (60,014 speakers), Portuguese or Portuguese Creole (2,687 speakers), and Mon-Khmer, Cambodian (2,561 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Providence, RI was 29.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Providence, RI are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Providence, RI residents was 29.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

29.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

30.1%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 29.3% of Providence, RI residents 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, RI was 30.1%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Dominican Republic

    24,773 ± 3,819 people

  2. Guatemala

    14,188 ± 2,905 people

  3. Portugal

    13,168 ± 2,800 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Providence, RI was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 24,773 Providence, RI residents, followed by Guatemala with 14,188 and Portugal with 13,168.

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Citizenship

83.6%

2017 Citizenship

82.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 83.6% of Providence, RI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Providence, RI was 82.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. Hispanic or Latino

    75.4k ± 3.26k

  2. White Alone

    61.7k ± 1.5k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    23.5k ± 1.19k

In 2017, there were 1.22 times more Hispanic or Latino residents (75.4k people) in Providence, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.7k White Alone and 23.5k 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, RI as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    60,014 speakers (35.8%)

  2. Portuguese or Portuguese Creole

    2,687 speakers (1.6%)

  3. Mon-Khmer, Cambodian

    2,561 speakers (1.53%)

48.1% of Providence, RI citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Providence, RI was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 35.8% of the overall population of Providence, RI are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 1.6% speak Portuguese or Portuguese Creole and 1.53% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    1,014 ± 221

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    652 ± 254

  3. Korea

    551 ± 165

Providence, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Providence, RI awarded 8,101 degrees. The student population of Providence, RI is skewed towards women, with 11,521 male students and 15,428 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Providence, RI are White (4,339 and 63.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (658 and 9.57%), Unknown (577 and 8.39%), and Black or African American (516 and 7.5%).

The largest universities in Providence, RI by number of degrees awarded are Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,960 and 36.5%), Brown University (2,879 and 35.5%), and Providence College (1,417 and 17.5%).

The most popular majors in Providence, RI are Culinary Arts & Chef Training (604 and 7.46%), General Business Administration & Management (600 and 7.41%), and Foodservice System Management (492 and 6.07%).

The median tuition costs in Providence, RI are $46,080 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 224 degrees awarded

  2. 206 degrees awarded

  3. 492 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Providence, RI was General Business Administration & Management with 224 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Providence, 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. 1,417 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$46,080

Median Private

In 2016, the Providence, 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

3,353

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,748

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 3,353 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Providence, RI, which is 0.706 times less than the 4,748 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,339 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    658 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    577 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Providence, RI were to White students. These 4,339 degrees mean that there were 6.59 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 658 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Providence, RI was $181,100 in 2017, which is 0.832 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $173,800 to $181,100, a 4.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Providence, RI is 34.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Providence, RI have an average commute time of 21.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Providence, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$40,366

Median Household Income

± $1,241

62.1k

Number of Households

± 1,747

In 2017, the median household income of the 62.1k households in Providence, RI grew to $40,366 from the previous year's value of $37,366.

The following chart displays the households in Providence, 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$181,100

2017 Median

± $5,735

$173,800

2016 Median

± $3,330

In 2017, the median property value in Providence, RI grew to to $181,100 from the previous year's value of $173,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Providence, 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, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

34.7%

2017 Homeownership

34%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 34.7% of the housing units in Providence, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 34%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Providence, 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, RI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Providence, RI have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

21.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Providence, RI have a shorter commute time (21.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.26% of the workforce in Providence, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    62.9%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Walked

    10.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Providence, RI was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Walked.

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