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Capital and Largest city of Rhode Island.

Area: 18.2 Square Miles (47.14 Sq. KM)

Population (City): 176,862 (2005 est.)

Overall Density: 9,718 Persons Per Square Mile

Population (MSA): 1,622,520 (2005 est.) Rank: 35/361 Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI, MA MSA

Population (CSA): 7,427,336 (2005 est.) Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-RI-NH CSA




City of Providence

Providence Public Library


Greater City: Providence (GC:PVD)

Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce of Rhode Island

The Jewelry District

Jewish Federation of Rhode Island

Olneyville Housing Corporation

Providence After School Alliance

Providence Plan

Providence Preservation Society

The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

RI Pride

Save The Bay

Southside Community Land Trust

Summit Neighborhood Association

College Hill Neighborhood Association

The Elmwood Foundation

WBNA | West Broadway Neighborhood Association

West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation

YMCA of Greater Providence

Groundwork Providence

Providence Geeks


RIPTA | Statewide bus service

MBTA Commuter Rail


Bonanza/Peter Pan Bus Lines

Greyhound Bus Lines

Vineyard Fast Ferry | Quonset Point-Martha's Vineyard

T.F. Green Airport

Bike RI

RIDoT Rhodeways

Block Island Highspeed Ferry

Bike Downtown


What's going on in Providence?

Trinity Repertory Company

Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)


Perishable Theatre

New Urban Arts


RISD Museum

Providence Black Repertory Company

Gallery Night

RI International Film Festival


Russian Submarine Museum

Providence Children's Museum

Roger Williams Park Zoo

Culinary Archives & Museum at Johnson & Wales University

Roger Williams National Memorial Park

Opera Providence

Newgate Theatre

Feinstein IMAX Theatre

Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

Dunkin Donuts Center

Fleet Skating Center

Providence Place Mall

Pawtucket Arts Festival Pawtucket

Gamm Theatre Pawtucket

Arts Exchange | Pawtucket Armory Pawtucket

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Pawtucket

Blackstone River Valley National Historic Corridor Pawtucket-Woonsocket

Slater Mill Pawtucket

Newport Art Museum Newport

Newport Arts Festival Newport

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County Newport

Newport Mansions Newport


Newspapers & Magazines

Providence Journal

Providence Business News

Providence Phoenix

Providence Monthly | Eastside Monthly

Options | RI's Gay & Lesbian Newsmagazine

Brown Daily Herald Brown University

Edge | Gay Providence News and Entertainment


WLNE-TV Channel 6 ABC

WSBE-TV Channel 8 Rhode Island Public Television

WJAR-TV Channel 10 NBC

WPRI-TV Channel 12 CBS

WLWC-TV Channel 28 UPN

WNAC-TV Channel 64 FOX Providence


WRNI 1290 AM Rhode Island's NPR News Station

WADK 1540 AM Variety

WALE 990 AM Talk

WARV 1590 AM Religous

WJJF 1180 AM Country

WNRI 1380 AM Talk

WOON 1240 AM Easy Listening

WPRO 630 AM News/Talk

WRIB 1220 AM Ethnic

WSKO 790 AM Sports

W243AI 96.5 FM Classical

WBLQ 88.1 FM Variety

WBRU 95.5 FM Alternative Brown University

WCTK 98.1 Country

WHJY 94.1 FM Rock

WPRO 92.3 FM Top-40

WWBB 101.5 FM Oldies

WWKX 106.3 FM & 102.7 Hip Hop

WWLI 105.1 FM Adult Contemporary

WWRX 103.7 FM Alternative


Brown University

Bryant University Smithfield

Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)

Johnson & Wales University

New England Institute of Technology Warwick

Providence College

Rhode Island College (RIC)

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

Roger Williams University

Salve Regina University Newport

University of Rhode Island (URI)


Minor League Baseball | Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox) Pawtucket

NFL | New England Patriots Foxboro, MA

Minor League Hockey | Providence Bruins

College Basketball | Providence College Friars

MLS | New England Revolution Foxboro, MA

Brown University | Brown Bears

College Hockey | RISD Nads

International Tennis Hall of Fame Newport


Providence Biltmore Hotel

The Westin Providence

The Providence Marriot

Courtyard Marriot Providence

Radisson Hotel Providence Harbor

Holiday Inn Downtown

Hotel Providence

State House Inn

What Cheer Bed & Breakfast

The Christopher Dodge House Bed & Breakfast

Annie Brownell House Bed & Breakfast

The Cady House

C.C. Ledbetter Bed & Breakfast

The Old Court Bed & Breakfast

La Dolce Villa

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They're art students, I don't think they've ever won a game. The Nads name means when the crowd is cheering they yell, "Go Nads! Go Nads!" :rofl:

Notice the placement of the pucks in the team logo...

Their mascot is a giant penis. Some teams refuse to play them if the mascot comes out. :silly:

You can buy t-shirts shirt shirt I have one. :)

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Just joined this website after reading it for weeks and weeks. It has to be the most informative and interesting forum site I've come across. I'm a Rhode Island native (Warwick) who's studying urban planning at SUNY Albany, so all this is very interesting and right up my ally. Keep it up this is great.

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Wow.  Nice profile.  Less Afro-American than I expected.


I'm not sure how much of that hispanic group could also be categorized as african-american. There's also a sizeable 'other' category, who knows what race/ethnicity those people are.

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Providence's new July 1, 2004 population estimate is 178,126 according to the census. I don't know how much to trust this though, since they were predicting a 2000 population of 150,000 and it ended up being 173,000 (remember that, and they said RI would be down to 990,000, when really it went up to 1,048,000).

Anyway, here it is: http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/tables...-EST2004-01.xls

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Up 1,700 in a year seems about right, maybe even a little high.


Very interesting and exciting.

Cotuit, why does this seem about right, or high? I don't know much about this population shift stuff. Right or high compared to what? What's considered normal?

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Cotuit, why does this seem about right, or high?  I don't know much about this population shift stuff.  Right or high compared to what? What's considered normal?


Just considering our economy, which has some good indicators, but compared to the south and west is a bit stagnant. And the number of housing units introduced recently.

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i'm curious on your sources for the RI trivia...

A couple of RI websites, I can't remember which ones, I thought I'd left a link to them, but I guess I didn't. Trivia is often open to interpretation.

I really need to update the entire profile, but it's a bit time consuming. It's on my to-do list.

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the link for the arts culture and tourism dept is typo'd (it has http://ttp://...)

also, are you sure on the oldest tavern? i thought that was in boston (the bell in hand or something like that?). unless a tavern and a bar are different...

i'm curious on your sources for the RI trivia...

Okay, because I am a local trivia dork, here goes...

"Gaspee" has two "e's." But that's a minor point.

The White Horse Tavern in Newport is the oldest tavern building in America. The building began as a tavern, and is currently a tavern, but has not always been a tavern. So it can't claim to be "the oldest continuously operating tavern in America." I think that claim to fame belongs to the Union Oyster House in Boston, though I am not sure.

Another fun fact: The Newport Mercury, currently one of Newport's two alternative weeklies, is one of (if not the) oldest newspaper in America. It began in 1758 and the only time it ceased publication was while Newport was occupied by the British during the revolution. The Hartford Courant also claims this distinction.

The Newport County CVB has a whole list of "Newport firsts" here.

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