Providence County, RI

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2022 Population
657,984
0.2% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jack Reed
Democratic Party
US Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
37.6
0.267% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
13.6%
0.258% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$72,579
10.3% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$310,500
16.4% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
329,536
0.672% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Providence County, RI had a population of 658k people with a median age of 37.6 and a median household income of $72,579. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Providence County, RI grew from 656,672 to 657,984, a 0.2% increase and its median household income grew from $65,797 to $72,579, a 10.3% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Providence County, RI are White (Non-Hispanic) (58.4%), Other (Hispanic) (9.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.64%), Two+ (Hispanic) (6.73%), and White (Hispanic) (6.72%).

None of the households in Providence County, RI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91% of the residents in Providence County, RI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Providence County, RI are Brown University (3,506 degrees awarded in 2022), Rhode Island College (1,614 degrees), and Johnson & Wales University-Providence (1,577 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Providence County, RI was $310,500, and the homeownership rate was 55.8%.

Most people in Providence County, RI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Providence County, RI was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Providence County, RI is home to a population of 658k people, from which 91% are citizens. As of 2022, 19.9% of Providence County, RI residents were born outside of the country (131k people).

In 2022, there were 6.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (384k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.9k Other (Hispanic) and 50.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91%
2022 Citizenship
91.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 91% of Providence County, RI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Providence County, RI was 91.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Providence County, RI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    384k ± 1.33k
  2. Other (Hispanic)
    61.9k ± 3.27k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    50.3k ± 1.66k
24.5%
Hispanic Population
161k people

In 2022, there were 6.21 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (384k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 61.9k Other (Hispanic) and 50.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

24.5% of the people in Providence County, RI are hispanic (161k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Providence County, RI as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    34,203 ± 4,469 people
  2. Guatemala
    16,562 ± 3,136 people
  3. Portugal
    12,711 ± 2,752 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 34,203 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 16,562 and Portugal with 12,711.

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Foreign-Born Population

19.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
131k people
19.7%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
130k people

As of 2022, 19.9% of Providence County, RI residents (131k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Providence County, RI was 19.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    7,907 ± 668
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,621 ± 682
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,081 ± 399

Providence County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Providence County, RI employs 330k people. The largest industries in Providence County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (54,740 people), Retail Trade (38,247 people), and Manufacturing (36,909 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($87,083), Public Administration ($76,977), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($76,875).

Males in Rhode Island have an average income that is 1.25 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,610. The income inequality in Rhode Island (measured using the Gini index) is 0.447, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

330k
2022 Value
± 5,277
0.672%
1 Year growth
± 2.24%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 0.672%, from 327k employees to 330k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Providence County, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,569 people), Management Occupations (31,678 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (30,085 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

330k
2022 Value
± 5,277
0.672%
1 Year growth
± 2.24%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 0.672%, from 327k employees to 330k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Providence County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (54,740 people), Retail Trade (38,247 people), and Manufacturing (36,909 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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Median Earnings by Industry

$52,548
Median earning men ± $1,048
$40,606
Median earning women ± $836

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($85,473), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,035), and Information ($63,874).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($61,429), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,165), and Wholesale Trade ($52,080).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.31%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 488k people employed in Rhode Island. This represents a 1.31% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 20.6%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Rhode Island.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 7,177
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 3,871
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 3,840
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Providence County, RI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 60.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (37.6%), followed by Other (1.03%).

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing the state of Rhode Island. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Rhode Island

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Jack Reed
Senator from Rhode Island2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator from Rhode Island1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing Rhode Island.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Rhode Island

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Rhode Island have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Providence County, RI awarded 12,200 degrees. The student population of Providence County, RI in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 15,202 male students and 21,215 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Providence County, RI are White (6,231 and 56.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,690 and 15.3%), Black or African American (1,147 and 10.4%), and Asian (895 and 8.1%).

The largest universities in Providence County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Brown University (3,506 and 28.7%), Rhode Island College (1,614 and 13.2%), and Johnson & Wales University-Providence (1,577 and 12.9%).

The most popular majors in Providence County, RI are General Business Administration & Management (623 and 5.11%), Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (607 and 4.98%), and General Finance (471 and 3.86%).

The median tuition costs in Providence County, RI are $48,432 for private four year colleges, and $9,481 and $25,014 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Providence County, RI, the percentage of applicants admitted was 29.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 23.6%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 36,417 (41.7% men and 58.3% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 36,417 students enrolled in Providence County, RI, 41.7% men and 58.3% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 18,100 records, of which 55.9% were women and 44.1% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 415 degrees awarded
  2. 363 degrees awarded
  3. 315 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Providence County, RI was General Finance with 415 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

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,506 degrees awarded
  2. 1,614 degrees awarded
  3. 1,577 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Brown University with 3,506 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,132 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Providence County, RI, which is 0.726 times less than the 7,068 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,231 degrees mean that there were 3.69 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,690 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($48,432) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,485) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,652) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 1.16% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.22% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (248k), Some college (184k), and Bachelors Degree (180k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Providence County, RI was $310,500 in 2022, which is 1.1 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $266,700 to $310,500, a 16.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Providence County, RI is 55.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Providence County, RI have an average commute time of 25.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Providence County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Providence County, RI is $72,579. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Providence County, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $179,886, followed by Census Tract 145.01 and Census Tract 130.01, with respective values of $156,250 and $142,816.

In 2022, 18.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Providence County, RI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.96%.

Property

$310,500
Median Property Value 2022
±$3,672
$141,473
Median Property Taxes
±$2,734

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units 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

55.8%
Homeownership
2022
62.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 55.8% of the housing units in Providence County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 55.7%.

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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 130.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Providence County, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $179,886, followed by Census Tract 145.01 and Census Tract 130.01, with respective values of $156,250 and $142,816.

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

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Household Income

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$72,579
Median Household Income
± $1,884
254k
Number of Households
± 4,378

In 2022, the median household income of the 254k households in Providence County, RI grew to $72,579 from the previous year's value of $65,797.

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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Providence County, RI is from Rhode Island.
0.447
2022 Wage GINI in Rhode Island
0.451
2021 Wage GINI in Rhode Island

In 2022, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.447 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.831% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.6%)
  2. Carpooled (9%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.96%)

In 2022, 74.6% of workers in Providence County, RI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9%) and those who worked at home (8.96%).

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Commute Time

25.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Providence County, RI have a shorter commute time (25.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.38% of the workforce in Providence County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 18.9% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Providence County, RI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 2.96%.

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Poverty & Diversity

13.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Providence County, RI (85.9k out of 630k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 17% of the children was living in poverty in Providence County, RI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.2%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 312 in Providence County, RI. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 29.1 per 100,000 population.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Providence County, RI has health coverage, with 48.2% on employee plans, 22.7% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 0.795% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see 1009 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.18% decrease from the previous year (1021 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1666 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 194 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,009 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Providence County, RI

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see an average of 1,009 patients per year. This represents a 1.18% decrease from the previous year (1,021 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 its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.1% under 18 years, 24.4% between 18 and 34 years, 38.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.1% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.4% were men and 51.6% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.3%
Uninsured
48.2%
Employer Coverage
22.7%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
0.795%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Providence County, RI declined by 2.62% from 5.44% to 5.3%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 45.6 in Providence County, RI.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 32.8% in Providence County, RI.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 5.8% in Providence County, RI.

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