North Providence, Rhode Island

By | May 7, 2023

According to allcitycodes, North Providence is a city located in Providence County, Rhode Island. It is bordered by the cities of Providence and Johnston to the south and Cranston to the west. The city has a total area of 8.9 square miles and is situated on Narragansett Bay. The climate in North Providence is typical of New England – summers are hot and humid while winters are cold with occasional snowfall.

The history of North Providence dates back to 1636 when Roger Williams founded the settlement of Providence Plantations, which later became Rhode Island. North Providence was incorporated as a town in 1765 and then as a city in 1902. In recent years, North Providence has become a popular destination for retirees due to its low cost of living and close proximity to major cities like Boston, New York City, Hartford, and Newport.

Politics in North Providence are mainly dominated by the Democratic party since most of its residents lean left politically. The current mayor is Charles A Lombardi who was elected in 2012.

The economy of North Providence is largely driven by small businesses such as retail stores, restaurants, auto dealerships, and service providers such as plumbing companies or landscaping services. There are also several large employers based in the area such as Citizens Bank, Johnson & Wales University, and Amgen Corporation that provide jobs for local residents.

There are several schools located within the city limits including two public high schools (North Providence High School and Mount Pleasant High School), four elementary schools (Stephen Olney Elementary School, Marieville Elementary School, Governor Notte Park Elementary School, and Whelan Elementary School), one middle school (Dr Daniel Oakes Middle School) and one private school (St Pius V Catholic School). All these schools offer quality education for students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

There are many landmarks located throughout North Providence that draw visitors from all over the region including St Anthony’s Church which dates back to 1846; Harmony Grove Cemetery which was established in 1848; Lymansville Mill which was built around 1875; Woonasquatucket River Greenway which includes a number of recreational trails; World War I Memorial Park; Old Slater Mill National Historic Site; Blackstone Valley Visitor Center; Roger Williams Park Zoo; Roger Williams National Memorial; Museum of Natural History & Planetarium at Roger Williams Park; John Brown House Museum; Waterplace Park & Riverwalk along the riverfront downtown area; State House at Smith Hill Historic District among others.

Population: 32,411. Estimated population in July 2020: 33,165 (+2.3% change)
Males: 15,117 (46.6%), Females: 17,294 (53.4%)

Providence County

Median resident age: 41.2 years
Median household income: $39,721
Median house value: $120,800

Races in North Providence:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.8%)
  • Hispanic (3.8%)
  • Black (2.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • Other race (1.6%)
  • Chinese (0.5%)

Ancestries: Italian (43.0%), Irish (17.7%), French (11.2%), English (7.4%), Portuguese (7.1%), French Canadian (5.1%).

Elevation: 183 feet

Land area: 5.7 square miles


North Providence, Rhode Island is located in Providence County and has a population of approximately 32,078 people according to the 2019 US Census. The population is made up of a diverse ethnic mix, with the largest group being White (77.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (13.3%), African American (4.3%), Asian (2.6%) and other races (2.3%). The median age of North Providence residents is 39 years old, with 23% of the population under 18 and 16% over 65 years old. North Providence also has a large immigrant population, with 19% of residents born outside the United States and 15% speaking a language other than English at home. The city’s unemployment rate is 5%, which is slightly lower than the Rhode Island average of 5.9%. The median household income for North Providence is $56,721, which is significantly higher than the Rhode Island state median household income of $63,870. Education levels in North Providence are also relatively high compared to other parts of Rhode Island; 35% have at least an associate degree and 13% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

For population 25 years and over in North Providence

  • High school or higher: 77.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 21.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 21.8 minutes

For population 15 years and over in North Providence town

  • Never married: 26.6%
  • Now married: 51.5%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 9.8%
  • Divorced: 10.6%

9.8% Foreign born (4.1% Europe, 2.3% Asia, 1.8% Latin America, 1.1% Africa).

Population change in the 1990s: +75 (+0.2%).


Hospital/medical center in North Providence:


Other hospitals/medical centers near North Providence:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to North Providence:

  • THEODORE FRANCIS GREEN STATE (about 11 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Abbreviation: PVD)
  • WORCESTER REGIONAL (about 40 miles; WORCESTER, MA; Abbreviation: ORH)
  • LAURENCE G HANSCOM FLD (about 44 miles; BEDFORD, MA; Abbreviation: BED)

Other public-use airports nearest to North Providence:

  • NORTH CENTRAL STATE (about 5 miles; PAWTUCKET, RI; Abbreviation: SFZ)
  • DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE HELISTOP (about 5 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Abbreviation: RI9)
  • HOPEDALE INDUSTRIAL PARK (about 17 miles; HOPEDALE, MA; Abbreviation: 1B6)

Amtrak station near North Providence:

  • 4 miles: PROVIDENCE (100 GASPEE ST.). Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, paid short-term parking, paid long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/Universities in North Providence:

  • ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSE ANESTHESIA (Full-time enrollment: 209; Location: 200 HIGH SERVICE AVE; Private, for-profit; Website:; Offers Master’s degree)
  • ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL SCHOOL OF NURSING (Full-time enrollment: 64; Location: 200 HIGH SERVICE AVE; Private, not-for-profit; Website:
  • COMPUTER ED BUSINESS INSTITUTE (Full-time enrollment: 18; Location: 1270 MINERAL SPRINGS AVE; Private, for-profit; Website:

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to North Providence:

  • PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (about 2 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Full-time enrollment: 4,456)
  • RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE (about 2 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Full-time enrollment: 6,208)
  • JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; Providence, RI; Full-time enrollment: 8,218)
  • RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (about 5 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Full-time enrollment: 2,086)
  • BROWN UNIVERSITY (about 5 miles; PROVIDENCE, RI; Full-time enrollment: 7,460)
  • BRYANT COLLEGE (about 5 miles; SMITHFIELD, RI; Full-time enrollment: 2,926)
  • COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND (about 11 miles; WARWICK, RI; Full-time enrollment: 8,650)


Public high school in North Providence:

  • NORTH PROVIDENCE HIGH (Students: 1,151; Location: 1828 MINERAL SPRING AVENUE; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in North Providence:

  • BIRCHWOOD SCHOOL (Students: 469; Location: 10 BIRCHWOOD DRIVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • DR. EDWARD RICCI SCHOOL (Students: 460; Location: 55 INTERVALE AVENUE; Grades: 05 – 08)
  • GREYSTONE SCHOOL (Students: 281; Location: 100 MORGAN AVENUE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • MARIEVILLE SCHOOL (Students: 247; Location: 1135 MINERAL SPRING AVENUE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • CENTREDALE SCHOOL (Students: 244; Location: 41 ANGELL AVENUE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • JAMES L. MCGUIRE SCHOOL (Students: 216; Location: 55 CENTRAL AVENUE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • STEPHEN OLNEY SCHOOL (Students: 209; Location: 1378 DOUGLAS AVENUE; Grades: KG – 05)
  • JOSEPH A. WHELAN SCHOOL (Students: 196; Location: 1440 MINERAL SPRING AVENUE; Grades: KG – 05)


Library in North Providence:

  • MAYOR SALVATORE MANCINI UNION FREE LIBRARY (Operating income: $850,756; Location: 1810 MINERAL SPRING AVENUE; 129,006 books; 3,457 audio materials; 4,383 video materials; 236 serial subscriptions)

North Providence, Rhode Island