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Providence, Rhode Island

Capital city of Rhode Island, United States / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The county seat of Providence County, it is one of the oldest cities in New England,[7] founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a Reformed Baptist theologian and religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of "God's merciful Providence" which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers. The city developed as a busy port, as it is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

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Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°25′20″W
CountryUnited States
StateRhode Island
RegionNew England
Incorporated (city)November 5, 1832
Founded byRoger Williams
Named forDivine providence
  BodyProvidence City Council
  MayorBrett Smiley (D)
  State capital city20.58 sq mi (53.31 km2)
  Land18.41 sq mi (47.67 km2)
  Water2.18 sq mi (5.64 km2)
Elevation10 ft (3 m)
  State capital city190,934
  RankUS: 134th
  Density10,373.47/sq mi (4,005.25/km2)
1,285,806 (US: 39th)
  Urban density2,362.5/sq mi (912.2/km2)
1,676,579 (US: 38th)
  MSA$105.561 billion (2022)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern Time Zone)
  Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
02901–02912, 02918-02919, 02940
Area code401
FIPS code44-59000

Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries.[8][9] Today, the city of Providence is home to eight hospitals and eight institutions of higher learning which have shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity.

At the 2020 census, Providence had a population of 190,934, making it the third-most-populous city in New England after Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. The Providence metropolitan area is the second largest metropolitan area in New England by a large margin with over 1.6 million residents, nearly 30-percent larger than metro Hartford.[10][11]

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