Best Cities 2010: Providence, RI

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Best Cities 2010: Providence, RI

Home to many National Historic Landmarks, Providence is a great place to live if health is a high priority on your list.

City: Providence

State: Rhode Island

Best Cities Overall Rank: 41

About Providence: Providence boasts more than 20% of the country’s National Historic Landmarks.

Providence is home to two quality children’s hospitals and six eminent pediatricians, ranking it at 75.4 amongst our healthy cities.

County: Providence

Population: 171,557

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Providence Journal

Providence blogs: Kid Info 

Providence‘s Facebook page: Follow Providence on Facebook 

Providence‘s Twitter page: Follow Providence on Twitter


Education rank: 8

High School graduation rate 2008: 82.01%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 8

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 4.66

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.3

Total Expenditures Per Student: $14,760


Health rank: 11

Quality children’s hospitals: 2

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 1.17

Quality Pediatricians: 6

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 3.50

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33


Safety rank: 15

Violent Crimes, 2008: 1162

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 677.33

Sex Offenders: 74

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 43.13


Economy rank: 95

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 21.69      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 13.6    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1490.77

Median Home Sale Price: $136,700                   

5-Year Home Value Index: -5.74%                       

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 33.09%


Recreation Rank:  75

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 1200          

Parkland per 100,000: 699.48