High, Low and Average: Providence Neighborhoods

Providence Neighborhoods image: courtesy of City of Providence

Providence, as a whole, celebrates diversity – of ethnicity, origin, language, culture. The city consists of 25 defined neighborhoods and thousands of blocks – each one different from the others. The Providence Planning Dept. maintains a wonderful resource for exploring our differences and similarities, its Neighborhood Snapshots web page. They’ve done the hard work of combining basic US Census block data into neighborhood numbers. We’ve pulled out the neighborhoods that rank highest and lowest in a few categories and compared them to our citywide average. Don’t see your neighborhood? – go to Neighborhood Snapshots for yourself.


People per square mile:

18,200 West End

2,100 South Elmwood

9,751 – Citywide average


Median age

44.5 – Blackstone

22.5 – College Hill

31 – Citywide Average


Population of color

97% – Lower South Providence

20% – Blackstone

66% – Citywide Average


Percent of Spanish-speaking population

59.7% – Elmwood

2.2% – Blackstone

35% – Citywide average


Unemployment rate

20.8% – Upper South Providence

3.2% – Wayland

4.4% – Citywide average


Vacant housing units

25.8% – Olneyville

5.6 % – Reservoir

14% – Citywide average


Proximity to Supermarkets and Parks


Jonathan Howard is Co-founder of Cause & Effect, Inc., a consulting company that provides strategic planning facilitation, fund development planning and board strengthening to mission-driven organizations. He is a long- time resident of Providence. His three children all attended Providence Public Schools from kindergarten through high school.