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Cranston, Rhode Island

  •   State: 
    Rhode Island
    Providence County
      County FIPS: 
    41°46′N 71°27′W
      Area total: 
    30.02 sq mi (77.75 km²)
      Area land: 
    28.34 sq mi (73.41 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.67 sq mi (4.33 km²)
    66 ft (20 m)
    1910; Incorporated (town) 1754; Incorporated (city) 1910
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,925.88 residents per square mile of area (1,129.68/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island. The official population of the city in the 2020 United States Census was 82,934, making it the second largest in the state. Cranston was named one of the "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States by Money magazine in 2006. The town lost much of its territory to neighboring towns and the city of Providence over the nineteenth century, and Cranston became a city on March 10, 1910. Many Italian-Americans in Cranston are descended from immigrants of Itri, Italy who settled mainly in the Knightsville section of Cranston during the early 1900s. In 2000, Cranston and Itri became sister cities. The city is known for the St. Mary's Feast, inspired by the Feast of the Madonna della Civita celebrated in Itri. The most common background in Cranston is Dominican American and Guatemalan American, reflective of Rhode Island's whole population. There is also a relatively large Cambodian American population centered around Pontiac Ave in the center of Cranstons' city center. In the 2010 US Census, there were 80,387 people living in the city, 81% of the White population. The racial makeup of the town was 78.78% White, 6.34% African American, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 4.6% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races.


Cranston is the primary city name, but also Providence are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Cranston, Rhode Island. The Town of Cranston was created by the General Assembly in 1754 from a portion of Providence north of the Pawtuxet River. The town lost much of its territory to neighboring towns and the city of Providence over the nineteenth century, and Cranston became a city on March 10, 1910. Many Italian-Americans in Cranston are descended from immigrants of Itri, Italy. Cranston is known for the St. Mary's Feast, inspired by the Feast of the Madonna della Civita celebrated in Itri. In 2000, Cranston and Itri became sister cities. Flood of 2010 caused many major sites to be shut down and repaired, such as the Warwick Mall, Contour Dental Laboratories, and the CLCF Building. In the early 1770s, town meetings were held at the taverns of Caleb Arnold and Nehemiah Knight, where residents voted in favor of a resolution opposing the British Parliament's Coercive Acts. During the Revolutionary War, the town heavily supported the Patriot cause. In 1905, the city began celebrating a week-long festival in July called St.Mary's Feast. The festival has been held every July since. It is now one of the most popular festivals in Rhode Island, with more than 10,000 people attending each year. It has been named after Governor Samuel Cranston, the longest-serving Rhode Island governor, or his grandson Thomas Cranston. It was named after the town's first mayor, who was serving as Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives at the time of its creation.


Cranston has a total area of 29.9 square miles (77 km²), of which, 28.6 squaremile (74 km²) of it is land.It is roughly three percent of Rhode Island's total land mass.The following neighborhoods and villages are located in Cranston: Cranston, Cranston East, and Cranston West. Cranston is home to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers's Cranston Army Airfield. The Cranston Air Force Base is located in the city's eastern part. The city's airport is located on the Rhode Island Turnpike, which is one of the busiest in the United States. It is the second-busiest airport in Rhode Island, after Providence, and the third-busy airport in the state. It has a population of 1,856,000 (as of the 2010 Census). The city has a GDP of $1.2 billion (as at the 2010 census). It has an area of 28.9square miles (74km²), or 3.54% of the state's land mass, and 1.4sq miles (3.6 km² of it (4.54%) of its land is water. It also has an population of 2,788, or 3% of Rhode island's landmass. It was the site of the first recorded human settlement in the 17th century, and is the oldest city in the Rhode Island census area.


As of the 2020 US Census, there were 82,934 people living in the city. Italian Americans are still the predominant ethnicity throughout Cranston, numbered at 38% of the population. The most common Hispanic background in Cranston is Dominican American and Guatemalan American, reflective of Rhode Island's Latino population as a whole. There is also a relatively large Cambodian American population centered around Park and Pontiac Ave in the center of Cranston. The median income for a household in theCity was $44,108, and the median income. for a family was $55,241. The per capita income for the city was $21,978. About 5.6 of families and 7.3% of. the population were below the poverty line, including 8.6. of those under the age of 18 and 8.5% of those ages 65 or older. The city has one of the largest Italian American communities in the United States, similar to neighbouring Johnston, Rhode Island and North Providence, Rhode Rhode Island. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.01. The population density was 2,774.6 persons per square mile (1,071.3/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 81.93% White, 5.26% African American, 0.32% Native American,5.17% Asian,0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.6% from other races, and 2.66% from two or more races.


Companies with corporate headquarters in Cranston include jewelry maker Alex and Ani and Coastway Community Bank. The first Del's Lemonade stand was opened in cranston in 1948. The city's economy is based on manufacturing, construction, manufacturing and services. The economy is also based on construction, mining, manufacturing, services, and finance. The town's population is 1.6 million. The unemployment rate is 3.7%. The economy has been growing at a rate of about 1.7 percent since the start of the year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The state's economy has grown by 1.8 percent in the last three years, and the economy is expected to grow by 2.4 percent this year. The local economy is centered on manufacturing and construction, with a population of 1.5 million. It is also home to a number of non-profit organizations, such as the Cranston Chamber of Commerce, which provides services to the community. The community is home to an array of businesses, including a bank, a restaurant, a health care center, a law firm, a bank and an insurance company. It also has a history of being a center for the arts and entertainment, including the opening of the first Del’s Lemonade Stand in 1948 and the creation of a local radio station in 1950. It was the first of its kind in the state, and it still has a presence on the radio airwaves today. The Cranston Symphony Orchestra was founded in the town in the 1950s.

Arts and culture

The first auto race track in the country, Narragansett Park, opened at present-day Stadium Ball Field in 1867 as a trotting track. The Thomas Fenner House, built around 1677, is one of the oldest houses in Rhode Island. Edgewood Yacht Club which is no longer standing was a notable structure on the National Register of Historic Places located on the Providence River. The Budlong Pool, built in the 1940s as a Works Progress Administration project, is a staple of the community. It is located at 198 Aqueduct Road, off Reservoir Avenue (part of RI 2).Sprague Mansion, an 18th-century homestead, is listed on the national register of historic places. It was built in 18th century and is located on Rhode Island's Eastern Seaboard, near the town of Cranston. It has been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1966. The house is listed as being on the National Register of Historic Places, along with several other historic properties in the state. The Sprague Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the State Reconstructions and the Rhode Island Historical Commission and State Historical Reservoirs Commission. It is located off Park Avenue, located off Aqueduct Road, in Cranston, on the eastern edge of the town.


1996 United States Champions (CWLL) 2015 New England Champions (CWLL) Little League is one of the most popular sports in the United States. The Little League World Series is held in New York City. The World Series runs from July 14 to August 14. The tournament is the largest in the world. The U.S. is home to the World Series, which runs from August 14 to September 14. It is also home to a number of other major tournaments, including the World Cup and the Olympic Games. It also is the home of the Little League All-Star Game, which takes place in July and August each year. It's also the site of the World Baseball Classic, which starts on July 14 and runs through August 15. It was the first Little League tournament in history to be held in the U.N. city of New York. The event is held at New York's Citi Field, which is located on the East River. It has a capacity to hold more than 100,000 people. The game is also known as the "World Series" and is held every year in August and September.


The City of Cranston operates under a mayor-council form of government. The current mayor, Kenneth J. Hopkins, was sworn in on January 4, 2021, following his election to a four-year term in November 2020. In presidential elections, Cranston is reliably Democratic as no Republican presidential nominee has won the city in over three decades. The city is divided into all or parts of nine Rhode Island House of Representatives districts, including Districts 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 41, and 42. At the federal level, Cranstone is a part of Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district and is currently represented by Democrat James R. Langevin. The Rhode Island Department of Corrections has its headquarters and its adult prison facilities in Cranston. The state's Department of Children, Youth & Families operates the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), a juvenile correctional facility, in the city. The State Department of Motor Vehicles is headquartered in Cranston. The City Council consists of nine members: six representing each of the City wards, and three city-wide representatives. Council members are elected to a two-yearterm, and are limited to five consecutive two- year terms. As of 2012, mayors may be elected to no more than two consecutive four year terms, and the council has a 5-4 Democratic majority. In Rhode Island Senate, Cranson is split into four senatorial districts, all represented by Democrats: Frank S. Lombardi, Hanna M. Gallo, Joshua Miller, and Kendra Anderson.


The Cranston School Committee consists of seven non-partisan members. Committee members are elected at city general elections to a two-year term. As of 2014, members are limited to five consecutive two- year terms. The current Cranston school Committee chairperson is Daniel R. Wall, who represents Ward 6. The committee's mission is to improve the quality of education in Cranston and the surrounding area.


Four freeways travel through Cranston: I-95, I-295, RI 10 (the Huntington Expressway) and RI 37. Amtrak's Northeast Corridor passes through but has no station in the city. The nearest MBTA stations are in Providence and Warwick at T.F. Green Airport, the former of which is also served by Amtrak. Cranston is served by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses. The Providence/Stoughton Line also passes through, but does not include a station in Cranston. However, a station stop has been proposed for the line. The city is also home to the U.S. Naval Shipyard, which was built in the early 20th century. It is one of the largest shipyards in the United States, with a fleet of more than 1,000 ships. The shipyard is located in the town of Cranston, Rhode Island, which is located on the tip of the island of Block Island. The town is home to Rhode Island State College, a public university, and the University of Rhode Island. It was the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge, which took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It has a population of about 2,000. The Cranston area has a history of being heavily affected by the Civil War, which began in the mid-19th century, and continues to the present day. It also has a long history of economic growth, particularly in the 20th Century.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island = 30.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 53. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Cranston = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 82,934 individuals with a median age of 40.5 age the population grows by 1.18% in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,925.88 residents per square mile of area (1,129.68/km²). There are average 2.43 people per household in the 31,097 households with an average household income of $56,866 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 12.50% of the available work force and has dropped -3.95% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 19.60%. The number of physicians in Cranston per 100,000 population = 277.


The annual rainfall in Cranston = 44.9 inches and the annual snowfall = 35.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 124. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 203. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 20.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 53, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island which are owned by the occupant = 64.94%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 51 years with median home cost = $211,660 and home appreciation of -9.16%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.05 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $7,395 per student. There are 32 students for each teacher in the school, 577 students for each Librarian and 354 students for each Counselor. 7.67% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.54% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 9.02% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Cranston's population in Providence County, Rhode Island of 13,343 residents in 1900 has increased 6,22-fold to 82,934 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.41% female residents and 49.59% male residents live in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island.

    As of 2020 in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island are married and the remaining 43.83% are single population.

  • 22.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Cranston require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.01% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.19% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 2.33% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.80% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island, 64.94% are owner-occupied homes, another 31.27% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.80% are vacant.

  • The 59.20% of the population in Cranston, Providence County, Rhode Island who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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