Largest Cities in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of the least populated states in the U.S and the smallest in terms of land area. Located in the northeastern end of the United States, Rhode Island is subdivided into 39 municipalities and ruled by town administrators. There are various cities with the largest and capital city being Providence. Other cities include Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket and East Providence.


Largest Cities in Rhode Island


  1. Providence

Providence is one of the oldest cities in the U.S., having been founded in 1636. It was named in honor of “God’s merciful providence” by a Baptist theologian known as Roger Williams after he landed there as an exile seeker from Massachusetts Bay Colony. The city is located near the mouth of the Providence River near Narragansett Bay. The population has, over the years, increased steadily to 178,042 making it the most populated city in Rhode Island.


  1. Warwick

Just half the size of Providence, Warwick has a population of 82,670 and is the state’s second-largest city. It boasts 39 miles of coastline and a rich history, including its claim to fame as the starting place of the American Revolution with the first shots fired against the British schooner Gaspee. Warwick has plenty of its own charm and attractions, but Providence is only 10 minutes away.


  1. Cranston 

Cranston, previously known as Pawtuxet, is the third-largest city in Rhode Island with over 80,387 inhabitants according to the 2010 census. It covers a total area of 29.9 square miles with land being 28.6 square miles and water covering 1.4 square miles.


  1. Pawtucket 

As the fourth largest city, Pawtucket covers a total area of 9 square miles with a population of 71,148. Industrialization and farming led to the growth of the city in the 18th century.


  1. East Providence City

East Providence is the fifth largest city occupying an area of 16.61 square miles. The city has 47,037 dwellers. The main villages making up the city are Riverside, Rumford, and East Providence center.

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