Nicknamed the Creative Capital and the Renaissance City, Providence is the state capital for Rhode Island and is America’s 24th-most highly populated state capital city. Founder and religious exile Rogers Williams named the city area in honor of “God’s merciful providence” as a haven for his followers to settle.
Guinness World Records identifies Providence, Rhode Island as where Kevin “KRob” Robinson achieved the longest back flip using a power-assisted bicycle which covered 84 feet (25.6 meters). The Providence-based record was set after Robinson’s second try after crashing on August 13, 2016 during a live TV event called “America’s Navy Presents World of X Games KRob Flips Providence.”
Providence serves as headquarters for two major corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These large businesses are Citizens Financial Group and advanced technologies industrial conglomerate Textron.
Rhode Island shipped U$2.278 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Rhode Island are silver powder, gold scrap, miscellaneous precious metal scrap, ferrous scrap, blood products and antisera, jewelry and gold compounds according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Providence was 4.5% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Providence, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Lippitt House Museum, Prospect Terrace, Providence Performing Arts Cente, Rogers Williams National Memorial and The Stephen Hopkins House
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Providence, United States:
- Paul Konerko, MLB baseball all-star first baseman (born Mar. 5, 1976)
- Jason Marsden, actor, director & producer (born Jan. 3, 1975)
- Holly Metcalf, Olympic rowing gold medalist (born Mar. 25, 1958)
- Damien Chazelle, screenwriter & director (born Jan. 19, 1985)
- Claudia Jordan, model (born Apr. 12, 1973)
- Jon B, platinum-selling singer-songwriter (born Nov. 11, 1974)
- Robert Capron, actor (born Jul. 9, 1998)
- Meredith Vieira, TV show host (born Dec. 30, 1953)
- Kacey Bellamy, Olympic ice hockey silver medalist (born Apr. 22, 1987)
- Marissa Castelli, Olympic figure skating Bronze medalist (born Aug. 20, 1990)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Providence resident: Providentian
Population: 179,207 (Providence city limits)
Density: 9,687 people per square mile (3,733 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,614,750 (Providence metropolitan area)
Density: 987 people per square mile (381 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$78.694 billion as of March 2015 (Providence metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $38,846
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Providence: U.S. dollars
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To commemorate the ascension of King Leopold I to the throne back in 1831 on July 21, Belgians celebrate Ascension Day as a public holiday each July 21.
Within city limits, Providence occupies 18.5 square miles (48 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 179,207 Providentians in 2016.
Also called the Providence Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Providence metropolitan area has a land area of 1,635.8 square miles (4,236.6 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.615 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Providence’s population density is 9,687 residents per square mile (3,733 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Providence metropolitan area with an average 987 inhabitants per square mile (381 per square kilometer).
Providentians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.