How’d RI Cities Do: New England’s Best Cities 2012
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Cranston and Warwick: Neck and Neck in the Top 15
Cranston, the city that has claimed the #1 spot in GoLocal's Top Community in RI rankings for two years running, also placed highest among Rhode Island's competitors in the New England ranking, coming in at #14 overall. Warwick followed closely at #15. Both cities posted moderate crime rates overall, and claimed a reasonably educated population (29.1% of Cranston's population has a BA or above; Warwick's figure is 30%). Cranston edged out
East Providence: In the Top 20
Making its first New England appearance at #18 overall, East Providence earned its highest marks for safety, garnering the lowest rate of property crime among the 5 RI cities assessed. East Providence also claimed the highest number of arts-related businesses per capita in the state. With lovely parks along Narragansett Bay, East Providence also claimed the most parks and recreation spots per capita in the state, edging out Providence for #1. On the down side, the city of 47,037 people was the #2 least walkable city in Rhode Island and among the worst 5 cities for walkers among all the New England cities GoLocal ranked.
Providence: In the Top 25
Pawtucket: Bottom 5
The news wasn't good for Pawtucket's #26 ranking in the 2012 survey. Hampered with high unemployment even by RI standards and the #2 worst rate of violent and property crime per capita in the state behind Providence, the scrappy urban city of 71,148 also claimed the state's lowest education level among the 5 cities and a GreatSchool's rating, with Providence, of 3--among the lowest rankings in the region.
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- Rankings List: New England’s Best Cities 2012
- Methodology: New England’s Best Cities 2012
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