poll: #7 Providence: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013


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Providence is Rhode Island’s biggest community with a tremendous diversity of 25 neighborhoods’ populations. Although the city continues to struggle with crime and education and wealth that is centered in a few neighborhood, artists and architects alike storm here due to its encouragement of the fine arts. A “Renaissance City” with new buildings, apartments, restaurants, and 6 colleges and universities, Providence is a dynamic city with many facets and a capital with limitless potential.

Providence by the numbers

Established: 1636
Population: 178,042
Median household income: $38,922
Median housing price: $100,000

2013 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 7
Affordability ranking: 17
Education ranking: 38
Economic Condition ranking: 39
Safety ranking: N/A*
Arts & Culture ranking: 2

Famous residents

Tom Adams, an illustrator most famous for his Agatha Christie paperback cover designs
Chester Holmes Aldrich, architect and director of American Academy in Rome
Mathuren Arthur Andrieu, painter
Jacob M. Appel, author and playwright
Joe Beats, hip-hop producer
Ted Berrigan, poet
Blu Cantrell, singer famous for hit songs "Hit 'Em Upstyle (Oops)" and "Breathe"
William Carpenter, early settler of Providence
Marilyn Chambers, pornographic actress and Vice-Presidential candidate.
George M. Cohan, songwriter and entertainer, best known: "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag"
Jim Connors, legendary Radio personality (d. Feb 24th 1987)
Bill Conti, composer of music for film and television
Scott Corbett, writer of children's books
Michael Corrente, film director and producer.
Christopher Denise, illustrator of children's books, including many in the Redwall series
C. M. Eddy, Jr., author of mysteries and horror fiction
Nelson Eddy, American singer and film actor
Jeanpaul Ferro, poet, short fiction author, novelist
Elisabeth Filarski, footwear designer, Survivor: The Australian Outback contestant
Sage Francis, hip hop artist and slam poet
Ava Gaudet, singer/dancer/actress known for BWays "Rent", Abc's "Ugly Betty" and more.
Robert Leo (Bobby) Hackett, jazz musician (trumpet, cornet & guitar)
Scott Haltzman, author, The Secrets of Happily Married Men: Eight Ways to Win Your Wife's Heart Forever
Scott Hamilton, famous tenor saxophonist
Clay Hart, country musician
Richard Hatch, winner of Survivor: Borneo.
David Hedison, actor of film, television and theater
Ruth Hussey, MGM motion picture actress - nominated for an Oscar for The Philadelphia Story 1940
Claudia Jordan, actress, Miss Rhode Island USA 1997
Jesse Leach, vocalist and musician - original frontman of Killswitch Engage. Also Seemless, local band The Empire Shall Fall and Times of Grace
H. P. Lovecraft, author of fantasy and horror fiction
George Macready, actor of stage, film, and television who was born in Providence in 1899
Cormac McCarthy, author
Shanna Moakler, Miss USA 1995,model,actress and reality television star
Johnson Morton, author
Andy On, Chinese American Hong Kong actor
Jeffrey Osborne, lead vocalist with LTD
Vincent Pagano, actor of film and television, screenwriter
Don Pardo, NBC Announcer since 1944
S. J. Perelman, humorist, author, and screenwriter
Sylvia Poggioli, American radio reporter for National Public Radio.
Josh Schwartz - creator of the teen sensation hit television shows The O.C. and Gossip Girl
A. O. Scott , journalist and New York Times film critic
Benjamin C. Truman, war correspondent and author
Meredith Vieira, former moderator of ABC's The View, co-host of NBC's Today show
Sarah Helen Whitman, poet and the possible inspiration behind the Edgar Allan Poe poems "To Helen" and "Annabel Lee"


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