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poll: Pawtucket #37: RI’s Best Communities 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013


What’s The Best Thing About Pawtucket?

Known for its historic site where Samuel Slater constructed and operated machines for spinning cotton yarn at Slater Mill in 1793, Pawtucket is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. This city faces challenges of struggling schools, depressed economic conditions, and high crime levels per capita but certainly, has its bright sports like a popular winter Farmer's Market at Hope Artiste Mill and vibrant arts at the downtown's Armory.

Pawtucket by the numbers

Established: 1671
Population: 71,148
Median household income: $39,628
Median housing price: $129,950

2013 Best Communities rankings

Overall ranking: 37
Affordability ranking: 21
Education ranking: 37
Economic condition ranking: 34
Safety ranking: 38
Arts & Culture ranking: 23 (T)

Famous residents:

Adam J. Barlow, basketball player
Willard L. Beaulac, diplomat
Don Bousquet, cartoonist
Jon B., singer and songwriter
Ernie Calverley, basketball player
Wendy Carlos, composer and electronic musician
Aram Chobanian, cardiologist
Ruth Clifford, silent film star
Mike Cole, actor
Jim Connors, radio personality
Thomas Gardiner Corcoran, presidential advisor
Michael Corrente, independent film director
Alice Drummond, actress
Jack Duffy, actor
Joseph L. Fisher, congressman
Joel Garreau, journalist, editor and author
David Hartman, television personality
Raymond Hood, architect
Galway Kinnell, poet
Armand Lamontagne, sculptor
John LaRose, baseball player
Irving R. Levine, journalist and foreign correspondent
Kevin Lima, film director
Peter Manfredo, boxer
Rosario Mazzeo, clarinetist
Louis Monast, congressman
Abraham Nathanson, developer of the game Bananagrams
Morris Nathanson, architect
Chet Nichols, Jr., baseball player
Sam Patch, daredevil
Gerry Philbin, football player
Red Pollard, Jockey
David Rawlings, musician
Charles Reilly, novelist
Al Rockoff, photojournalist
Ken Ryan, baseball player
Walter Schroder, author and lecturer
Samuel Slater, industrialist
Hank Soar, football player, baseball umpire
Samuel Starkweather, politician
Minton Warren, scholar
Craig Watjen, assistant treasurer at Microsoft
Tim White, professional wrestling referee
Gary Whitehead, poet and painter
Jeff Xavier, basketball player
Les Pawson, 3-time Boston Marathon winner 


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