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Cranston, RI

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Cranston Rhode Island

  • The city of Cranston is located within the boundaries of Providence County.
  • Barrington was incorporated in 1754.
  • 2010 Census notes 80,387 people live in this city.
  • Cranston is the 3rd largest city in Rhode Island.
  • Cranston was named one of the "100 best places to live" by Money Magazine in 2006.
  • Size: 29.9 Sq Miles (28.6 Sq Miles of land & 1.4 Sq Miles of water)
  • Zip Code: 02823, 02905, 02907, 02910, 02920, 02921
  • Town of Cranston Official Website
  • Coordinates: 41°46′N 71°27′W

Real Estate Facts


% of Value



Biz / Personal Prop

$22.84 100% $34.26 $42.44 $34.26

* last assessed in 2011. Exemptions may include: disability, blind, and 65 + citizens.

Around Town

More Cranston Fun Facts
  • Cranston Neighborhoods: Alpine Estates, Arlington, Bellefonte, Castleton Estates, Auburn, Dean Estates, Eden Park, Edgewood, Fiskeville, Forest Hills, Friendly Community, Garden City Garden Hills, Glen Hills, Hillside Farms, Laurel Hill, Howard, Jackson, Knightsville, Meshanticut, Oakhill Terrace, Oaklawn, Pontiac, Stadium, Thornton, Pawtuxet Village, Webster, Westend, Woodridge & Wester Hills Village.
  • Cranston Schools: Cranston High School East, Cranston High School West, Western Mills Middle School, Hugh B Bain Middle School, Park View Middle School.
Governor Sprague Mansion
  • Built in 1790
  • Located at: 1351 Cranston St Cranston RI
  • Formerly the home of the prominent Sprague Family.
  • The Governor Sprague Mansion was the birthplace of 2 of Rhode Island's governors.
  • Currently serving as the headquarters of the Cranston Historical Society.
  • Official Cranston Historical Society Website.
  • Fun Fact: On September 11, 1915, William Sprague's life ended when he died of meningitis and old age. Following a simple funeral services in France, his body was brought back to Rhode Island draped in both an American Flag and a Rhode Island flag. He was laid to rest at Swan Point Cemetery.

Pawtuxet River
  • The Pawtuxet River is 12.3 miles long and has four dams along the length.
  • The rivers north and south branches begins in West Warwick and continues east through Warwick & Cranston & empties into the Providence River at Pawtuxet Village.
  • There are 2 River Organizations focus on the Pawtuxet River:
  • The Pawtuxet River Authority & Watershed Council.
  • Friends of the Pawtuxet.
  • On March 15 and March 16, 2010, the Pawtuxet River reached a new record high flood level after receiving over three inches of rain on the 13th and 14th. The river crested at 15.2 feet (4.6 m) in the evening of March 15.

Cranston Public Library - Arlington Branch
  • Address: 1064 Cranston St, Cranston RI 02920
  • Phone: (401) 944-1662
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "Located on the first floor of the Cranston Senior Center, the Arlington Branch, formerly named both the Arlington Library and the Arlington Reading Room, was initially founded in the neighborhood district hall with a collection of 500 volumes. Currently, the branch is a popular stop for both pedestrians in the Arlington neighborhood and those visiting the Senior Center."

Cranston Public Library - Auburn Branch
  • Address: 396 Pontiac Ave, Cranston RI 02910
  • Phone: (401) 781-6116
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Auburn Branch has seen many locations since it was first established as the Auburn Reading Room in 1888. After making do with six temporary homes, the Auburn Branch finally found its current, purpose-built location on Pontiac Ave in 1991. In addition to popular and regularly scheduled reading and knitting groups, the Auburn Branch has become quite popular for the ESL courses offered on-site by the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI). This location also houses Cranston Public Library’s Books @ Home program."

Cranston Public Library - Main Branch
  • Address: 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd, Cranston RI 02920
  • Phone: (401) 943-9080
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Central Library of the Cranston Public Library system opened in April, 1983. Since, the Central Library has served as Cranston Public Library’s reference and administrative center. The Central Library offers the community an inviting children’s room, a teen meeting room, public computers for all ages, an ever-growing list of programs and instructional technology classes."

Cranston Public Library - Knightsville Branch
  • Address: 1847 Cranston St, Cranston RI 02920
  • Phone: (401) 942-2504
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Knightsville Branch initially opened in a storefront in 1927 as the Knightsville Library. For the next thirty years, the Knightsville Library could be located at various addresses along Cranston Street until a generous land donation made the construction of a new building possible. The donation, made in memory of Gerard Ruggieri, resulted in the structure that you see today."

Cranston Public Library - Oak Lawn Branch
  • Address: 230 Wilbur Ave, Cranston RI 02920
  • Phone: (401) 942-1787
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "The Oak Lawn Branch was established in 1895. Its location made use of a former schoolhouse and the surrounding community, including many members of the Shaw family, worked tirelessly to make the then-named Oak Lawn Public Library what it is today. The building underwent construction in 1965 to create space for a children’s library, then again in 1990 for the addition of a new entrance and reading room. Today, the Oak Lawn Branch invites the public to delve into local history, offers extensive youth programming and provides the neighborhood with a family-friendly atmosphere."

William Hall Library
  • Address: 1825 Broad St, Cranston RI 02905
  • Phone: (401) 942-2504
  • Cranston Public Library Website
  • According to the library website, "Incorporated in 1896 as the Edgewood Free Library, this location was renamed in 1921 after local businessman William H. Hall bequeathed part of his estate to its development. The building itself was completed in 1927, and, from 1966-1983, the William Hall Library served as the administrative center for the newly unified Cranston Public Library system. Today, the William Hall Library hosts a variety of popular programs—including ESL and citizenship classes with the Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI), reading groups, youth programming, theatre programs and free music concerts."

Washington Secondary Bike Path

The Washington Secondary Bike Path is the state's longest bike path at 19 miles from Cranston Street in Cranston to Log Bridge Road, just past Route 102, in western Coventry. It is named for the abandoned rail corridor once served by the Providence, Hartford, & Fishkill Railroad.

  • Cranston Parking:
  • Brewery Parkade, Cranston
  • Hugh B. Bain Middle School, Cranston
  • Oaklawn Village, Cranston
  • West Natick Road, Warwick/Cranston line


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