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Providence, RI

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Providence Rhode Island

  • The city of Providence is located within the boundaries of Providence County.
  • Providence was incorporated in 1636.
  • 2010 Census notes 16,310 people live in this town.
  • There are 178,042 households in Providence according to the census.
  • Size: 20.5 Sq Miles (18.5 Sq Miles of land & 2.1 Sq Miles of water)
  • Zip Code: 02901-02912, 02918, 02919, 02940
  • In 2009 the top 10 employers were: Rhode Island hospital, Brown University, Bank of America, Women & Infants Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Roger Williams Medical Center, Citizens Bank, Verizon, Johnson & Wales University & Pinterton.
  • Town of Providence Official Website
  • Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°25′20″W

Real Estate Facts


% of Value



Biz / Personal Prop

$19.25 / $33.75 100% $36.75 $60.00 $55.80

* last assessed in 2012 & has a homestead exemption

"There is no longer a homestead exemption. Instead, the City has two simple tax rates - an owner occupied rate of $19.25 and a non-owner occupied rate of $33.75".

1. Elderly Exemption Any person 65 years of age prior to December 31 or any person 62 year of age prior to December 31 and receiving Social Security Retirement Benefits is eligible for this exemption. The maximum exemption is $26,545. The deadline for filing is March 15 prior to the release of the bill.

2. Social Security Disability Any person Certified through Social Security Administration to be 100% disabled who owns and lives in their home is eligible for disability exemptions. The maximum exemption is $25,922. The deadline for the filing is March 15 prior to release of the bill.

3. Service Disability Any person 100% service connected disabled certified by the Veterans Administration who owns and lives in their home is eligible for a service disability exemption. The exemption is $15,948. The deadline for the filing is March 15 prior to the release of the bill.

4. Blind Exemption Any person who is certified blind by his or her physician will be eligible for the blind exemption. One must live in their home to be eligible for this exemption. The maximum exemption is $47,844. The deadline for the filing is March 15 prior to the release of the bill.

5. Veteran Any person honorably discharged from a recognized conflict, widow of a veteran or gold star parent, POW, in accordance with R.I.G.L. 44-3-4) shall be eligible for a veteran exemption.There is no form for the Veterans' Exemption. Applicants need only submit their DD214 (discharge form). The maximum exemption is $7,948. The deadline for the filing is March 15 prior to the release of the bill.

6. Tax Freeze Any household earning $25,000 or less may apply for a tax freeze, which will limit the increase in taxes to 5.5% per annum

7. Indigent Exemption Rhode Island General Law 44-3-3 (16) states, any person deemed impoverished may request relief from taxes. To qualify for consideration you must reside in the home for an entire calendar year. Provide the Assessor's Office with any and all documents to substantiate your request. Come to City Hall for a further interview, if necessary.

(All exemption applications are available at www.providenceri.com/assessor)

Colleges in Providence, RI

Bonnie J Carter

Providence is an incredibly diverse college location, with most campuses only minutes from downtown, transportation is always available and students are exposed to some of Rhode Island's most historic landmarks and exciting nightlife (but we are sure they will be up all night studying).

Looking for college housing? A great alternative is to purchase investment property.

Average on-campus room and board for undergraduates cost between $8,961 for four-year public schools and $9,307 for privates in 2013-2014, according to federal data. Off-campus, non-university owned living arrangements cost ​an average of $9,110 for public universities and $9,002 for private schools.

Contact us to find out more about college housing alternative, such as multi-families, mixed-use buildings, condos and single family homes near campus.

Around Town

Nelson W Aldrich House
  • Location: 110 Benevolent St Providence RI.
  • Style: Federal-Style.
  • Currently run by the RI Historical Society.
  • Current Use: Museum.
  • AKA: Dr. SB Tobey House.
  • The home was the residence of Senator, Nelson W Aldrich, from 1881-1911. Aldrich was known for creating the Federal Reserve Banking System.
  • Built: 1821.
  • Architect: John Holden Green.
  • The Rhode Island Historical Society Website.

Providence, RI Dog Parks

dog parks in providence ri
Dexter Training Ground Dog Park

73 Dexter St, Providence, RI

Gano Street Dog Park

Gano St & Power St, Providence, RI

All Saints Memorial Church
  • Location: 674 Westminster St Providence RI.
  • Coordinates: 41°49′5″N 71°25′9″W
  • Built: 1869-1872.
  • Architect: Edward Tuckerman Potter, Henshaw.
  • Style: Gothic, Tudor Revival.
  • All Saints Memorial Church is a historic Episcopal Church.
  • This is the largest Episcopal church building in Rhode Island.
  • The congregation was founded in 1844.
  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
  • All Saints Memorial Church Website.

Weird RI Laws

In Providence there is not an appeals process for exemption of property tax due to a disability or poverty.

In Providence it is illegal to wear transparent clothing.

In Providence you may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday.

Providence, RI Libraries

providence ri libraries
Fox Point Library
Knight Memorial Library
Mount Pleasant Library
Olneyville Library
Providence Public Library
Rochambeau Library
Smith Hill Library
South Providence Library
Wanskuck Library
Washington Park Library
Background Check (BCI)

In Rhode Island, you may need a background check for any multiples of reasons, to obtain a BCI check in RI, you must go to the Attorney General's Office in Providence RI. CLICK HERE. Or bring your check book and a photo id to: 150 South Main Street, Providence RI 02903. (401) 274-4400 for more information.

East Bay Bike Path

The East Bay Bike Path is the first multi-town bike path we built in Rhode Island. It travels 14.5 miles from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol, passing many state and local parks and recreation areas. Connecting neighborhoods, schools and business districts, the path is popular with commuting cyclists heading into Providence.

  • Providence Parking:
  • India Point Park, Providence (Washington Bridge Linear Park open weekends only through late June.)


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Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket River Greenway

The Woonasquatucket River Greenway provides a vital link for biking to work or school for residents in Providence and Johnston. Through a series of on-road routes and off-road paths, you can ride 5 miles from Lyman Avenue in Johnston into the heart of our capital city, linking up directly to the Providence Riverwalk at Providence Place Mall. The on-road segments are recommended for experienced cyclists with busy road crossings.

  • Providence Parking:
  • Aleppo Street, Providence


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