The Info List - Providence Metropolitan Area

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The Providence metropolitan area is a region extending into eight counties in two states, and is the 39th largest metropolitan area in the United States.[1][2] Anchored by the city of Providence, Rhode Island, it has an estimated population of 1,622,520, exceeding that of Rhode Island by slightly over 60%. The area covers almost all of Rhode Island. 38 of the 39 municipalities in the state are included. Only Westerly is not. The Providence Metropolitan Statistical Area also extends into southern Massachusetts with an average population density of 2300 per mi² (888 per km²).[3][4][5] Its Gross Metropolitan Product is the country's 42nd largest at $64.7 billion, just above the Gross State Product of the entire state of Hawaii.[6] Since 2006, the Providence metropolitan area has been officially included in the Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area (CSA), the sixth-largest CSA in the country, with over 8 million residents.[1]


1 Boundaries

1.1 Principal Cities

2 Transportation 3 Demographics 4 References

Boundaries[edit] The Providence metropolitan area contains towns from all five counties in Rhode Island and three counties in Massachusetts, including:

Bristol County, Rhode Island Kent County, Rhode Island Newport County, Rhode Island Providence County, Rhode Island Washington County, Rhode Island Bristol County, Massachusetts Worcester County, Massachusetts Norfolk County, Massachusetts

The New Bedford metro area is not included in the Providence NECTA, but is included in the Combined NECTA[7] and MSA definitions. Principal Cities[edit]

Providence, Rhode Island Fall River, Massachusetts New Bedford, Massachusetts Warwick, Rhode Island Cranston, Rhode Island Attleboro, Massachusetts

Transportation[edit] The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates a commuter rail connecting the metropolitan area to Boston. There are commuter rail stations in Providence, South Attleboro, and Attleboro. An extension of the commuter rail to T.F. Green airport in Warwick and Wickford Junction in North Kingstown, Rhode Island was completed in 2012. Extensions to Fall River and New Bedford have also been planned. Amtrak provides regional rail service to the Providence and Kingston train stations as well.

A Pawtucket bound RIPTA bus on the No. 51 line loads at Kennedy Plaza.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), which has its hub in downtown Providence manages local bus transit for the state, serving 35 out of 39 Rhode Island communities. RIPTA operates 55 bus lines as well as Flex service and paratransit service.[8] Ferry services link Block Island, Prudence Island, and Hog Island to the Rhode Island mainland. Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA) provides local bus service in the Massachusetts locales of Fall River and New Bedford. Greater Attleboro Transit Authority (GATRA) serves the Attleboros and surrounding towns. It also provides connections to RIPTA in Pawtucket, R.I. The major airport is T. F. Green Airport in Warwick, though Logan International Airport in Boston is also used. The MBTA Providence/Stoughton Line passes through T.F. Green and connects the airport to Providence and Boston, offering additional airport flexibility in the Greater Boston Area. Two interstates connect major population centers in the region: 95, which runs diagonally across Rhode Island, and 195, which runs east from Providence into Massachusetts. The auxiliary interstate 295 provides a bypass around Providence. Demographics[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1990 1,134,350

2000 1,188,613


Est. 2007 1,600,856 [9]

data source:[2][10]

Also included are very large concentrations of Lusophone populations across the region with the largest density being from East Providence to New Bedford. The two Bristol counties (RI, and MA) are the only two counties in America where Portuguese-Americans form a plurality of the Population.[11] References[edit]

^ a b "Update of Statistical area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). whitehouse.gov. pp. 52,108,150. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 4, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2007.  ^ a b "Providence Metropolitan Area:2000–2005 Population & Migration". demographia.com. Retrieved June 11, 2007.  ^ "July 1, 2005 Population Estimates". US Census Bureau. Retrieved March 22, 2007.  ^ Wendell Cox. "Providence: Least Sprawling Metropolitan Area: Colorado Springs Sprawls less than Portland" (PDF). publicpurpose.com. Retrieved June 11, 2007.  ^ "May 2006 OEC Metropolitan Statistical Area definitions". stats.bls.gov. Retrieved June 9, 2007.  ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 28, 2008. Retrieved September 15, 2006.  pages 15 and 40 ^ Current Lists of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas and Definitions Archived May 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "About". RIPTA. Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Retrieved 4 September 2015.  ^ Estimates of Population Change for Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Rankings: July 1, 2005 to July 1, 2006 ^ https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t3/index.html ^ Bristol County, Massachusetts – Select a Race, Ethnic, or Ancestry Group – American FactFinder

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 State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

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 Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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The 100 most populous metropolitan statistical areas of the United States of America


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Baltimore, MD Charlotte, NC San Juan, PR Orlando, FL San Antonio, TX Portland, OR Pittsburgh, PA Sacramento, CA Cincinnati, OH Las Vegas, NV Kansas City, MO Austin, TX Columbus, OH Cleveland, OH Indianapolis, IN San Jose, CA Nashville, TN Virginia Beach, VA Providence, RI Milwaukee, WI

Jacksonville, FL Memphis, TN Oklahoma City, OK Louisville, KY Richmond, VA New Orleans, LA Hartford, CT Raleigh, NC Birmingham, AL Buffalo, NY Salt Lake City, UT Rochester, NY Grand Rapids, MI Tucson, AZ Honolulu, HI Tulsa, OK Fresno, CA Bridgeport, CT Worcester, MA Albuquerque, NM

Omaha, NE Albany, NY New Haven, CT Bakersfield, CA Knoxville, TN Greenville, SC Oxnard, CA El Paso, TX Allentown, PA Baton Rouge, LA McAllen, TX Dayton, OH Columbia, SC Greensboro, NC Sarasota, FL Little Rock, AR Stockton, CA Akron, OH Charleston, SC Colorado Springs, CO

Syracuse, NY Winston-Salem, NC Cape Coral, FL Boise, ID Wichita, KS Springfield, MA Madison, WI Lakeland, FL Ogden, UT Toledo, OH Deltona, FL Des Moines, IA Jackson, MS Augusta, GA Scranton, PA Youngstown, OH Harrisburg, PA Provo, UT Palm Bay, FL Chattanooga, TN

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