Smith Hill is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island. Its traditional bounds are the Woonasquatucket River, the Chad Brown public housing complex, Interstate 95 and West River.

The Roger Williams Medical Center (RWMC) is located in the Smith Hill neighborhood and is adjacent to the VA hospital.

The Rhode Island State House is also located on the border with Downtown. The name 'Smith Hill' is therefore used as a metonym for the Rhode Island state government and the Rhode Island General Assembly.[2]


Providence neighborhoods with Smith Hill in red

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Smith Hill became a densely populated area owing to its proximity to the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck Rivers, which provided the power needed for the industrial mills.


Christopher Dodge house, Holden Street, Providence

The neighborhood is home to whites of European descent and an increasing number of minorities. As of the 1990 census, Smith Hill was 20% Hispanic, 17.2% Asian and 12.2% black. The neighborhood's unemployment and poverty rates are above average for the city, though efforts have been made to revitalize the area, although, without success.

Related links

Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, neighborhood non-profit dedicated to community building and affordable housing


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Rhode Island General Assembly Video". Retrieved 26 December 2012.