Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 173,618, but a July 1, 2002 Census estimate put the city's population at 175,901. It is located in Providence County and is the second largest city in New England. Providence is nicknamed the "Beehive of Industry", while the downtown area is nicknamed "Downcity".
Providence was named by Roger Williams in honor of "God's merciful Providence" in his finding this spot to settle when expelled by the Puritans from Massachusetts. The official name of the state includes the name of the city, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
Providence is the home of Brown University, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). The East Side neighborhood of Providence includes the largest contiguous area of National Historic Society-designated buildings in America. Providence also has a huge new shopping mall in the center of the city called the Providence Place Mall.
Providence has hosted the Gravity Games alternative sports tournament during several recent summers. Also during the summer months, there are multiple WaterFire events on the downtown rivers.
Providence is served by T. F. Green Airport, which is located in nearby Warwick, Rhode Island. The railroad station is served by Amtrak and MBTA commuter railroad.
Web Sites and Links
Building ProvidenceProvides information on the architecture, site design, and construction status of building and planning projects in the city. Also has public meeting information and links.
Providence Community ProfileIncludes history, demographics, economic trends, government information, points of interest, and selected local links. From state Economic Development Corporation.
ProvidenceRI.comOfficial city site provides a comprehensive guide to the local area.
The Jewelry DistrictInformation on the Jewelry District, located on the south side. Contains news, discussions, events calendar, and safety and transportation information.