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The Charles neighborhood, along with Wanskuck, comprises the North End of Providence. Charles is bounded by Wanskuck and Route 146 to the west, Smith Hill to its south, the town of North Providence to its north, and the West River and the New York & New Hampshire Railroad tracks to its east. Major north-south thoroughfares in the neighborhood include Branch Avenue, Charles Street and Silver Spring Street, while Ledge Street provides an important east-west axis. Charles developed into an industrial area that attracted different types of European immigrants looking for work. Though during the 19th century, Charles was part of North Providence, it became part of Providence again in 1874 and became a thriving working class neighborhood throughout the 20th century. The neighborhood is less of a manufacturing center than it was then, but remains a residential and commercial center in the northern part of the city.

Indicator Details

Indicatorssort descending Primary Domain Indicator Value Rank Tier
Access to Mainstream Financial Services Economic Health -% - Data N/A
Access to Parks and Open Space Natural Areas 6.5% 8 Top
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 77.4% 9 Middle
Age of Housing Housing 87.8% 16 Middle
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing 6.6% 3 Top
Business Retention Economic Health -0.2% 12 Middle
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety 34.4% 20 Bottom
Commute Mode Share Transportation 19.4% 24 Bottom
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 55.8% 11 Middle
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 38.2% 10 Middle
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics -% - Data N/A
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 66.4% 16 Middle
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 18.1% 15 Middle
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 55.9% 10 Middle
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 6.9% 10 Middle
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 8.0% 11 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 33.6 13 Middle
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 11.8 21 Bottom
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 147.3 7 Top
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 51.8% 7 Top
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards -% - Data N/A
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 0.6 programs enrolled in per 100 households 7 Top
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 59.4% 5 Top
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 88.1% 1 Top
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 10.4% 14 Middle
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities 25.2% 10 Middle
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 51.6% 16 Middle
Transit Accessibility Transportation 188.4 7 Top
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 24.3 24 Bottom
Tree Cover Natural Areas 20.1% 13 Middle
Vacancy Rates Housing 14.7% 16 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 5.3 13 Middle
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 53.4% 10 Middle
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 70 18 Bottom

Demographic and Contextual Indicators

Neighborhood City Wide
Concentrated Poverty 29.4% 29%
Income Inequality 0.5 0.50
Life Expectancy - 78.8
Population 7,392 178,042
Racial and Ethnic Diversity 1.4 1.44
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