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Downtown Providence is located at the confluence of the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers and is made up of approximately 150 acres. The neighborhood is surrounded by College Hill, Smith Hill, Federal Hill and Upper South Providence, and also faces the head of Narragansett Bay. In the 20th century, the area has expanded with increased retail outlets in the financial and arts districts, growing numbers of fine dining establishments and entertainment venues. During the 1970s and 1980s, the revitalization of the downtown contributed to a resurgence throughout the city and the construction of the Providence Place Mall, Providence Civic Center and Hospital Trust Tower. In recent years, more residential development has occurred in Downtown and has spurred other commercial development as well.

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 5.8% 10 Middle
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 77.7% 8 Top
Age of Housing Housing 75.9% 4 Top
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing 10.3% 14 Middle
Business Retention Economic Health -1.9% 24 Bottom
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety 33.9% 19 Bottom
Commute Mode Share Transportation 54.8% 2 Top
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 43.6% 25 Bottom
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 30.5% 5 Top
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics 100.0% 15 Middle
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 79.4% 3 Top
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 15.9% 2 Top
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 50.0% 24 Bottom
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 13.4% 24 Bottom
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 8.5% 14 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 180.1 25 Bottom
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 12.2 24 Bottom
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 63.1 25 Bottom
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 20.0% 19 Bottom
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 1.1 programs enrolled in per 100 households 16 Middle
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 54.8% 12 Middle
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 68.5% 23 Bottom
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 16.2% 18 Bottom
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities 30.8% 6 Top
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 23.2% 12 Middle
Transit Accessibility Transportation 430.7 1 Top
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 19.3 3 Top
Tree Cover Natural Areas 6.6% 24 Bottom
Vacancy Rates Housing 13.0% 9 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 16.6 25 Bottom
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 47.9% 13 Middle
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 94 1 Top

Demographic and Contextual Indicators

Neighborhood City Wide
Concentrated Poverty 43.0% 29%
Income Inequality 0.7 0.50
Life Expectancy - 78.8
Population 6,060 178,042
Racial and Ethnic Diversity 1.3 1.44
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