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Olneyville, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Providence, is located in the central western section of the city. The topography of Olneyville, typified by the spectacular view across the city from Bowdoin Street, is one of the most diverse and engaging of any neighborhood in Providence. Its boundaries are Atwells Avenue to the north, the AMTRAK railway line and Route 10 to the east, the Woonasquatucket River and Interstate 195 to the south, and Glenbridge Avenue to the west. Olneyville is the core of a larger historically and geographically defined area called the Woonasquatucket River Valley. Olneyville Square, where Broadway, Westminster Street, Harris Avenue, Hartford Avenue, Plainfield Street, Manton Avenue, Valley Street, and Dike Street all meet, has long been the industrial, commercial, cultural, and transportation hub of the entire west side of Providence. The area became a predominant place for industrial development due to its proximity to the rivers, and became home to textile, paper and other industries in the city. After World War II, there was a substantial decline in the profits from the textile mills, many of who have closed in the years since. The population of Olneyville fell during the 1960s and 1970s as it did in other parts of Providence due to the decline in industry, but has been stabilized in most recent years due to a new influx of businesses. Some old mill buildings in Olneyville and neighboring parts of the city have seen substantial redevelopment.

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 5.0% 11 Middle
Adult Educational Attainment Educational Opportunities 56.0% 25 Bottom
Age of Housing Housing 84.0% 12 Middle
Blood Lead Levels in Children Housing 14.8% 21 Bottom
Business Retention Economic Health 0.0% 1 Top
Chronic School Absence Health Systems and Public Safety 29.0% 7 Top
Commute Mode Share Transportation 33.2% 12 Middle
Employment Rate Employment Opportunities 50.8% 19 Bottom
Excessive Housing Cost Burden Housing 51.1% 22 Bottom
Food Desert Neighborhood Characteristics 83.3% 14 Middle
High School Graduation Rate Educational Opportunities 79.2% 4 Top
Household Transportation Costs Transportation 16.9% 6 Top
Local Business Vitality Economic Health 57.0% 5 Top
Long-Term Unemployment Employment Opportunities 11.9% 23 Bottom
Low Birth Weight Health Systems and Public Safety 9.4% 17 Middle
Motor Vehicle Collisions Health Systems and Public Safety 58.3 20 Bottom
Offsite Alcohol Outlets Neighborhood Characteristics 4.9 4 Top
Pedestrian Connectivity Transportation 112.1 18 Bottom
Preschool Enrollment Educational Opportunities 26.6% 13 Middle
Preventable Hospitalizations Health Systems and Public Safety - - Data N/A
Proximity to Brownfield Sites Environmental Hazards 2.5% 23 Bottom
Proximity to Superfund Sites Environmental Hazards -% - Data N/A
Public Assisted Households Employment Opportunities 1.6 programs enrolled in per 100 households 24 Bottom
Reading Proficiency Educational Opportunities 53.7% 13 Middle
Residential Mobility Social Cohesion 80.3% 13 Middle
Residential Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 30.6% 25 Bottom
School Proximity to Traffic Environmental Hazards 33.3% 22 Bottom
School Readiness Scores Educational Opportunities 14.5% 24 Bottom
Toxic Releases from Facilities Environmental Hazards 0.0% 1 Top
Transit Accessibility Transportation 119 19 Bottom
Travel Time to Work Employment Opportunities 23.7 21 Bottom
Tree Cover Natural Areas 16.6% 14 Middle
Vacancy Rates Housing 13.3% 11 Middle
Violent Crime Health Systems and Public Safety 13.4 23 Bottom
Voter Participation Social Cohesion 35.5% 25 Bottom
Walkability Neighborhood Characteristics 78 12 Middle

Demographic and Contextual Indicators

Neighborhood City Wide
Concentrated Poverty 41.4% 29%
Income Inequality 0.5 0.50
Life Expectancy - 78.8
Population 13,178 178,042
Racial and Ethnic Diversity 1.4 1.44
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