The 10 Best Providence, RI Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Providence are the best of the best.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Providence.
Best Neighborhoods In Providence

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Providence, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Providence neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Providence are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Providence for 2019:

  1. Wayland (Homes)
  2. College Hill (Homes)
  3. Elmhurst (Homes)
  4. Blackstone (Homes)
  5. Manton (Homes)
  6. Mount Pleasant (Homes)
  7. Hope (Homes)
  8. Fox Point (Homes)
  9. Mount Hope (Homes)
  10. Downtown (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Providence for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Wayland looks to be the best Providence neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Providence that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Providence.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Providence hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Providence, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 24 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Providence.” We’re lookin’ at you, Wayland.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Providence, Rhode Island has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Wayland Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,028
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $557,950 (1st best)
Median Income: $63,196 (4th best)
More on Wayland: Homes For Sale | Data

Wayland Square is a historic area on the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island near Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

College Hill Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,005
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $488,462 (2nd best)
Median Income: $61,154 (6th best)
More on College Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

College Hill is a neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, and one of six neighborhoods comprising the East Side of Providence and part of the College Hill Historic District. It is roughly bounded by South and North Main Street to the west, Power Street to the south, Governor Street and Arlington Avenue to the east and Olney Street to the north. College Hill is also home to Thayer Street, a shopping strip frequented by students in the Providence area.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,503
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $190,236 (7th best)
Median Income: $61,335 (5th best)
More on Elmhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Elmhurst is a primarily residential neighborhood in the northwest quadrant of Providence, Rhode Island. Douglas Avenue and Admiral Street bound Elmhurst to the northeast, Academy Avenue and Smith Street bound it to the west, while Chalkstone Avenue marks the southern border.

Blackstone Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,336
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $441,850 (3rd best)
Median Income: $107,880 (1st best)
More on Blackstone: Homes For Sale | Data

Blackstone is a predominantly residential neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island. It is in the northeast corner of the city and is bounded to the south and west by Lloyd Avenue and Hope Street respectively. It is one of six neighborhoods comprising the East Side of Providence.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,362
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $127,267 (17th best)
Median Income: $47,800 (10th best)
More on Manton: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,950
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $158,945 (10th best)
Median Income: $67,089 (3rd best)
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data

Mount Pleasant is a working-class residential neighborhood situated in the northwest of the city of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bordered by Olneyville to the south, Valley to the east, Manton to the west, and Elmhurst to the northeast, and the Town of North Providence to the north. The major street boundaries that define Mount Pleasant are Academy Avenue to the east, Smith Street to the northeast, Atwells Avenue to the south, and portions of Bullock, Chalkstone, Mera, and Rushmore Avenues to the west.

Hope Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,060
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $304,450 (5th best)
Median Income: $78,360 (2nd best)
More on Hope: Homes For Sale | Data

Hope is a neighborhood on the northern border of Providence, Rhode Island. To the west, it is bounded by North Main Street, the North Burial Ground, and Interstate 95, while Rochambeau Ave, Hope Street, and the Providence-Pawtucket city line roughly delineate its boundaries to the south, east, and north respectively. Hope is sometimes referred to as Summit, named for the street that runs through the middle of the neighborhood. Though “Hope” is officially recognized, residents and the local neighborhood organization more often use “Summit”.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,418
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $333,760 (4th best)
Median Income: $53,011 (8th best)
More on Fox Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Fox Point is a neighborhood in the East Side of Providence, Rhode Island. It is bounded by the Providence and Seekonk rivers, Interstate 195 and the College Hill and Wayland neighborhoods. Fox Point is the southernmost neighborhood in the East Side area of Providence.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,083
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $186,590 (8th best)
Median Income: $52,539 (9th best)
More on Mount Hope: Homes For Sale | Data

Mount Hope is a neighborhood in northern Providence, Rhode Island. It is one of six neighborhoods comprising the East Side of Providence. The area is bounded to the north by Rochambeau Avenue, to the east by Hope Street, to the south by Olney Street, while the western border is the former New York-New Haven Railroad and Interstate 95. Camp Street is often used as a landmark for the neighborhood, as it runs lengthwise through Mount Hope’s center.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 4,196
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $211,400 (6th best)
Median Income: $41,620 (13th best)
More on Downtown: Homes For Sale | Data

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Providence

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Providence where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Providence aren’t all good. Lower South Providence takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Providence.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Providence For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Wayland 3,028 $557,950 $63,196
2 College Hill 9,005 $488,462 $61,154
3 Elmhurst 10,503 $190,236 $61,335
4 Blackstone 6,336 $441,850 $107,880
5 Manton 4,362 $127,267 $47,800
6 Mount Pleasant 9,950 $158,945 $67,089
7 Hope 3,060 $304,450 $78,360
8 Fox Point 3,418 $333,760 $53,011
9 Mount Hope 6,083 $186,590 $52,539
10 Downtown 4,196 $211,400 $41,620
11 Wanskuck 12,204 $128,000 $36,383
12 Valley 5,683 $152,980 $42,739
13 Federal Hill 6,992 $167,486 $35,116
14 Reservoir 2,944 $145,167 $57,307
15 Silverlake 11,863 $124,646 $34,790
16 South Elmwood 2,308 $155,550 $47,276
17 Charles 6,312 $130,200 $38,446
18 West End 17,375 $100,407 $33,856
19 Elmwood 10,557 $99,289 $31,619
20 Washington Park 7,430 $129,414 $37,408
21 Hartford 6,442 $111,962 $34,186
22 Smith Hill 5,372 $118,683 $32,772
23 Olneyville 7,046 $97,227 $23,139
24 Lower South Providence 6,027 $116,600 $29,100

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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