These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Rhode Island

We used data and science to determine the places in Rhode Island everyone wants to move to today.

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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Providence and Warwick, while others want peace and quiet like in Central Falls and Newport, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Rhode Island have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Ocean State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Providence
  2. Cranston
  3. Central Falls
  4. Pawtucket
  5. East Providence
  6. Woonsocket
  7. Newport
  8. Warwick

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Rhode Island are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.


How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Ocean State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 8 Rhode Island cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Ocean State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]


1. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Population 2010: 178,286
Growth Rate: 0.15%
Absolute Growth: 276

2. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680
Population 2010: 80,580
Growth Rate: 0.12%
Absolute Growth: 100

3. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406
Population 2010: 19,391
Growth Rate: 0.08%
Absolute Growth: 15

4. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313
Population 2010: 71,662
Growth Rate: -0.49%
Absolute Growth: -349

5. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166
Population 2010: 47,491
Growth Rate: -0.68%
Absolute Growth: -325

6. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136
Population 2010: 41,682
Growth Rate: -1.31%
Absolute Growth: -546

7. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,599
Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: -1.43%
Absolute Growth: -358

8. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065
Population 2010: 83,676
Growth Rate: -1.93%
Absolute Growth: -1,611

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island are led by Providence which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Rhode Island

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Providence 1 178,562 178,286 276 0.2%
Cranston 2 80,680 80,580 100 0.1%
Central Falls 3 19,406 19,391 15 0.1%
Pawtucket 4 71,313 71,662 -349 -0.5%
East Providence 5 47,166 47,491 -325 -0.7%
Woonsocket 6 41,136 41,682 -546 -1.3%
Newport 7 24,599 24,957 -358 -1.4%
Warwick 8 82,065 83,676 -1,611 -1.9%

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.

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