These Are The 10 Rhode Island Cities With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Rhode Island that have the largest Hispanic population in 2018.

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The Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That’s the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted Rhode Island? Where cities and towns in Rhode Island have seen the greatest increase in it’s Hispanic population?

Turns out there’s been a 19.2% increase in the Hispanic population in Rhode Island.

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Rhode Island with the largest Hispanic population in 2018:

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

Central Falls took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Rhode Island for 2018.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Rhode Island ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in Rhode Island or the most diverse places in Rhode Island.

How We Determined The Cities In Rhode Island With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Rhode Island.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 19,000 people. That left us with 8 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic. The percentages ranked from 63.8% to 5.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic population with a higher score being more Hispanic than a lower score. Central Falls took the distinction of being the most Hispanic, while Warwick was the least Hispanic city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Rhode Island ranked by population of Hispanic residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Population: 19,366
% Hispanic: 63.85%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 12,365
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.59%
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Central Falls is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 19,376 at the 2010 census. With an area of only 1.29 square miles, it is the smallest and most densely populated city in the smallest state, and the 27th most densely populated incorporated place in the United States. It is also one of only four incorporated places in New England that have a higher population density than the city of Boston. The city takes its name from a waterfall on the Blackstone River.

2. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Population: 178,851
% Hispanic: 41.72%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 74,612
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.67%
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Providence is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Rhode Island in the early 1900s it was the most visited place, founded in 1636 and one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was founded by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of ‘God’s merciful Providence’ which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. The city is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay.

3. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

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Population: 71,389
% Hispanic: 22.67%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 16,183
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.09%
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Pawtucket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 71,148 at the 2010 census. It is the fourth largest city in the state.

4. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

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Population: 41,272
% Hispanic: 15.32%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 6,322
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.11%
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Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 41,186 at the 2010 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area.

5. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Population: 80,882
% Hispanic: 13.28%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 10,743
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.84%
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Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. With a population of 80,529 at the 2010 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

6. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Population: 24,570
% Hispanic: 10.72%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 2,634
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.75%
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Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The City of Newport is located approximately 37 miles southeast of Providence, 21 miles south of Fall River, and 74 miles south of Boston. It is known as a New England summer resort and is famous for its mansions. It is also the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport, which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. It was a major 18th-century port city and also contains a high number of surviving buildings from the colonial era of the United States.

7. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Population: 47,260
% Hispanic: 5.28%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 2,494
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.45%
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East Providence is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 47,037 at the 2010 census, making it the fifth largest city in the state.

8. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source:Public domain

Population: 81,881
% Hispanic: 4.97%
# Of Hispanic Residents: 4,073
Percent Change Since 2010: 112.58%
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There You Have It – Hispanic Populations Across Rhode Island

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Hispanic populations across Rhode Island according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Hispanic places in Rhode Island:

  1. Warwick
  2. East Providence
  3. Newport

For more Rhode Island reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Rhode Island

Rank City Population % Hispanic
1
Central Falls 19,366 63.85%
2
Providence 178,851 41.72%
3
Pawtucket 71,389 22.67%
4
Woonsocket 41,272 15.32%
5
Cranston 80,882 13.28%
6
Newport 24,570 10.72%
7
East Providence 47,260 5.28%
8
Warwick 81,881 4.97%

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