The 10 Safest Neighborhoods In Providence For 2020


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Providence are the safest places to live.

Editor’s Note: This is our first time ranking the safest neighborhoods to live in Providence.
Safest Neighborhoods In Providence

We analyzed every possible crime metric to determine which neighborhoods in Providence are the safest.

Every year, more than 30 million Americans move. Sometimes, its for a job, other times its to escape the big city. But no matter where you move, you want a neighborhood thats family friendly, clean, and most importantly, safe.

Weve analyzed the FBI crime reports data on violent and property crimes for every single neighborhood in Providence. Then, we calculated your chances of being the victim of a crime in each one.

In which Providence neighborhoods can you leave your doors unlocked at night? Heres the list. For a more detailed breakdown for each neighborhood, keep reading.

Here are the safest neighborhoods in Providence for 2020:

  1. Blackstone (Homes)
  2. Wayland (Homes)
  3. College Hill (Homes)
  4. Manton (Homes)
  5. South Elmwood (Homes)
  6. Reservoir (Homes)
  7. Elmhurst (Homes)
  8. Mount Pleasant (Homes)
  9. Mount Hope (Homes)
  10. Hope (Homes)

So, which neighborhood is the safest in Providence in 2020? That would be Blackstone. Thats according to the most recent FBI crime data, which takes into account everything from thefts and robberies to assaults and murders.

If you want to dig down deeper into each neighborhood’s statistics, as well as our methodology, take a look below. Some of these neighborhoods are the best places to live in Providence.

If you dont see a neighborhood youre looking for in our top ten, scroll down to the bottom, where we have all Providence neighborhoods listed in order from safest to most dangerous. 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.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

How We Determined The Safest Providence Hoods In 2020

You can ask people which neighborhoods are the safest, or you can just look at the unbiased raw data. So, instead of relying on speculation and opinion, we analyzed the hard numbers from the FBIs most recent crime report (published in September of 2019) for every neighborhood in Providence.

To be more specific, we analyzed the FBIs Uniform Crime Report. We then ran an analysis to calculate each neighborhoods property and violent crimes based on the demographics of the area and reported crime. We used two key criteria:

  • Total Crimes Per Capita
  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest safest neighborhood index the ‘Safest City Neighborhood In Providence.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Blackstone.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the safest places Providence. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from safest to most expensive.

The 10 Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Providence For 2020

Blackstone Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,336
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 111
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,287
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Blackstone comes in at 111 and the property crime per capita is 1,287 for 2020.

Wayland Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 3,028
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 39
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,545
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Wayland comes in at 39 and the property crime per capita is 1,545 for 2020.

College Hill Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 9,005
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 110
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,492
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in College Hill comes in at 110 and the property crime per capita is 1,492 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 4,362
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 201
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,659
More on Manton: Homes For Sale | Data

The violent crime per 100K people in Manton comes in at 201 and the property crime per capita is 1,659 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,308
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 291
Property Crime Per 100k: 1,888
More on South Elmwood: Homes For Sale | Data

South Elmwood is the southernmost neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island, and is home to Roger Williams Park and the Roger Williams Park Zoo. The neighborhood is bounded to the northwest by Interstate 95, to the northeast by Broad Street and Verndale Avenue, and on all other sides by the municipal boundary with Cranston. The population of the neighborhood, as of 2000, was 2,184.

The violent crime per 100K people in South Elmwood comes in at 291 and the property crime per capita is 1,888 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,944
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 347
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,077
More on Reservoir: Homes For Sale | Data

Reservoir is a neighborhood in southwest Providence, Rhode Island. It is bounded to the north and east by the Amtrak Northeast Corridor railroad tracks, and to the west and south by the municipal boundary with Cranston. The population of the neighborhood, as of 2000, was 2,963.

The violent crime per 100K people in Reservoir comes in at 347 and the property crime per capita is 2,077 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 10,503
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 331
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,329
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Elmhurst comes in at 331 and the property crime per capita is 2,329 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,950
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 446
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,358
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Mount Pleasant comes in at 446 and the property crime per capita is 2,358 for 2020.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,083
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 341
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,583
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.

The violent crime per 100K people in Mount Hope comes in at 341 and the property crime per capita is 2,583 for 2020.

Hope Providence, RI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,060
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 296
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,796
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’.

The violent crime per 100K people in Hope comes in at 296 and the property crime per capita is 2,796 for 2020.

Summing Up The Safest Places In Providence

Looking at the data, you can tell that Blackstone is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Rhode Island residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you’re informed ahead of time.

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Safest Neighborhoods To Live In Providence For 2020

Rank Neighborhood Crime Per 100K
1 Blackstone 1,398
2 Wayland 1,584
3 College Hill 1,602
4 Manton 1,860
5 South Elmwood 2,179
6 Reservoir 2,424
7 Elmhurst 2,660
8 Mount Pleasant 2,804
9 Mount Hope 2,924
10 Hope 3,092
11 Silverlake 2,805
12 Washington Park 2,994
13 Elmwood 3,246
14 Hartford 3,299
15 Valley 3,617
16 Downtown 3,626
17 Fox Point 4,369
18 Wanskuck 3,656
19 Lower South Providence 4,088
20 West End 4,080
21 Charles 4,735
22 Federal Hill 6,515
23 Olneyville 5,077
24 Smith Hill 5,090

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *