These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Rhode Island

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Rhode Island. And here they are:

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

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Rhode Island

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,599Median Income: $61,320
Poverty Level: 11.5%
Unemployment Rate: 6.1%

2. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,065Median Income: $62,803
Poverty Level: 6.9%
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

3. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166Median Income: $51,077
Poverty Level: 10.3%
Unemployment Rate: 10.4%

4. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,680Median Income: $58,684
Poverty Level: 10.5%
Unemployment Rate: 10.6%

5. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136Median Income: $35,216
Poverty Level: 22.6%
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%

6. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313Median Income: $40,578
Poverty Level: 18.8%
Unemployment Rate: 13.8%

7. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562Median Income: $37,514
Poverty Level: 27.5%
Unemployment Rate: 13.7%

8. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406Median Income: $28,842
Poverty Level: 28.3%
Unemployment Rate: 13.6%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Newport and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Rhode Island

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Newport $61,320 11.5% 6.1%
2 Warwick $62,803 6.9% 9.0%
3 East Providence $51,077 10.3% 10.4%
4 Cranston $58,684 10.5% 10.6%
5 Woonsocket $35,216 22.6% 8.1%
6 Pawtucket $40,578 18.8% 13.8%
7 Providence $37,514 27.5% 13.7%
8 Central Falls $28,842 28.3% 13.6%