Providence, Rhode Island

Providence Business Signs

Providence is a city located within the northern portion of the present-day U.S. state of Rhode Island.  Prior to European colonization, this area was inhabited by the Wampanoag.  The city of Providence, Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams in 1636.  It is one of the oldest cities in the United States.  Williams was a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and when he arrived in what was about to become the capital of Rhode Island, he named it in honor of “God’s merciful Providence” in providing him and his followers a safe haven in which to settle.  Providence, Rhode Island was officially incorporated into a city in 1832.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Providence, Rhode Island has a total population of 179,219 people.  This makes it the most populous city in the entire state of Rhode Island and the 134th most populous city in the country.  According to that same estimate, the Providence, Rhode Island metropolitan area has a total population of 1,604,291 people.  This makes it the 38th most populous metropolitan area in the United States of America.

Providence, Rhode Island was among the first cities in the United States to fully industrialize.  These days, however, according to City Data, “over one third of Providence’s economy is based in trade, transportation, utilities, and educational & health services.”  Prominent companies headquartered in and/or around the Providence, Rhode Island area include Textron, United Natural Foods, Nortek Incorporated, Gilbane, GTECH Corporation, and Citizens Bank, which is the 15th largest bank in the United States.

The largest employers in the Providence, Rhode Island area are Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, and Life Span.  Brown University is responsible for 4,600 local jobs, while Rhode Island Hospital employs 4,200, and Life Span has 1,990 employees.  Brown University is considered an Ivy League school.  Brown University was established in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  Indeed, this makes Brown University the “seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S.”  As of 2017, this private research university had a $3.5 billion endowment.

Elsewhere in the city of Providence, Rhode Island is predictably, the Rhode Island Statehouse.  The Rhode Island Statehouse, which was built between 1895-1904 by the architects McKim, Mead, and White in the Neoclassical style, is now listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  It currently houses the Rhode Island General Assembly and the offices of the governor of Rhode Island.

As for sports, Providence, Rhode Island is home to several professional franchises.  The American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins play their home matches in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  The Providence Bruins have 3 regular season titles, one conference championship, and one Calder Cup to their name.  Providence, Rhode Island is also home to two rugby teams: Rugby Union’s Providence Rugby Football club and the Semi-Pro Rugby League’s The Rode Island Rebellion.  Additionally, Providence, Rhode Island is home to four roller derby teams: Providence Mob Squad, the Sakonnet River Roller Rats, the Old Money Honeys, and the Rhode Island Riveters.

Do you, by any chance, happen to be the proud owner of a small business in and/or around the Providence, Rhode Island area?  Have you ever thought about starting up such an exhilarating endeavor?  Look no further!  The resources we have listed below should help you get started along your way:

Apply for a Business License in Providence, Rhode Island:

City of Providence: Economic Development:

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce:

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