The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Providence For 2022


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Providence are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Providence, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits -- less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Providence neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Providence are the best. If you're in one of the places we're about to highlight, odds are you know you've got it made. So, if you're thinking of moving to Rhode Island and Providence is on the top of your list, check out our best neighborhoods to live in.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Providence for 2022.

So what's the best neighborhood to live in Providence for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Wayland looks to be the best Providence neighborhood to live in.

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.

Once you're done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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Best Neighborhoods In Providence

The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Providence

Population: 3,028
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $557,950 (best)
Median Income: $63,196 (Fourth best)
More on Wayland: Homes For Sale | Data

Wayland Providence, RI

Population: 9,005
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $488,462 (Second best)
Median Income: $61,154 (Sixth best)
More on College Hill: Homes For Sale | Data

College Hill Providence, RI

Population: 10,503
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $190,236 (Seventh best)
Median Income: $61,335 (Fifth best)
More on Elmhurst: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,336
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $441,850 (Third best)
Median Income: $107,880 (best)
More on Blackstone: Homes For Sale | Data

Blackstone Providence, RI

Population: 4,362
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $127,267 (17th best)
Median Income: $47,800 (Tenth best)
More on Manton: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,060
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $304,450 (Fifth best)
Median Income: $78,360 (Second best)
More on Hope: Homes For Sale | Data

Hope Providence, RI

Population: 9,950
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $158,945 (Tenth best)
Median Income: $67,089 (Third best)
More on Mount Pleasant: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 3,418
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $333,760 (Fourth best)
Median Income: $53,011 (Eighth best)
More on Fox Point: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 6,083
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $186,590 (Eighth best)
Median Income: $52,539 (Ninth best)
More on Mount Hope: Homes For Sale | Data

Population: 12,204
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $128,000 (16th best)
Median Income: $36,383 (16th best)
More on Wanskuck: Homes For Sale | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Providence, RI Neighborhoods In 2022

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Providence, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

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

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

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Providence." We're lookin' at you, Wayland.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Providence, Rhode Island has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

Summary: Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Providence

If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Providence where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Providence aren't all good. Lower South Providence takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Providence.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Best Neighborhoods To Live In Providence For 2022 Detailed Data

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 Wayland 3,028 $557,950 $63,196
2 College Hill 9,005 $488,462 $61,154
3 Elmhurst 10,503 $190,236 $61,335
4 Blackstone 6,336 $441,850 $107,880
5 Manton 4,362 $127,267 $47,800
6 Hope 3,060 $304,450 $78,360
7 Mount Pleasant 9,950 $158,945 $67,089
8 Fox Point 3,418 $333,760 $53,011
9 Mount Hope 6,083 $186,590 $52,539
10 Wanskuck 12,204 $128,000 $36,383
11 Valley 5,683 $152,980 $42,739
12 Federal Hill 6,992 $167,486 $35,116
13 Downtown 4,196 $211,400 $41,620
14 Reservoir 2,944 $145,167 $57,307
15 Silverlake 11,863 $124,646 $34,790
16 Charles 6,312 $130,200 $38,446
17 South Elmwood 2,308 $155,550 $47,276
18 West End 17,375 $100,407 $33,856
19 Washington Park 7,430 $129,414 $37,408
20 Elmwood 10,557 $99,289 $31,619
21 Hartford 6,442 $111,962 $34,186
22 Smith Hill 5,372 $118,683 $32,772
23 Olneyville 7,046 $97,227 $23,139
24 Lower South Providence 6,027 $116,600 $29,100

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Providence.

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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