Providence County, RI

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2020 Population
636,161
0.0667% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jack Reed
Democratic Party
US Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
37.4
0% 1-year change
2020 Poverty Rate
14%
8.01% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$62,323
5.68% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$248,500
6.42% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
316,776
0.884% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Providence County, RI had a population of 636k people with a median age of 37.4 and a median household income of $62,323. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Providence County, RI grew from 635,737 to 636,161, a 0.0667% increase and its median household income grew from $58,974 to $62,323, a 5.68% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Providence County, RI are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.2%), White (Hispanic) (10.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (8%), Other (Hispanic) (7.53%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.08%).

None of the households in Providence County, RI reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.5% of the residents in Providence County, RI are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Providence County, RI are Brown University (3,269 degrees awarded in 2020), Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,097 degrees), and Rhode Island College (1,729 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Providence County, RI was $248,500, and the homeownership rate was 55.1%. Most people in Providence County, RI drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Providence County, RI was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Providence County, RI is home to a population of 636k people, from which 91.5% are citizens. As of 2020, 19.3% of Providence County, RI residents were born outside of the country (123k people).

In 2020, there were 5.56 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (383k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68.8k White (Hispanic) and 50.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Providence County, RI
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    383k ± 750
  2. White (Hispanic)
    68.8k ± 3.18k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    50.9k ± 1.47k
23.4%
Hispanic Population
149k people

In 2020, there were 5.56 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (383k people) in Providence County, RI than any other race or ethnicity. There were 68.8k White (Hispanic) and 50.9k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.4% of the people in Providence County, RI are hispanic (149k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Providence County, RI as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

19.3%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
123k people
18.7%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
119k people

As of 2020, 19.3% of Providence County, RI residents (123k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Providence County, RI was 18.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

35
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.6

In 2020, the median age of all people in Providence County, RI was 37.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Providence County, RI are getting staying the same age. In 2019, the average age of all Providence County, RI residents was 37.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    29,370 ± 4,149 people
  2. Guatemala
    14,363 ± 2,922 people
  3. Portugal
    12,959 ± 2,778 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 29,370 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 14,363 and Portugal with 12,959.

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Citizenship

91.5%
2020 Citizenship
91.6%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 91.5% of Providence County, RI residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Providence County, RI was 91.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    8,301 ± 604
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    4,179 ± 627
  3. Korea
    2,753 ± 389

Providence County, RI has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.99 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Rhode Island, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Rhode Island. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Rhode Island.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Rhode Island across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Providence County, RI is $62,323. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Providence County, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $165,897, followed by Census Tract 36.02 and Census Tract 145.01, with respective values of $145,189 and $128,750.

Males in Rhode Island have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,718. The income inequality in Rhode Island (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Providence County, RI employs 317k people. The largest industries in Providence County, RI are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,091 people), Retail Trade (38,651 people), and Manufacturing (35,533 people), and the highest paying industries are Public Administration ($68,407), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,345), and Utilities ($65,718).

Wages

Median Household Income

$62,323
2020 value
± $1,270
5.68%
1 Year Growth
± 2.56%

Households in Providence County, RI have a median annual income of $62,323, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,974 in 2019, which represents a 5.68% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$72,799
Average Male Salary in Rhode Island
± $3,599
$56,718
Average Female Salary in Rhode Island
± $2,700

In 2020, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.28 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rhode Island by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Rhode Island
  1. Asian
    $66,951 ± $13,637
  2. White
    $58,201 ± $2,296
  3. American Indian
    $49,936 ± $55,499

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Rhode Island.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Providence County, RI is from Rhode Island.
0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Rhode Island
0.453
2019 Wage GINI in Rhode Island

In 2020, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.736% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 34
  2. Census Tract 36.02
  3. Census Tract 145.01

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Providence County, RI was Census Tract 34 with a value of $165,897, followed by Census Tract 36.02 and Census Tract 145.01, with respective values of $145,189 and $128,750.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Providence County, RI colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Providence County, RI (85.5k out of 610k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    48,220 ± 1,865
  2. Hispanic
    35,144 ± 1,750
  3. Other
    12,826 ± 1,105

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Providence County, RI is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

317k
2020 Value
± 5,025
0.884%
1 Year growth
± 2.07%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 0.884%, from 314k employees to 317k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Providence County, RI, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,074 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,310 people), and Management Occupations (27,810 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (38,074 people), Sales & Related Occupations (30,310 people), and Management Occupations (27,810 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Providence County, RI has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.37 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.35 times), and Production Occupations (1.23 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Providence County, RI, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($81,747), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($73,523), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($71,198).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

317k
2020 Value
± 5,025
0.884%
1 Year growth
± 2.07%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Providence County, RI grew at a rate of 0.884%, from 314k employees to 317k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Providence County, RI, are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,091 people), Retail Trade (38,651 people), and Manufacturing (35,533 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Providence County, RI, though some of these residents may live in Providence County, RI and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Providence County, RI, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (52,091 people), Retail Trade (38,651 people), and Manufacturing (35,533 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Providence County, RI has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.55 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.18 times), and Educational Services (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Providence County, RI, by median earnings, are Public Administration ($68,407), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($66,345), and Utilities ($65,718).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $12.6B
  2. $10.2B
  3. $6.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $12.6B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($10.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($6.1B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Rhode Island products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$57.4B
2020 Value in Rhode Island
$99.7B
Projected 2050 Value in Rhode Island
73.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $57.4B. This is expected to increase 73.8% to $99.7B by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Rhode Island trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $12.4B
  2. $4.56B
  3. $2.87B

In 2020, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $12.4B, followed by Connecticut with $4.56B and New York and $2.87B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Rhode Island shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Providence County, RI went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 60.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (37.6%), followed by Other (1.03%). The most partisan county was Newport County, RI with 63.9% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing the state of Rhode Island. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Providence County, RI
60.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Rhode Island
  1. 63.9% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 63.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 60.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Rhode Island was Newport County, RI with 63.9% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Rhode Island colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Rhode Island

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Jack Reed
Senator from Rhode Island2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator from Rhode Island1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing Rhode Island.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Rhode Island

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Rhode Island have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2020, universities in Providence County, RI awarded 11,947 degrees. The student population of Providence County, RI is skewed towards women, with 15,297 male students and 22,181 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Providence County, RI are White (6,536 and 61.3%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,422 and 13.3%), Black or African American (975 and 9.15%), and Asian (718 and 6.74%).

The largest universities in Providence County, RI by number of degrees awarded are Brown University (3,269 and 27.4%), Johnson & Wales University-Providence (2,097 and 17.6%), and Rhode Island College (1,729 and 14.5%).

The most popular majors in Providence County, RI are General Business Administration & Management (666 and 5.57%), Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (437 and 3.66%), and General Finance (436 and 3.65%).

The median tuition costs in Providence County, RI are $45,966 for private four year colleges, and $8,835 and $23,310 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 417 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 393 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 366 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Providence County, RI was General Business Administration & Management with 417 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Providence County, RI according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 3,269 degrees awarded
  2. 2,097 degrees awarded
  3. 1,729 degrees awarded
$8,835
Median In-State Public
$45,966
Median Private

In 2020, the Providence County, RI institution with the largest number of graduating students was Brown University with 3,269 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

5,104
Degrees Awarded to Men
6,843
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 5,104 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Providence County, RI, which is 0.746 times less than the 6,843 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Providence County, RI by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,536 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,422 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    975 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Providence County, RI was White students. These 6,536 degrees mean that there were 4.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,422 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Providence County, RI was $248,500 in 2020, which is 1.08 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $233,500 to $248,500, a 6.42% increase. The homeownership rate in Providence County, RI is 55.1%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Providence County, RI have an average commute time of 25.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Providence County, RI is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$248,500
2020 Median
± $2,772
$233,500
2019 Median
± $1,612

In 2020, the median property value in Providence County, RI grew to to $248,500 from the previous year's value of $233,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Providence County, RI compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Providence County, RI the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,323
Median Household Income
± $1,270
241k
Number of Households
± 4,032

In 2020, the median household income of the 241k households in Providence County, RI grew to $62,323 from the previous year's value of $58,974.

The following chart displays the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Providence County, RI the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

55.1%
2020 Homeownership
54.2%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 55.1% of the housing units in Providence County, RI were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 54.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Providence County, RI compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Providence County, RI have a shorter commute time (25.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.61% of the workforce in Providence County, RI have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (78.2%)
  2. Carpooled (9.2%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.88%)

In 2020, 78.2% of workers in Providence County, RI drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.2%) and those who worked at home (4.88%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Providence County, RI distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Providence County, RI have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

94.7% of the population of Providence County, RI has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 22.4% on Medicaid, 10.7% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 0.844% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Rhode Island was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see 1021 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.04% decrease from the previous year (1053 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1651 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 202 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,021 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Providence County, RI

Primary care physicians in Providence County, RI see an average of 1,021 patients per year. This represents a 3.04% decrease from the previous year (1,053 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Providence County, RI in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Rhode Island
$4,620
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,934
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,901
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.25%
Uninsured
48.5%
Employer Coverage
22.4%
Medicaid
10.7%
Medicare
12.2%
Non-Group
0.844%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Providence County, RI declined by 2.95% from 5.41% to 5.25%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Providence County, RI changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 11% prevalence
  2. 10.6% prevalence
  3. 8.7% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 11%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island by county over multiple years.

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