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Providence, Rhode Island
State capital city
City of Providence
Top: Downtown Providence skyline and the Providence River from the Point Street Bridge; Middle: Federal Hill, University Hall at Brown University, Roger Williams Park, and the First Baptist Church in America; Bottom: WaterFire at Waterplace Park, and the Rhode Island State House.
Top: Downtown Providence skyline and the Providence River from the Point Street Bridge; Middle: Federal Hill, University Hall at Brown University, Roger Williams Park, and the First Baptist Church in America; Bottom: WaterFire at Waterplace Park, and the Rhode Island State House.
Flag of Providence, Rhode Island
Flag
Official seal of Providence, Rhode Island
Seal
Nickname(s): 
The Creative Capital, the Renaissance City, the Divine City, PVD, Prov
Motto(s): 
"What Cheer?"[a]
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Location in Providence County and the state of Rhode Island.
Providence is located in Rhode Island
Providence
Providence
Location within Rhode Island
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Providence is located in the United States
Providence
Providence
Location within the United States
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Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°25′20″W / 41.82361°N 71.42222°W / 41.82361; -71.42222Coordinates: 41°49′25″N 71°25′20″W / 41.82361°N 71.42222°W / 41.82361; -71.42222
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Providence
Region  New England
Settled 1636
Incorporated (town) June 1636
Incorporated (city) November 5, 1832
Founded by Roger Williams
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor Jorge Elorza (D)
 • Body Providence City Council
Area
 • State capital city 53 km2 (20.6 sq mi)
 • Land 48 km2 (18.4 sq mi)
 • Water 6 km2 (2.2 sq mi)
Elevation
23 m (75 ft)
Population
 (2010)
 • State capital city 178,042
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
179,335
 • Rank US: 134th
 • Density 3,736.0/km2 (9,676.2/sq mi)
 • Urban
1,190,956 (US: 39th)
 • Metro
1,604,291 (US: 38th)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern Time Zone)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
02901–02912, 02918, 02919, 02940
Area code 401
FIPS code 44-59000[4]
GNIS feature ID 1219851[5]
Website www.providenceri.com