10 Largest Cities in Rhode Island

The largest city in Rhode Island is Providence with a population of 178,901. Watch Hill is the fastest growing city in Rhode Island over the past 10 years, having grown since 2010.
Rank Name 2020 Pop 2010 Census Change Density (km²)
1Providence178,901178,1000.45%3,753
2Cranston80,96680,6890.34%1,103
3Warwick80,48782,627-2.59%888
4Pawtucket71,58171,2530.46%3,189
5East Providence47,31447,1420.36%1,375
6Woonsocket41,58541,2580.79%2,073
7Newport24,23824,949-2.85%1,221
8Central Falls19,02819,434-2.09%6,147
9Westerly17,43517,936-2.79%425
10Valley Falls11,82811,5472.43%1,292
11Newport East11,56111,769-1.77%776
12Wakefield-Peacedale9,0928,4877.13%719
13Greenville8,3878,658-3.13%635
14Cumberland Hill8,1427,9342.62%988
15Tiverton7,7577,5572.65%716
16Kingston6,7896,974-2.65%1,684
17Pascoag4,8244,5775.40%371
18Narragansett Pier3,7253,4099.27%403
19Hope Valley1,6331,6121.30%190
20Chepachet1,5291,675-8.72%108
21Bradford1,4321,4061.85%304
22Harrisville1,3481,605-16.01%641
23Melville1,3051,320-1.14%241
24Charlestown1,241212
25Ashaway1,1861,485-20.13%193
26Harmony1,12898514.52%148
27Greene734888-17.34%47
28Hopkinton72284
29Carolina602970-37.94%94
30Quonochontaug56033368.17%161
31Weekapaug4574257.53%152
32Foster Center41835517.75%74
33Misquamicut361390-7.44%119
34Wyoming2842705.19%127
35Clayville223300-25.67%50
36Watch Hill144154-6.49%69

Top 36 Cities in Rhode Island by Population

The smallest state by area in the U.S. surprisingly does not have the smallest population, though it comes come. It is ranked 43 among the other cities in terms of population. Providence, the capital city, is the most populous and the only city with a population exceeding 100,000. The 2017 estimate was 179,207 inhabitants. The state has seven cities with populations of at least 10,000: Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport and Central Falls. With Providence, these are the only eight cities in the state, while there are 31 towns. These are spread across five different countries.

There are no population requirements for cities and towns. A special act of the legislature is how an incorporated area can become a city or town. There are no county levels of government, so cities and towns take on their own services normally provided by a county. There are four different types of governments that may be selected by cities or towns: council-manager, mayor-council, administrator-council, and town council-town meeting.

Map of Cities in Rhode Island

  1. US Census Annual Estimates - 2020 Estimates Calculated via Linear Projection of Previous Estimates