Rhode Island Cities by Population (2024)

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City
Rank
2024 Population
2020 Census
Annual Change
Density (mi²)
Area (mi²)
Type
Providence1190,807190,7450.01%10,36718.41City
Warwick283,04782,8550.06%2,37335City
Cranston382,57282,823-0.08%2,91328.34City
Pawtucket475,26775,482-0.07%8,6848.67City
East Providence546,85047,050-0.11%3,52713.28City
Woonsocket643,12743,159-0.02%5,5687.75City
Newport724,58525,113-0.53%3,2117.66City
Central Falls822,54122,547-0.01%18,8791.19City
Westerly918,33417,8420.17%1,15815.83CDP
Valley Falls1012,08811,5480.07%3,4073.55CDP
Newport East1111,99911,2891.51%2,0865.75CDP
Wakefield-Peace Dale129,8449,772-0.62%1,9974.93CDP
Cumberland Hill138,7488,515-0.67%2,7503.18CDP
Greenville148,4409,114-1.95%1,5195.56CDP
Tiverton158,2067,9960.65%1,9644.18CDP
Kingston166,6886,4070.97%4,2951.56CDP
Pascoag174,6394,9111.22%9155.07CDP
Hope Valley182,5301,8886.8%7623.32CDP
Narragansett Pier192,1233,487-13.84%5953.57CDP
Charlestown202,0121,3928.35%8892.26CDP
Melville211,9591,8771.08%9342.10CDP
Ashaway221,8801,4446.16%7922.37CDP
Chepachet231,8371,6732.28%3345.51CDP
Harrisville241,6271,2843.56%2,0040.81CDP
Carolina251,44888210.87%5882.46CDP
Harmony261,3401,195-3.67%4552.94CDP
Greene271,1241,0162.46%1856.07CDP
Bradford281,1131,265-3.3%6131.82CDP
Weekapaug296083877.61%5231.16CDP
Quonochontaug304824223.21%3591.34CDP
Wyoming3140323311.94%4680.86CDP
Foster Center323952917.05%1822.17CDP
Watch Hill3338519610.63%4800.80CDP
Misquamicut343803780.26%3241.17CDP
Hopkinton35230612-29.23%703.30CDP
Clayville368881-7.37%511.72CDP
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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.

Rhode Island Cities by Population (2024)

What is the biggest city in Rhode Island?

Providence is the biggest city in Rhode Island, with a population of 190,807 in 2024.

What is the fastest growing city in Rhode Island?

Charlestown is the fastest growing city in Rhode Island over the past 4 years, having grown 8.35% annually since 2020.

How many cities are in Rhode Island?

There are 36 cities in Rhode Island.

What are the 10 largest cities in Rhode Island?

The 10 largest cities in Rhode Island are: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, Central Falls, Westerly and Valley Falls.

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