10 Largest Cities in Rhode Island

The largest city in Rhode Island is Providence, with a population of 193,512. Wyoming is the fastest growing city in Rhode Island over the past 10 years, having grown 64.07% since 2010.

Rank Name 2022 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²) Area (mi²)
1Providence193,512178,0428.69%10,51418.41
2Cranston83,44480,3873.80%2,94428.34
3Warwick82,85382,6720.22%2,36735
4Pawtucket76,49671,1487.52%8,8268.67
5East Providence47,15947,0370.26%3,54813.29
6Woonsocket43,65041,1865.98%5,6357.75
7Newport25,26124,6722.39%3,2967.66
8Central Falls23,22519,37619.86%19,4351.20
9Westerly18,52117,9363.26%1,17015.83
10Newport East12,45111,7695.79%2,1665.75
11Valley Falls12,20411,5475.69%3,4533.53
12Greenville9,1418,6585.58%1,7925.10
13Cumberland Hill8,1827,9343.13%2,5723.18
14Kingston7,9956,97414.64%5,1381.56
15Tiverton7,8597,5574.00%1,8804.18
16Pascoag4,6534,5771.66%9275.02
17Narragansett Pier3,2883,409-3.55%9223.57
18Hope Valley1,9221,61219.23%5783.32
19Harrisville1,7731,60510.47%2,1830.81
20Chepachet1,7101,6752.09%3135.47
21Melville1,6671,32026.29%7962.10
22Ashaway1,5051,4851.35%6332.38
23Bradford1,4671,4064.34%8071.82
24Harmony1,0469856.19%3552.94
25Greene9208883.60%1516.07
26Carolina914970-5.77%3712.46
27Weekapaug47542511.76%4081.16
28Wyoming44327064.07%5140.86
29Misquamicut44239013.33%3771.17
30Quonochontaug44033332.13%3271.34
31Foster Center329355-7.32%1522.17
32Clayville3143004.67%1821.72
33Watch Hill22415445.45%2790.80

Top 33 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

Rhode Island Cities by First Letter

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

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