10 Largest Cities in Rhode Island

The largest city in Rhode Island is Providence, with a population of 180,609. Quonochontaug is the fastest growing city in Rhode Islandover the past 10 years, having grown 60.66% since 2010.

Rank Name 2021 Pop. 2010 Census Change Density (mi²) Area (mi²)
1Providence180,609178,0291.45%9,81318.41
2Cranston81,69880,7571.17%2,88228.34
3Warwick81,08082,643-1.89%2,31735
4Pawtucket72,40571,2671.60%8,3548.67
5East Providence47,76047,1411.31%3,59413.29
6Woonsocket41,89941,2581.55%5,4097.75
7Newport23,84424,935-4.38%3,1127.66
8Central Falls19,84419,4342.11%16,6061.20
9Westerly17,55317,936-2.14%1,10915.83
10Newport East11,92511,7691.33%2,0745.75
11Valley Falls11,88211,5472.90%3,3623.53
12Wakefield-Peacedale9,5048,48711.98%1,9464.88
13Greenville8,6958,6580.43%1,7055.10
14Cumberland Hill8,2497,9343.97%2,5933.18
15Tiverton7,8047,5573.27%1,8674.18
16Kingston6,5136,974-6.61%4,1861.56
17Pascoag4,5944,5770.37%9155.02
18Narragansett Pier3,5943,4095.43%1,0083.57
19Hope Valley1,8231,61213.09%5493.32
20Chepachet1,5301,675-8.66%2805.47
21Harrisville1,4601,605-9.03%1,7980.81
22Charlestown1,3125802.26
23Bradford1,3031,406-7.33%7171.82
24Melville1,2761,320-3.33%6092.10
25Harmony1,20798522.54%4102.94
26Ashaway1,1951,485-19.53%5032.38
27Greene98788811.15%1626.07
28Carolina803970-17.22%3262.46
29Hopkinton6912093.31
30Quonochontaug53533360.66%3981.34
31Weekapaug417425-1.88%3591.16
32Misquamicut3983902.05%3391.17
33Wyoming34027025.93%3940.86
34Foster Center289355-18.59%1332.17
35Clayville284300-5.33%1651.72
36Watch Hill141154-8.44%1760.80

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

Rhode Island Cities by First Letter

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

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