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Providence is the capital and largest city in Rhode Island, a state of the United States of America. As of the 2000 census, it has a population of 173,618, but a July 1, 2002 Census estimate put the city's population at 175,901. It is located in Providence County and is the second largest city in New England. Sometimes, Downcity' is a term used by Rhode Islanders to refer to downtown Providence, Rhode Island. Unfortunately, the etymology of this term is lost in the mists of time.

Providence was named by Roger Williams in honor of "God's merciful Providence" in his finding this spot to settle when expelled by the Puritans from Massachusetts. The official name of the state includes the name of the city, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Providence is the home of Providence College, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Johnson and Wales University. The East Side neighborhood of Providence includes the largest contiguous area of National Historic Society-designated buildings in America. Providence also has a huge new shopping mall and several music venues including AS220, The Met Cafe, and the excellent Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel. In the center of the city lies the Providence Place Mall.

Providence has hosted the Gravity Games alternative sports tournament during several recent summers. Also during the summer months, there are multiple WaterFire events on the downtown rivers.

Providence is served by T. F. Green Airport, which is located in nearby Warwick, Rhode Island. The railroad station is served by Amtrak and MBTA commuter railroad.

Providence geography

Providence is located at 41°49'25" North, 71°25'20" West (41.823550, -71.422132).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 53.2 km² (20.5 mi²). 47.8 km² (18.5 mi²) of it is land and 5.3 km² (2.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 10.03% water.

Providence history

The area was first settled in 1636 by Roger Williams. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies.

In April 2001 Vincent Cianci, Jr, a former mayor, was indicted on federal charges of racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, witness tampering, and mail fraud.

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