Providence not a ‘smartest city’

PROVIDENCE, ranked by the educational attainment levels of its residents, is not one of the smartest U.S. cities.
Posted 11/25/11

BOSTON – Providence, ranked by the educational attainment levels of its residents, is not one of the smartest U.S. cities.

The Creative Capital ranked at No. 155 out of 269 U.S. metro areas with populations of more than 100,000 residents on the “On Numbers” survey published by The Business Journals.

According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau’s five-year American Community Survey, 26.9 percent of Providence population dropped out before high school graduation. By contrast, 12.5 percent had earned a graduate or professional degree.

In between the two extremes: 25 percent stopped at a high school diploma; 19 percent stopped their education with an associate’s degree or stopped before attaining a bachelor’s; and 16.5 percent stopped at a bachelor’s degree.

On Numbers also looked at smaller populated areas. The ‘smartest’ small area was Chevy Chase Village, Md., where more than two-thirds of the 2,000 residents had graduate degrees.

In Rhode Island areas - of 1,000 to 9,999 residents – Kingston earned the highest brainpower rank of No. 375 of 10,450 small communities.

Others on the ranking included: Narragansett Pier, 583; Wakefield-Peacedale, 704; Melville, 1,216; Greenville, 1,254; Hope Valley, 1,873; Cumberland Hill, 2,135; Ashaway, 2,967; Harrisville, 3,406; and Tiverton, 3,955.

PBN Hosted

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
    Latest News