These Are The 5 Most Ghetto Cities In Rhode Island

We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in RI are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Rhode Island?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Rhode Island:

  1. Central Falls (Photos)
  2. Pawtucket (Photos)
  3. East Providence (Photos)
  4. Woonsocket (Photos)
  5. Providence (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Rhode Island.


What ghetto criteria did we use for Rhode Island?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Rhode Island, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Ocean State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Rhode Island with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 8 places in Rhode Island.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.


1. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,406
Median Income: $28,842
Drug Stores: 37
Discount Stores: 38

2. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,313
Median Income: $40,578
Drug Stores: 39
Discount Stores: 40

3. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,166
Median Income: $51,077
Drug Stores: 37
Discount Stores: 46

4. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,136
Median Income: $35,216
Drug Stores: 19
Discount Stores: 15

5. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,562
Median Income: $37,514
Drug Stores: 40
Discount Stores: 47

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Rhode Island where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Rhode Island:

  1. Warwick
  2. Newport
  3. Cranston

For more Rhode Island reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Rhode Island

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Central Falls 1 19,406 $28,842 37 38
Pawtucket 2 71,313 $40,578 39 40
East Providence 3 47,166 $51,077 37 46
Woonsocket 4 41,136 $35,216 19 15
Providence 5 178,562 $37,514 40 47
Cranston 6 80,680 $58,684 60 42
Newport 7 24,599 $61,320 14 5
Warwick 8 82,065 $62,803 40 31