These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Ocean State places are the real pits.

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As most Rhode Islanders would agree, The Ocean State is a pretty awesome slice of America. It’s home to some of the most beautiful landscapes, some of the wealthiest and brightest Americans. Plus crime, in comparison to the rest of the country, is relatively low.

But, like any other state, there are some crummy areas here. Places that, if you were to move to, or consider visiting, you might want to avoid. We’re not here to argue for or against which places in Rhode Island stink. Instead, we use scientific data to decide that for us.

After analyzing all 8 cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Rhode Island:

  1. Central Falls (Photos)
  2. Woonsocket (Photos)
  3. Providence (Photos)
  4. Pawtucket (Photos)
  5. East Providence (Photos)
  6. Newport (Photos)
  7. Cranston (Photos)
  8. Warwick (Photos)

What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.

However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2018.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

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How we determined the worst places to live in Rhode Island for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.

Furthermore, only cities with at least 19,400 people were considered — leaving 8 cities.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 8 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the rankings into one ‘Worst Place To Live Score’.

Finally, we ranked every city on the ‘Worst Place To Live Score’ with the lowest score being the worst city in Rhode Island — Central Falls. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Rhode Island.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

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1. Central Falls

Central Falls, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,366
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $153,900 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.4% (3rd worst)
The city of Central Falls filed for bankruptcy in 2011. If that’s not enough to steer you away, back in 2014, the entire teaching staff at the city’s high school was fired, and in 2010, it was reported that Mayor Charles D. Moreau was acting in corruption and fraud.

Central Falls is the 8th most densely populated areas in the state In fact, it’s more packed in Central Falls than in Boston.

2. Woonsocket

Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,272
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Values: $156,100 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (6th worst)
When you’re looking at science and data, the city of Woonsocket is the 2nd worst place you can live in the state of Rhode Island. Let’s see why.

Residents who live in Woonsocket, located on the Massachusetts border, have the 5th most crimes in the state committed against them. Factor in a much-lower income level–per resident–and homes valued around $156,100, and you’ve got yourself a crummy place to live. In terms of comparing it to the rest of Rhode Island, that is.

Side note: Woonsocket is the birthplace of former NHL goalie Brian Boucher.

3. Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 178,851
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $173,800 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (2nd worst)
Providence ranks as the 3rd worst city on this list.

Providence has the 4th highest crime rate in Rhode Island, where residents have a 1 in 43.0 chance of being robbed every year. Homes are the 4th cheapest in the state ($173,800), and the uninsured rate here is far below average as well.

4. Pawtucket

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,389
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $169,000 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.6% (1st worst)
Pawtucket takes the 4th worst place spot on this list for a number of reasons — below average education, income, unemployment, and student expenditure statistics.

But what gives Pawtucket its main thrust toward the top of this shameful list is its crime index — the 4th worst in the whole state.

5. East Providence

East Providence, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,260
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $206,700 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (4th worst)
you’re looking to live in Rhode Island, East Providence might not be the best choice as it places 5th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2015.

East Providence doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, East Providence may not be your first choice for a vacation.

6. Newport

Newport, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,570
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $382,200 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (8th worst)
Newport places 6th in our ranking of the worst places to live in Rhode Island. Here, 7.1% of the adult population lack’s even a high school degree. That makes Newport have the 8th highest adult drop out rate in Rhode Island.

Income levels are also near the poverty line, and home prices are around $382,200 each — the 8th lowest in Rhode Island.

As you can imagine, there’s not a lot of demand to live here.

7. Cranston

Cranston, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,882
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Home Values: $212,200 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (5th worst)
Welcome to Cranston, which might be one of the poorest areas in Rhode Island. Residents average $61,646 a year in combined income, which is right at the poverty line. In fact, 1030.0% of Cranston residents live below the poverty level.

Homes here go for an average of $212,200 and the unemployment rate hovers near 7.8%.

8. Warwick

Warwick, Rhode Island

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,881
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $195,700 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (7th worst)
Warwick ranks as the 8th worst city in Rhode Island. Located in Kent County, Warwick has the 8th lowest income levels in the state of Rhode Island ($66,602), and some of the lowest number of doctors in the state. Crime is above average, and the unemployment rate is 7.0%.

Wrapping Up The Worst In Rhode Island

If you’re looking at areas in Rhode Island with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

And in the end, Central Falls ranks as the worst city to live in Rhode Island for 2018.

If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Rhode Island:

  1. Warwick (Pop. 81,881)
  2. Cranston (Pop. 80,882)
  3. Newport (Pop. 24,570)

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In Rhode Island

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Central Falls 1 1 19,366 10.4% $153,900
Woonsocket 2 3 41,272 7.5% $156,100
Providence 3 2 178,851 11.0% $173,800
Pawtucket 4 4 71,389 11.6% $169,000
East Providence 5 7 47,260 8.3% $206,700
Newport 6 5 24,570 5.9% $382,200
Cranston 7 5 80,882 7.8% $212,200
Warwick 8 8 81,881 7.0% $195,700

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2018

  1. Wow I live in burrillville what you have wrote is I bunch of crap… Spend the day here.. Meet the people..crime lmao the crime is 9times out of 10 from people from other coming to out town.. This is total bull…… Go to Pawtucket. prov. Central falls… You took the smallest towns in Rhode Island towns where people keep to themselves and help everyone else when they need it and you drag them through the mud….. Foster really?? Wanna know what I think I think you guys are scumbags city slickers stay the hell out of our lil towns If it offends you if it offend you we don’t need people like you to bring in city people and make our quiet town over populated with city rats…

  2. I’m from that “lousy” VILLAGE known as Pascoag. Must be nice to sit behind a desk and spew your misinformation. Here’s some info you missed about our TOWN OF BURRILLVILLE. First of all, we all know at least 70% of our neighbors never hesitating to help one another if the need ever arose. Where you came up with you statistic on jobless is beyond me. I’m assuming it came from somewhere deep in your anal bowels along with the rest of this horrible article you call “reporting”…stick to reporting you may be good at. Oh I don’t know, try little league stats….

  3. Your stats on foster are way yyyyyyyyyyy off. I am a resident and a researcher with commercial and residential properties in Providence and cranston and I can show you worse with verifiable and more credible statistics.

  4. Is this the same science used in that ridiculous Ted Well’s report? Both of these reports aren’t worth the paper they’re wrote on! Both uninformed idiots!

  5. Haha this is one of my all time new 10 worst articles ever posted. It just goes to show you that any dbag with an Ipad can make up what ever crap they want and post it on the internet. I don’t think Nick Johnson is even a real person. The only articles that he’s written are “10 worst places to live”. Well here’s a list of 10 worst places to visit with “Nick Johnson”

    10. Abandoned Paper Mills
    9. Pawtucket after 10pm
    8. His van
    7. His basement
    6. any basement really…
    5. Newport Mansion tour
    4. “Asian massage parlor”
    3. Twin River
    2. The “conjouring house”
    1. The parking garage at Providence Place.. good luck getting out

  6. Yeah, I’ve lived in Warren for 35 yrs. Disappointed in this article. Crime……seriously?! There isnt much of it. There is some petty theft etc but nothing major. There are no shootings or anything of significance, ever!. Now drugs…..they are everywhere unfortunately…Even in the rich popular towns in RI!

  7. With all the crime in providence areas how did it not fall under worst places to live. Especially as a child.

  8. we take a 45 minute drive to work everyday from Foster. It is the drive people take on a Sunday to see how beautiful the world is. We take it twice a day. We love every minute of it and listen to Brahms in the morning. There is virtually no crime in Foster. 20 years ago I moved from Providence after the 5th time our car was stolen or vandalized. toys, clothes missing from my backyard. sick of it. I looked at the 5 top school systems in RI and Foster was there. I have never regretted my decision, on the contrary. we love it here and cannot imagine living anywhere else.

  9. Who is this person? He doesn’t sound like a native Rhode Islanda to me because he listed the best places to live in Rhode Island.

  10. I live in Florida, have been here for 14 years. Every day I think of my hometown of Burrillville. I can’t tell you how much I long for the weather, friends, food, comradeship and the general warmth of friends being part of a community.

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