Providence, RI 

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Health in Providence, RI

Providence, RI is a vibrant and diverse city that offers excellent healthcare opportunities for its residents. The city is home to several hospitals, including Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital, as well as numerous medical centers and outpatient clinics. These facilities offer a wide range of care options, from primary care to complex specialty services. In addition to these large medical facilities, the city also has multiple walk-in clinics and urgent care centers that allow those in need of immediate care the ability to receive it quickly and conveniently. The city also has numerous health education centers that provide resources for individuals looking to become better informed about their own health and wellness. Finally, there are many support groups in Providence dedicated to providing counseling services and connecting people with resources that can help them make healthier choices. All of these healthcare options make Providence an excellent place for residents to get access to quality healthcare.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 271 physicians per 100,000 population in Providence. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Providence area is 82.6 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

82.6 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Providence area is 53 (100=best). The US average is 55.

53 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Providence area is 79 (100=best). The US average is 87.

79 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Providence commutes 22.8 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Providence area is 58 (100=best). The US average is 58.

58 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    How is Providence RI? - 2/26/2016
    I currently live in Rockford IL and just graduated college for broadcasting. I want to move out of this depressing, negative city and was thinking about Providence,... Read More

    Providence is the most pot smoking city US I've ev - 9/15/2014
    And I've been to San Francisco and Seattle, so that's saying a lot. If you like pot, good for you, my annoyance is with all the people who smoke pot plainly in... Read More

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