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Safe, Affordable Neighborhoods in Providence

Moving to Providence? This Rhode Island city has everything you could want in Northeastern living! With affordable housing, beautiful architecture, and plenty of things to do, Providence is a great option for anyone looking to move to New England. Check out these five safe, affordable neighborhoods in Providence!

  • Downtown
  • Elmhurst
  • Elmwood
  • Mount Hope
  • Mount Pleasant

Downtown

  • Home Price: $211,400 median purchase price; $1,220 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 58% of Providence neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals

As the heart of the city, Downtown Providence is full of fun things to see and do! Most of the housing options are apartment-style homes and condos that are perfect for singles and young professionals. Plus, there are several Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries located downtown, so it’s a convenient place to live if you want to be close to work! This busy Providence neighborhood is also a highly walkable area, but you can easily access the rest of the city with I-95 and Main St close by.

Things to Do in Downtown

Catch touring Broadway shows like Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen at Providence Performing Arts Center. Cheer on the Providence Bruins (AHL) or snag tickets to a show featuring popular artists like Michael Buble or Panic! At The Disco at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Stroll through the green space, try local food trucks serving everything from burgers to tacos, and catch summer concerts in Burnside Park. Break out your skates and bundle up for a night of ice skating at The Providence Rink. Savor authentic Greek food like a Classic Lamb Gyro, Mediterranean Flatbread, or Greek Bolognese at Yoleni’s. Enjoy some Local Oysters, Lumaconi Pasta, or a Rooftop Burger while sitting fireside at Rooftop at the Providence G. Drink original brews like a Kolsch German Ale, Bus Is Swerving Double IPA, or Tommy’s Red Amber Ale at Trinity Brewhouse. Or let out your competitive side with free arcade games and creative cocktails like the Mario Kart at Free Play Bar Arcade.

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Elmhurst

  • Home Price: $190,236 median purchase price; $729 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 71% of Providence neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Home of Providence College, Elmhurst is one of the safest—yet still liveliest—neighborhoods in Providence! With Elmhurst being just ten minutes from the downtown area, it’s a great neighborhood for off-campus college students and recent graduates to live. Households of all sizes can find housing options that range from small Craftsman bungalows to Colonial-style houses. Families will also appreciate being close to schools like St. Pius V Catholic School and La Salle Academy.

Things to Do in Elmhurst

Root for the Providence College Friars at sporting events like soccer and lacrosse at Anderson Stadium or track and field at Ray Treacy Track. Take the kids to the playground or see a summer movie or concert at Fargnoli Park. Try one of the weekly specials like the Chicken Parm, Steak Sandwich, or Willow Tree Chicken Salad from family-run Papa Paulie’s Grill. Order some of the best pizza in Providence like the Eggplant Pizza, classic Pepperoni Pizza, or Broccoli Cheese Pizza from Tommy’s Pizza. Chow down on some burgers like Uncle Sam, The Casanova, and The Brooklyn Burger at burger-and-beer joint The Abbey. Or finish the night with one of 13 drafts or 50 bottled beers and a game of darts at The Elmhurst Pub.

Elmwood

Colorful Victorian home in Elmwood Historic District of Providence, RI. Photo by Instagram user @janeedriver.

Photo via @janeedriver

  • Home Price: $99,289 median purchase price; $812 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 46% of Providence neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Right off I-95, historic Elmwood offers easy access to the rest of the city but is far enough from Downtown Providence to give the neighborhood a truly unique suburban feel. Most notably, the stunning North Elmwood Historic District is full of vibrant Victorian, Tudor, and Queen Anne-style houses, so if you’re looking for an old home to settle down in, this may be the spot for you! Nestled in South Providence, this largely residential neighborhood also has tons of green space and things to do nearby at Roger Williams Park.

Things to Do in Elmwood

See animals from all over the world like elephants, anteaters, or gibbons at Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village. Watch projections of stars and constellations in the dome theater at Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. Check out the largest indoor garden in New England at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Test your aim and go for glory at Providence Indoor Paintball. Taste some authentic Asian dishes like Natang, Green Curry Soup, and Peking Ravioli from Apsara Asian Restaurant. Fill up on sushi rolls like the Spicy Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, or one of the Latin Fusion rolls at El Ninja. Grab a slice of Veggie Pizza, a Buffalo chicken sub, or Spicy Garlic Parmesan Wings at 401 Pizza. Or put on your dancing shoes and spend a night on the town with live DJs and drinks at Levels Lounge.

Mount Hope

Victorian home in Mount Hope neighborhood of Providence. Photo by Instagram user @seaofsteps.

Photo via @seaofsteps

  • Home Price: $186,590 median purchase price; $829 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 63% of Providence neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

If you’re looking for a safe neighborhood in Providence without breaking the bank, look no further than Mount Hope! Just nine minutes north of the downtown area, this residential neighborhood has affordable housing options ranging from contemporary condos to large Tudor and Craftsman-style homes. Mount Hope is also home to great schools like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Hope High School that parents can feel confident sending their kids to. In addition, Mount Hope is home to a tight-knit community and is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Providence!

Things to Do in Mount Hope

Play frisbee, grind down some rails, or let the kids splash in the water park at Billy Taylor Park. Try your hand at growing your own fruits and vegetables at Mount Hope Community Garden. Enjoy a concert, take your little ones to the playground, or participate in a fun community activity at Brown Street Park. Get an extreme, full-body workout at Full Range CrossFit. Get in a game of pool and dig into mouth-watering bar food like the Pulled Pork Nachos, Regina’s Meatballs, or a Snooker Dog at Snookers. Sample a variety of made-from-scratch bagels and spreads, a deli sandwich like The Atlantic, or an egg sandwich like The McCourty at Providence Bagel. Or devour a BBQ Chicken Pizza or Classic Roni Pizza at Francesco’s Pizzeria.

Mount Pleasant

  • Home Price: $158,945 median purchase price; $819 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 54% of Providence neighborhoods
  • Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Tucked in the northwest corner of the city is one of the most affordable neighborhoods in Providence, Mount Pleasant! Home to Rhode Island College, this highly walkable neighborhood is close to several grocery stores, savory Latin restaurants, and delicious bakeries. Plus, you can settle down in a budget-friendly apartment, Colonial home, or Cape Cod house near highly rated schools like George J. West Elementary School and Mount Pleasant High School. On top of that, this Providence neighborhood offers plenty of bus stops on Mt Pleasant Ave and Chalkstone Ave, making it easy to commute to and from the area.

Things to Do in Mount Pleasant

Get in a round of golf at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, which has been recognized as one of the best municipal golf courses in the U.S. See performances from the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence Ballet Theatre at Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. Visit the newly renovated Conley Stadium to support the Mount Pleasant High School Tigers under the Friday night lights. Check out a book or take part in group activities like coloring for adults or chess club at Providence Community Library. Cool off with refreshing fruit juices or a Lemon Ginger Drop bowl from Yum Juice Bar. Treat yourself to a Boiled Cream Zeppole or Monkey Bread at Sal’s Bakery. Order Spanish and Dominican-inspired dishes like the Mofongo De Camarones, Pescados Al Coco, or Mojarra Frita at El Eden Restaurant. Or grab Won Ton Soup, Yu-hsiang Broccoli, or Satay Beef from New Garden Restaurant.

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