Report: Prov. on list of best downtowns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A new survey is shining a positive light on Rhode Island’s capital city.

According to a study conducted by, Providence has been ranked the second best downtown in the nation. The editors measured metrics for population gains, income growth, unemployment, and the ratio of people who live and work downtown.

Providence was the only New England city to make the list. Fort Worth, Texas took the top spot.

The report calls downtown Providence, “One of the most vibrant communities on the east coast.”

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