Cranston, Rhode Island

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Cranston, once known as Pawtuxet, is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. With a population of 79,269 at the 2000 census, it is the third largest city in the state. The center of population of Rhode Island is located in Cranston [3]. Cranston is a part of the Providence metropolitan area.

Cranston was named one of the "100 Best Places to Live" in the United States by Money magazine in 2006 [4]. It is among the top 25 safest cities in the country, according to CQ Press's research.

The Town of Cranston was created in 1754 from a portion of Providence north of the Pawtuxet River. After losing much of its territory to neighboring towns and the City of Providence, Cranston itself became a city on 10 March 1910.



Cranston is located at 41°46′N 71°27′W / 41.767°N 71.45°W / 41.767; -71.45 (41.7732, -71.4533).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.9 square miles (77.5 km²), of which, 28.6 square miles (74.0 km²) of it is land and 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²) of it (4.54%) is water.

The following neighborhoods are located in Cranston:

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