The City of Providence is located in Rhode Island and is also its capital. The earliest mention was in 1636, when it was first named by Roger Williams, a reformed baptist theologian. His naming is inspired by “God’s merciful Providence,” which he closely relates to Providence being a haven he bestowed upon him and his followers.
The city was once called the “Beehive of Industry,” but it’s currently nicknamed the “Creative Capital.”
- There is a Gum Totem in Providence. It is a 3500-pound artificial obelisk constructed using 1000 reclaimed guns.
- Providence is home to eight hospitals and eight institutions of higher learning.
- Providence is one of the cities in the world known to have been built on seven hills. Other cities are Rome in Italy and Kigali in Rwanda.
- According to the 2019 census, Providence is one of New England’s most densely populated cities.
- Providence was initially a manufacturing city. However, over time, it grew into a service town. The main activities are currently transportation, trade, health, and educational services.
- Roger William Park is named after the town’s founder Roger Williams. It has a variety of events, including hiking, biking, and seeing over 100 species of wild animals.
- Poet Sarah Helen Whitman lived in Providence. She was the most notable love interest of Edgar Allen Poe.
- The city has the most coffee and donut shops per capita, with over 25 shops per 100,000 people.
- Providence also has the world’s largest artificial bug. Nibbles Woodaway, also known as the Big Blue Bug, is found on 1-95.
- Mayor Buddy Cianci first said this city’s unofficial maxim, “Be careful—the foot you step on today could be attached to the a** you need to kiss tomorrow.”