Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, Providence offers the warmth of a preeminent college town with the boundless culture of a big city. The Creative Capital’s 180,000 residents, including more than 30,000 college students, relish the opportunities at the heart of a burgeoning center for arts, theatre, and music. Just a short trip outside Boston, Hartford, New Haven, and New York, Providence is one of the nation’s oldest and most historic municipalities.
In Providence, summer attractions are endless. Throughout the warm weather months, the city hosts WaterFire, an internationally-recognized cultural festival and environmental art installation along the rivers passing through the middle of downtown. Providence’s award-winning theatres regularly feature Broadway musicals, children’s shows, ballets, opera, and concerts.
Students and alumni of the universities located within the city bring youth and vitality to the city’s intellectual life. The world-famous Rhode Island School of Design provides many young artists with a home for study and a place to begin their careers. The world’s largest culinary educator, Johnson & Wales University, has had a tremendous impact on the city’s much-lauded restaurant scene: Providence boasts the highest number of restaurants-per-capita of any city in the country.
Recognitions of Providence’s unique offerings and spirit include:
- “America’s Favorite City” by Readers of Travel + Leisure
- “Best Small City in America” by Architectural Digest
- “Best City for Foodies and Night Owls” by Travel + Leisure
- “15 Cities for Creative 20-Somethings” by Huffington Post
- “Top 7 Cities for Pizza” by The Huffington Post
- 2014 U.S. Council of Mayors Award for City Livability