Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and its most populous city with 175,255 residents. The climate is humid continental with hot summers, cold winters and high humidity year round
As Providence was one of the first industrial cities in the U.S., manufacturing of metals, textiles, etc. were big to the economy. Today, major manufacturing has declined, but Providence is still one of the largest providers of jewelry and silverware.
Higher education is important to Providence, as Ivy League university Brown, is located in the city. Other well-known institutions include Johnson & Wales, Providence College, Community College of Rhode Island, and University of Rhode Island, to name a few.
Providence is served by T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, as well as regional North Central State Airport and Quonset State Airport. Amtrak also provides transportation, particularly for commuters to downtown and the State House.
With a 1,200 acre park system, many museums, the First Baptist Church in America, as well as a zoo and botanical center, Providence provides a wealth of activities.