Founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, Providence is the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island, the third largest city in New England. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, the city sits at the head of Narragansett Bay. Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became known for jewelry and silverware industries. Today, the city of Providence is called the 'Creative Capital' to emphasize its educational resources and cultural community. Home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, the city is geographically compact and densely populated with sevearl ethnic neighborhoods including, most notably, Federal Hill and the North End (Italian), Fox Point (Portuguese), West End (Central American and Asian), and Smith Hill (Irish and other). Providence hosts Waterfire, an elemental art installation with 100 firepots along the rivers that converge downtown. Nighttime Waterfire events are accompanied by classical and world music broadcast outdoors along with river front, entertainment, and vendors to create a street festival atmosphere. Train and commuter rail service is available at the Providence Station including a connection with T.F. Green Airport located in nearby Warwick. RIPTA provides public transportation. (Source material: wikipedia)
Seekonk is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States, on the Massachusetts border to Rhode Island. Incorporated in 1812 from the western half of Rehoboth, until 1862 the town of Seekonk also included what is now the City of East Providence, Rhode Island. The first inhabitants of Seekonk were Native Americans from the Wampanoag Tribe -- People of the Morning Light. The area now known as Seekonk and Rehoboth provided agricultural and water resources with abundant food supplies. Farm land in Seekonk has been developed over time into residential neighborhoods and the town is considered a suburban community. Seekonk has many retail and commerical areas located throughout the town accessed by I-195, Route 6, Route 152, and Route 114A and Route 44. Town government is open town meeting led by a board of selectmen and five schools serve the population. Seekonk is part of the Fourth Bristol District.
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East Providence is the fifth largest city in Rhode Island consisting of three distinct 'villages' including East Providence Center, Riverside and Rumford. Incorporated as a town in 1862, East Providence was originally part of Rehoboth. Around 1900 through the Depression of the 1930s, large numbers of Portuguese immigrants settled were drawn to the area for job opportunities. East Providence today offered a mix of residential, commercial and light industrial zones. The city is governed by a five-member City Council with one member elected as mayor. A city manager oversees daily operation. There are 13 public schools serving East Providence, along with four private schools. RIPTA provides public transportation. (Source material: wikipedia)
The fourth largest city in the state of Rhode Island. Originally part of Rehoboth, Pawtucket was incorporated as a town in 1671. Early settlers took advantage of the Blackstone River and Pawtucket Falls to establish sawmills and forges. During the Industrial Revolution, Pawucket was home to the first fully mechanized cotton spinning mill in America turning the city into a prosperous center for textiles, iron working and other industry. The city retains an industrial base including the headquarters for Hasbro and has a strong cultural and arts community. There are four high schools in Pawtucket,three middle schools and ten elementary schools. Several Catholic schools serve the community as well. Pawtucket's government is a city counsel and mayor. RIPTA provides public transportation. (Source material: wikipedia)
Established in 1643, Rehoboth originally included what are now 12 other towns or cities including parts of nearby Rhode Island. Primarily a rural town, Rehoboth is a designated 'Right to Farm' community. Agri-businesses include vegetables, fruit, plants, flowers, Christmas trees, dairy goods, eggs, meat (beef, turkey, chicken, pork), farm livestock, zoo and domestic animals along with many equestrian and riding facilities. While small retail and service businesses operate in Rehoboth, the town has no major commericial retail area. The town is geographically large at 46.8 square miles bordering Seekonk, Dighton, Swansea and Attleboro. Rehoboth has several conservation areas with hiking trails. Town government is open town meeting led by a board of selectmen. Education is provided through a semi-regionalized school district with elementary and secondary schools in Rehoboth and a shared high school with Dighton. Rehoboth is part of the Fourth Bristol District. (Source material: wikipedia)
Dighton is located on the western shore of the Taunton River in the southeastern part of the state. Dighton was originally part of Taunton's South Purchase and other surrounding towns. It was separated in 1672, officially incorporated in 1712. Once a shipbuilding community and port of call, Dighton served southeastern Massachusetts as a shipping hub for cotton mills, manufacturers, and agri-business. The town is crossed by the Segreganset River and is bordered by Rehoboth, Swansea, Somerset, Berkley and Taunton. DIghton was one of the first towns in Massachusetts where citizens were read the Declaration of Independence on July 13, 1776. Open town meeting is the form of government led by a board of selectmen. The town has two schools (elementary and middle) and shares a regional high school with Rehoboth. The town is part of the Fifth Bristol Distict. (Source material: wikipedia)
The Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island real estate markets consist of metropolitan areas with distinct neighborhoods surrounded by smaller cities and towns, each with its own unique characteristics. While location is of primary importance to many buyers, others focus first on price range of available properties. We know these communities and can answer your questions. Here are overviews plus website links that offer more info in detail.
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EAST PROVIDENCE, RI
Located in Bristol County, the City of Attleboro is conveniently located equal distance to Fall River, MA and Providence, RI. It is 39 miles south of Boston. Once known as the 'Jewelry Capital of the World' Attleboro was the longtime home of the L.G. Balfour Company and many jewelry companies continue to operate there. Attleboro has a revitalized downtown with business, residential and recreational areas. There is an MBTA rail station and public bus transportation is provided by the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA). Attleboro is home to four museums, community theatre, two YMCA locations, Capron Park Zoo, and La Salette Shrine. The city offers international cuisine with many popular restaurants. Public education is provided by five elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school along with a co-ed Catholic high school. Both Bridgewater State University and Bristol Community College offer classes at satellite campuses in Attleboro. Located in the Fourth Bristol District, the city has a mayor and is governed by a city council.
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Founded in 1637 by members of the Plymouth Colony, Taunton is one of the oldest towns in the United States. Taunton was home to the country's first iron works and has a rich industrial history. Known as the 'Silver City' for its many silversmithing operations, Taunton was also home to textile mills, machine works, and shipbuilding. Today, many diverse corporations are headquartered in Taunton serving the electronics, semiconductor and bio-tech industries. The city is the central highway hub of southeastern Massachusetts. There are nine public elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. There are four Catholic schools including Coyle Cassidy High School. Since 1914, Taunton has been home to a large illuminated holiday display each December on the Taunton Green, located in the center of downtown. There are two state parks in Taunton. Located in the Fifth Bristol District, city government includes a mayor and city council. Taunton is home to the Old Colony Historical Society. (Source material: wikipedia)
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