Municipalities of Northeast RI

The Northeast Region is small in size, but rich in history and landscape.

It is bordered by Massachusetts to the north and east. It is home to both the Blackstone Valley National Historical Park and the Slater Mill National Historic Landmark—the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution in 1793. From north to south, it features the rich geologic history of Cumberland’s unique minerals through Lincoln and its many mill villages and Lincoln Woods to North Providence, Central Falls and Pawtucket on its more urban southern border. The once-abandoned Pawtucket-Central Falls Railroad Station is currently under development again as a future MBTA stop.

Housing Needs of Northeast RI

The Northeast Region is one of the few regions that has a near equal balance of owner-occupied and renter households.  Despite this relative balance, the projected housing need from the 2016 Projecting Future Housing Needs Report is exclusively for more multifamily housing. Fifty percent of the renters in the region are considered cost burdened, or pay more than 30 percent of their income toward housing costs. Forty-five percent of the region’s households, or 34,595, fall below 80 percent of area median income. Similar to most of the other regions, the significant majority of household growth is projected to be households aged 65 and older.

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Region's Housing and Range of Costs & Types

  • Total Households 69,131
  • Projected Need of Additional Housing by 2025  4,308 - 4,642 (100% multifamily)
  • Median Single Family Home Price $264,000 - $430,000
    • % Owners 24% - 77%
  • Average 2-Bedroom Rent $1,443 - $2,113
    • % Renters 23% - 76%

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  • Express Lines - 3
  • Local Bus - 11
  • Key Corridor - 4
  • Park-n-Rides - 1 (serving Lincoln, North Smithfield)
  • Rapid Line - 1 (serving Pawtucket)

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The Northeast RI Region has a total of 58,016 Total Private & Government Jobs, with a private sector wage range of $34,040 - $54,134. Its Top Industry Jobs are:

  • Healthcare - 7,052
  • Manufacturing - 3,788
  • Finance & Insurance - 3,047
  • Construction - 2,286
  • Administrative & Waste Services - 2,264

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  • College - CCRI, Flanagan Campus (Lincoln)
  • Public High Schools - Central Falls, Cumberland, Davies Career & Technical (Lincoln), North Providence, Shea, William E. Tolman (Pawtucket)
  • Public Charter High School - Blackstone Academy Charter School (Pawtucket)
  • Private Schools - Bishop Keough Regional HS, St. Raphael Academy HS (both in Pawtucket)

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  • Hospital - Our Lady of Fatima
  • Urgent Care Centers - 5

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