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Friday, May 25, 2018

Cranston Overtakes Warwick as Rhode Island’s Second-Largest City

Cranston Overtakes Warwick as Rhode Island’s Second-Largest City

Mayor of Cranston Allan Fung is running for RI's governor.
(photo by Chutze Chou)
CRANSTON, RI—The City of Cranston has received national accolades in recent years as one of the top cities to live in America. This week, the city has reached a new milestone by officially surpassing Warwick as Rhode Island’s second-largest city, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census’ population estimate for Cranston, according to Census data as of July 1, 2017, is now 81,202. That’s 815 more people residing in Cranston since 2010. Warwick’s current tally is 80,381. In fact, the new numbers released this week show Cranston passed Warwick in 2016, according to a revision of last year’s estimates

“I’m so proud that Cranston’s population continues to grow because it’s a great place to live, work and play,” said Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung. “Along with strong economic development across the entire city, people are flocking to Cranston for our great schools, great restaurants, best-in-state shopping, robust parks and recreation offerings, nationally-accredited police department, nationally-recognized library system, convenient location and more.”

Mayor Fung and his administrative team have been anticipating this milestone for several years after Census data showed the city’s population trending upward after the 2010 Census. The growth has been fueled by a combination of new residential construction, conversion and enhancement of existing properties, migration of residents from other cities and towns into Cranston and turnover of younger families moving into older neighborhoods. And as Cranston’s population has grown, it has become more diverse, enhancing the city’s vibrancy.

“I see Cranston’s continued growth as a sign of our success,” Mayor Fung said. “People want to start a business or live in a city where they can count on stable tax rates, good public services and a good government that spends their tax dollars wisely.”

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