Providence is the capital and the most populous city in Rhode Island and it is one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, Rhode Island is the estimated second or third largest city in the New England region. Despite the city proper only having an estimated population of 171,909 as of 2009, it anchors the 36th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,600,856, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% due to its reaching into southern Massachusetts. Situated at the mouth of the Providence River, at the head of Narragansett Bay, the city small footprint is crisscrossed by seemingly erratic streets and contains rapidly changing demographics. Providence was founded in 1636 by Roger Williams, a religious exile from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He named the area in honor of God merciful Providence which he believed was responsible for revealing such a haven for him and his followers to settle. After being one of the first cities in the country to industrialize, Providence became noted for its jewelry and silverware industry. Today, the City of Providence is home to eight hospitals and seven institutions of higher learning, which has shifted the city economy into service industries, though it still retains significant manufacturing activity.
Once nicknamed the Beehive of Industry, Providence began rebranding itself as the Creative Capital in 2009 to emphasize its educational resources and arts community. Its previous moniker was The Renaissance City. The Providence city limits enclose a small geographic region, with a total area of 20.5 square miles of which 18.5 square miles is land and the remaining 2.1 square miles is water. Providence of Rhode Island in New England area offers some of the finest boating and yachting in the world. There are lots of things to do and see on your yacht charter vacation. For instance, you can dine on Marthas Vineyard and play in the surf of Cape Cod or tour the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Your New England yacht charter can be made the best vacation ever. You can be even provided a classic schooner, so you will be able to relive the olden days of New England seafaring. The yacht charter companies are experienced, and are leaders in arranging personalized luxury charters, on professionally crewed sail and power yachts, in the best cruising grounds around the world. A luxury yacht provides an unsurpassed opportunity to enjoy time with your family or friends in a totally pampering and very private environment, where the professional, considerate and discreet crew makes you and your guests the number one priority.
Providence climate is between humid continental climate and humid subtropical climate, with warm summers, cold winters, and high humidity year-round. The USDA rates the city at Zone 6a, which is an in-between climate. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean keeps Providence, and the rest of the state of Rhode Island, warmer than many inland locales in New England. January is the coldest month with a mean of 28.7 °F (?1.8 °C). July is the warmest month with an average of 73.3 °F (22.9 °C), with highs rising to 90 °F (32 °C) on 10 days per summer. Providence is one of many cities claimed, like Rome, to be founded on seven hills. The more prominent hills are: Constitution Hill, College Hill, and Federal Hill. The other four are: Tockwotten Hill at Fox Point, Smith Hill (where the State House is located), Christian Hill at Hoyle Square and Weybosset Hill at the lower end of Weybosset Street, which was leveled in the early 1880s. The main art museum is the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, which has the twentieth largest collection in the country. In addition to the Providence Public Library and its nine branches, the city is home to the Providence Athenaeum, the fourth oldest library in the country. Providence Station, located between the Rhode Island State House and the downtown district, is served by Amtrak and MBTA Commuter Rail services, with a commuter rail running to Boston. Approximately 2400 passengers daily pass through the station.