Cranston Community Information


The Cranston School District has 17 elementary schools, three middle schools and four high schools. The area also has nine alternative education options in or near Cranston for students in all class levels. When it comes to higher education, the area has at least a dozen colleges and universities within a 20-mile radius of Cranston, meaning that students can continue their studies at some of the country's more notable academic institutions and not be far from home.

Economy and Job Market

Cranston is one of the larger commercial and industrial areas of Rhode Island, with manufacturers of jewelry, food, combined metals and machinery being among the largest employers in the city.

Two sprawling shopping centers in the same area of Cranston give residents a wide range of dining, entertainment and retail options in addition to providing an economic boost. The Garden City Center and Chapel View combined have more than 900 stores and restaurants in the heart of a bustling business district.

Attractions and Points of Interest

Being a New England city, Cranston is steeped in history. That's beautifully apparent with the town's 16 National Historic Districts that include Pawtuxet Village, Oaklawn Village, Lippitt Hill and Furnace Hill Brook, where archaeologists have determined that, from about 1500 to 1800 B.C., the area was inhabited by Native Americans who made bowls, pipes and tools from soapstone mined from a nearby quarry. The Governor Sprague Mansion Museum, originally built in 1790, is another favorite of locals and visitors because of it architecture and historical significance.

Popular family outings include the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which has more than 1,000 animals to entertain young and old, and the Providence Children's Museum, which has a variety of interactive displays for young children.

Other nearby attractions available on land and sea include the Providence Performing Arts Center and the Edgewood Yacht Club, which was organized in 1885 and is still located in the beautiful uppermost portion of Narragansett Bay.

Parks and Recreation

If you or your children like sports and being outdoors, Cranston is the place to be because of its many courts, pools, diamonds, parks and fields spread throughout the city. There are also a number of walking and biking trails, including a cycling favorite that starts in Cranston and ends in Curran State Park about 8 miles away. The 330-acre park with two ponds is a great place for additional biking, hiking, bird watching or fishing.

There are also a couple of large state parks Slate Hill Park and Meshanticut State Park nearby that provide residents with a host of options for outdoor fun.

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