Providence RI is Rhode Island state's capital and largest city (population around 180,000, metro over 1,6 million). Established in 1636, the city is one of USA's oldest and also 3rd-largest in New England region - after Boston and Worcester.
Exceeding Rhode Island by nearly 60% (as it extends into southern Massachusetts) Providence RI is often considered part of Greater Boston commuting area (population over 7,6 million). The city is located at the mouth of Providence River, and at the head of Narragansett Bay.
The town was established by Roger Williams (religious exile from Massachusetts Bay Colony) who named it in honor of "God's merciful Providence". It became one of USA's first industrialized cities, noted for its silverware and jewelry production.