The Fast Lane
Rhode Island ranks #1 in the nation in internet speed, as the average connection has increased to a blistering 19,607 kpbs. Here are some other important indicators:
- Rhode Island is No. 2 in the U.S. for broadband infrastructure
- Wireless broadband is available to 100% of residents
- Cable Internet is available to 97% of residents
- DSL is available to 90% of residents
- Fiber service is available to 63% of residents
- Fortune 1000 companies: $435 billion in annual sales and one million jobs within 70 miles of Providence
It's easy to make your way around the Ocean State. T.F. Green Airport is ranked among the best medium-size hub airports in the country. A $165 million expansion and modernization of the airport allowing for nonstop coast-to-coast service is done. Four new discount air carriers have begun service to Providence, including Norwegian (international), Allegiant, OneJet and Frontier.
The InterLink directly connects the airport with multi-modal forms of transportation. High speed rail service is provided along the densely populated Northeast Corridor by Amtrak. The MBTA provides commuter rail service between Boston and Providence. Public bus service is provided by the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Bike paths and ride sharing services are additional options for local commuters. And seasonally, the Providence-Newport Ferry across Narragansett Bay makes the concept of "commuting" seem like a vacation.
Housing is relatively affordable, with varied rental and ownership options. The median selling price of a home in Providence (excluding the East Side) was $130,000, while the average monthly rent for a two bedroom apartment was $1126.
Other lifestyle attributes include: