City of Pawtucket
Updated Demographic and Economic Characteristics
* Annual information for 2000-2010 is available by downloading this Excel file
137 Roosevelt Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., summer: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Form of government: Mayor and a nine-member council headed by a council president.
- Council meetings: The first and third Wednesday after the first Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Fiscal year begins: July 1
A summary profile of Census 2000 characteristics is available from the RI Office of Statewide Planning at: http://www.planning.ri.gov/census/citytown.htm
Hyperlinks provided by the Office of Municipal Affairs, Rhode Island Department of Administration.
- City of Pawtucket Home Page
- Pawtucket Public Library
- Pawtucket municipal departments and officials
- Pawtucket state senator and representative
- Blackstone Valley Tourism
- Blackstone Valley RIARC
- The Pawtucket Times
- Area points of interest and attractions: please visit the state tourism website
Pawtucket is a city of 72,644 persons founded in 1671 at the falls of the Blackstone River and the upper tidewaters of Narragansett Bay. It is a city with a special place in the industrial history of the United States. For it was here at the Slater Mill historic site that Samuel Slater successfully constructed and operated machines for spinning cotton yarn in 1793. Besides textiles, a variety of machines and iron working shops grew up alongside the textile industry. The industrial development of Pawtucket continued to expand into the next century making it a highly developed and important manufacturing center. Although the textile industry is no longer dominant, a number of specialty textile operations still remain in Pawtucket, making products such as lace, non-woven and elastic woven materials. Pawtucket now has 300 diversified industries with the three largest being jewelry and silverware, metals, and textiles. The past decades have seen concerted efforts to diversity the economy of the state, and Pawtucket has participated in that undertaking. In the case of Pawtucket, major political reforms preceded extensive physical changes to the city. A home rule charter went into effect in 1954 providing a strong mayoral and unicameral city council form of government, a clear organizational format, with professional officials and staff. Since 1956 the city has been a leader in community development programs, modernized and upgraded facilities and services, it has maintained consistent budgeting and fiscal methods, and instituted modern planning, programming and management techniques.
The city of Pawtucket today includes major residential areas with 30,000 housing units, an employment center with 300 industries and 1,000 commercial and service establishments and convenient links to the other major metropolitan areas by Interstate 95. City development policies during the last 20 years have been targeted to 1) improve the quality of residential neighborhoods and the housing stock, through rehabilitation programs, 2) expand the employment opportunities through stabilizing manufacturing centers and the creation of new industrial opportunities, and 3) assistance to the commercial sector with rehabilitation loans and location incentive loans.