Exploring the 401: Welcome to Providence, RI

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You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Providence, RI!

Hang on a sec…Isn’t Rhode Island the smallest state in the country? Is there even anything there? I don’t know anything about that area, and now I’m moving my family there?

Here at PCSMoves.com, we're doing an ongoing series of entries about potential new duty stations and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com. Click here to read our last post about Tampa, FL.

There are 3 military bases in Rhode Island: Naval Station Newport and 2 Coast Guard bases: Station Castle Hill in Newport and Station Point Judith in Narragansett. Naval Station Newport is home to the Naval War College and the Naval Justice School, as well as Marine Corps Detachment Newport.

Providence was one of the first cities in the country to industrialize and became noted for its textile manufacturing and subsequent machine tool, jewelry, and silverware industries. Today, the city is home to 8 hospitals and 7 institutions of higher learning, which have shifted the city's economy into service industries, though it still retains some manufacturing activity.

As of 2016, Providence’s population was estimated to be 179,219.

If you’re moving there without a place to live, the Navy Lodge in Newport is about 33.5 miles southeast of Providence. Staying at the lodge for a week or two can take off some of the pressure you might be feeling while looking for a place to live.

PCSLodging.com reported, “Military lodging is not available at the Coast Guard's Providence, RI facility, however, temporary lodging is available at several hotels/motels in the local community.”

If the family pet with you for this move, check with the Navy Lodge before you arrive to find out if they have any of their pet-friendly rooms available. If they aren’t, the staff may be able to give you some kennel information. If pets are allowed, be sure to ask if there will be pet fees due at check-in.

If the Navy Lodge is full, there are a couple of other options. There is also a Navy Gateway Inn available at NS Newport, which may have space available if the Lodge is full. Their phone number is 401-841-7900. The Newport Chalet also offers temporary accommodations at NS Newport and can be reached 24 hours a day, at 401-841-7900.

Should you decide to buy or rent a home, “The median home value in Providence is $185,700. Providence home values have gone up 11.8% over the past year and Zillow predicts they will rise 4.4% within the next year…The median price of homes currently listed in Providence is $199,900 while the median price of homes that sold is $194,016. The median rent price in Providence is $1,900, which is higher than the Providence Metromedian of $1,800,” according to Zillow.

The 2018 Base Housing Allowance (BAH) rates are listed online if you need a refresher.

NS Newport on post housing is privately owned and operated by Balfour Beatty Communities. Call the Newport housing office to learn more about types of homes and availability, at 401-841-3576.

If you’ve made a PCS move with the military packing you out, a bonus is not worrying about storing your personal belongings while you’re looking for a place to live. Your household belongings may take longer to get to you, but they can be stored for you if they arrive while you're still looking for housing.

If you’ve made this as a personal move, chances are you didn’t bring everything with you that you owned in your previous home. If you need to pick up a few items for your new home, Yelp has a list of The Best 10 Thrift Stores in Providence, RI.

Your new life in Providence can’t revolve around what’s on-base! Get out of there and live like a local! When you get a chance, check out Louis Family Restaurant. Guy Fieri featured this diner on “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food Network in 2009.

If you’re still looking for more of what Providence is like, follow PCSMoves on Pinterest to check out our “How To PCS Like A Pro” and our “Life in Providence, RI” boards.

Where has been your favorite place to live? Share with us in the comments! Thinking about looking for a new home because of a PCS move? Start your search with us!

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