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Providence, Rhode Island
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    (1636- )
    Capital of Rhode Island
    Seat of Providence County
    Population (city): 176,862 (2005 estimate)
    Population (metro area): 1,622,520
    Nicknames include The Divine City, The Beehive of Industry and Renaissance City
    It has the fourth highest poverty rate among cities over 100,000 in population.
    It has the most coffee houses per capita of any US city.
    Mafia boss Raymond Patriarca ran a vast criminal empire from here for three decades.
    Many of the streets downtown are too narrow for two-way traffic.
    Its longest-serving mayor, Vincent Cianci, Jr., was convicted of racketeering (2002).
    It is the home of Nibbles Woodaway, the world's largest statue of a termite.
    It was home to an NFL team, an NBA team and a National League baseball team that are all defunct.
    It is home to seven colleges, including the Ivy League's Brown University.
    The band Talking Heads formed here at the Rhode Island School of Design.
    The TV series Family Guy is set in a (fictional) suburb of Providence.
    The Farelly Brothers set several of their movies here.
    Upon the election of David Cicilline (2002), it became the largest US city and first US capital with an openly gay mayor.

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