The territory which in 1862 became the town of East Providence was in the mainstream of early American history. The original settlement and development of the area take us back to two of the most famous movements in our history - the coming of the Pilgrims to Plymouth, and the Puritans to the Boston area. Both groups contributed settlers, ideas, and disagreements to the early history of East Providence.
Today, East Providence is a growing city with easy accessibility. Its modern development has been attributed to its central location on an available waterway, its modern highway and railroad routes, and to the suburban outgrowth from the City of Providence.
East Providence is located in Providence County. Located East of Providence on I195 across Narragansett Bay and North of Squantum Woods State Park. East Providence is part of the Providence-Fall River-Warwick metro area.