Rhode Island

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Rhode Island

Pawtucket

Nearest city: Providence
Population: 73,612
Median household income: $48,207

The mill city on the Blackstone River is becoming known as an artist enclave with the transformation of aging mills into artists' lofts and studios.

Runners-up:
Warwick
Cranston

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