Area Code 401

Where Is Area Code 401?

Updated: June 24th 2021

Area code 401 is the area code for the entire state of Rhode Island. Area code 401 is located in the Eastern Time Zone and covers 5 counties of Rhode Island. When area code 401 was put into service on January 1, 1947, it was one of the 86 original area codes created by AT&T.

Providence is the most populous city in Rhode Island and the county seat of Providence County. Providence is the capital of Rhode Island and is situated at the mouth of the Providence River at the head of Narragansett Bay. Providence is one of the oldest cities and one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. Providence has become known as one of the most active and growing homosexual communities in the Northeast. Providence has a humid continental climate, characterized by warm, humid summers and cold winters. Going back in history, Providence was one of the original Thirteen Colonies of the United States. In 1636, Roger Williams and other religious exiles settled the area. Following the American Revolutionary War, Providence was the country's ninth largest city and by the start of the 20th century, the city had some of the largest manufacturing plants in the country.

Providence has a population of 178,042 and the racial makeup of the city is 49.8% White, 27.8% Hispanic, 16.0% African American, and 6.4% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Providence has the highest rate of property crime and the second highest rate of violent crime in Rhode Island, which makes the city the most dangerous city in the state.

Downtown Providence is home to many of Rhode Island’s tallest buildings and to the Westminster Arcade, the oldest enclosed shopping mall in the United States. The southern waterfront is where the majority of bars, strip clubs, and power plants are located. When it comes to the economy, Providence is one of the largest centers for jewelry and silverware design and manufacturing. Education, healthcare, and finance also make up a large portion of the economy. The main university in Providence is Brown University, the seventh oldest institution of higher education in the United States. Points of interest in the city include the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, the Providence Performing Arts Center, the Roger Williams Park Zoo, and the Providence Children’s Museum.

Warwick is the second most populous city in Rhode Island and is located in Kent County. Situated approximately 13 miles south of downtown Providence, Warwick is part of the Providence metropolitan area. Going back in history, Warwick was founded in 1642 when Samuel Gorton signed a deed known as the Shawomet Purchase with Miantonomi, the chief of the Narragansett people. The purchase was disputed and in the following year, the lands were placed under Massachusetts rule. In 1648, Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick, granted Gorton a charter that restored the lands back to him. In honor of Rich, Gorton changed the name of the settlement from Shawhomett to Warwick. Today Warwick has a population of 82,672 and the racial makeup of the city is 92.7% White, 3.4% Hispanic, 2.3% Asian, and 1.7% African American (2010 Census). Warwick has a very low crime rate, which makes it one of Rhode Island’s safer cities to reside in. Rhode Island's main airport, T.F. Green Airport, is located in Warwick. Warwick is a popular tourist spot due to the nearby beaches, saltwater bays, and scenic beauty.

Major Cities In Area Code 401





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Pawtucket is the fourth most populous city in Rhode Island and is located in Providence County. Going back in history, Joseph Jenckes purchased about 60 acres near Pawtucket Falls in 1671. Jenckes established a sawmill and forge but everything was destroyed during King Philip’s War in 1675. Pawtucket was incorporated as a town in 1775 and incorporated as a city in 1886. In 1793, Samuel Slater built the Slater Mill, the first fully mechanized cotton-spinning mill in America. Today Pawtucket has a population of 71,148 and the racial makeup of the city is 66.5% White, 19.7% Hispanic, 13.4% African American, and 1.5% Asian (2010 Census). Unfortunately Pawtucket is a dangerous city to reside in. Points of interest in the city include the McCoy Stadium, the Slater Mill Historic Site, the Slater Memorial Park, and the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.

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