1. Everyone In Providence Wishes You Paid Better Attention In Geography Class
Rhode Islanders know their state is small and affectionately refer to it as the “biggest little state in the union.” When Providence
natives travel out of state and tell others where they’re from, they’re used to hearing “Providence? That’s in New York, right?”
No, you fool. Providence is the capital of Rhode Island. As in, a city within a state. As in, not another section of New York. No, it’s not an island, either. What exactly did you learn in fifth grade, anyway?
2. People In Providence Think License Plates Make Them Cooler
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In Rhode Island, the lower your plate number is, the more important you’re considered to be. Any plates under four digits are extremely hard to come by so if you have one it probably means that you have major connections. Hence the status symbol.
As the capital and political hub of Rhode Island, low digit plates abound in Providence. Owners are usually important enough to get one of these highly coveted plates from a politician, are a politician themselves, or come from a family important enough to inherit one.
3. Everyone In Providence Has Two Turntables And A Microphone
When you get married in Providence, you don’t hire a band. You get a DJ. And you never have to worry about finding one, because everyone is a DJ in Providence. If they’re not, they know at least half a dozen.
Perhaps the most famous of all Providence DJs is DJ Pauly D, who got international attention after being a housemate on the infamous "Jersey Shore." It’s a long shot for Providence fans to see their favorite hometown DJ these days, though, as Pauly D’s fame takes him everywhere from Atlantic City to Las Vegas. But there are probably seven more hopefuls vying to take his place as Providence's reigning DJ.
4. People In Providence Know How To Throw A Wicked Pahty
Did everyone in Providence become a DJ because of the city’s non-stop rave scene? Or did the rave scene happen because everyone was a DJ? Whatever the answer, it doesn’t change the fact that raves are serious business here.
The rave scene hit the streets of Providence in the early ‘90s and has only grown bigger since. Locals fill the Down City every weekend for the dance clubs and busy nightlife. Complete with the city’s most up-and-coming DJ’s mixing the latest tracks in a room full of mind-bending lights, the clubs here definitely know just how to cater to the city’s rave lovers and keep them coming back.
5. Everyone In Providence Has A Weird Food Vocabulary
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There are no hot dogs in Providence (at least not that anyone cares to eat). There are New York System Wieners, otherwise known as “hot wieners.” Square-shaped wieners made of pork and veal, topped with a meat sauce. And these people love 'em.
In Providence, everyone orders two (or three, depending on your appetite) “all the way” with vinegar fries. But don’t order wrong, and don’t call the meat sauce chili.
You won’t find clams on any menus in Providence, either. You have to order “quahogs,” which large clams used as the base for stuffed clams, called “stuffies” in Providence and everyone’s favorite appetizer.
Speaking of favorite food...
6. People In Providence Make Better Italian Food Than Italians
Providence has the fifth highest Italian-American population in the country per capita, densely concentrated in the Federal Hill section of the city. Located right in the heart of Providence, the strong Italian culture and restaurants has made Federal Hill the unofficial Little Italy of the state.
Although the area is still synonymous with the Mafia because of its ties with the infamous Five Families, there aren’t any “wise guys” roaming the streets of Providence anymore. Nowadays, locals take trips to Federal Hill to enjoy the fine Italian restaurants, bakeries, delicatessens and strong, authentic espresso that line the historic streets.
7. Everyone In Providence Has A Bit Of Boston In Them...
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If it’s your first time in Providence, you might assume that you overshot your destination and wound up in Boston.
The accents in Providence are strikingly similar to those of their Bostonian neighbors. They love eating “lobstah” and all of the “chowdah” is referred to as red and white. Water fountains are “bubblahs” and the raves “Down City” are “wicked cool.”
Not everything in Providence can be compared to Boston. Providence has its own quirky culture that is rather different than Boston and they prefer to keep it that way.
8. … And They All Have A Little Bit Of New York Blue Too
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Usually when a city is split red and blue, it’s because of politics. In Providence, it’s because of baseball. As a New England state with so much Bostonian culture running through its veins, it only makes sense that a lot of people in Rhode Island are serious Red Sox fans.
But the Sox aren't the only kings here. When Yankees charity license plates were pushed by local politicians to be sold along with Red Sox plates, Red Sox fans went crazy and the long-standing rivalry reared its ugly head. Red Sox fans say that Yankees fans have no place in their New England city, but Yankees fans aren't going anywhere.
9. Everyone’s Middle Name In Providence Is Coffee
When you come to Providence, prepare to never sleep again because it’s coffee overload in this city. Milk Coffee (pronounced “kawfee”), which falls higher on the scale of basic human needs than water for the people in Providence, is basically just coffee syrup and milk.
As the official state drink, the folks in Providence drink A LOT of it and it’s on almost every menu in the city. A “Coffee Cabinet” combines the best of both worlds with coffee ice cream, coffee syrup, and milk. And the people of Providence have developed quite a sweet tooth from it.
If you do order a regular coffee in Providence and want to blend in, make sure to order it “extra, extra.” Then wait for the sugar coma to set in.
10. People In Providence Speak In “Family Guy” Quotes
Actor, writer and comedian Seth MacFarlane went to art school in Providence, the inspiration for his breakout cartoon series "Family Guy." Set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Quahog (named after the local delicacy, of course), Family Guy is almost absurdly well known in Providence.
While MacFarlane has implied that the town of Quahog is based on Cranston, everyone in Providence could say a line from almost every episode, whether they’re sick of the show or not. So you decide.