Transportation Data

Affordable transportation improves the health of people and communities in many ways. For example, low-cost transportation helps people get to work, school, and healthcare appointments, and access healthy foods. more


To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of Rhode Island's statewide health equity indicators.

Key Information

Indicator Index score that reflects the affordability of transportation for renters
Data Source US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Low-Cost Transportation Index
Strata Census tract, city/town
What this indicator means This indicator is based on estimated transportation costs for a 3-person, single-parent family with a median income for renters for the geographic area. This data, last updated in 2015, comes from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is presented in an interactive map by PolicyMap. The value of the indicator is a percentile ranking from 0 to 100, where a higher ranking indicates lower transportation costs for that neighborhood. Thus, high-ranking areas are considered the most advantaged, and low-ranking areas are considered the most disadvantaged.

Key Findings

  • Census Tracts 8 and 9 in Providence and Census Tract 152 in Pawtucket have the highest ranking, and therefore, the lowest transportation costs.
  • Census Tracts 131.01 in Glocester, 209.03 in East Greenwich, and 207.01 in Coventry have the highest transportation costs (lowest ranking).
  • Using an estimated average ranking for Census tracts in each city and town, Newport, Providence, and Central Falls have the lowest transportation costs (highest ranking), and Scituate, Glocester, and Foster have the highest transportation costs (lowest ranking).