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Update on the home front

Mr. F and I got back from spending a week and a half in New England.

Part of it was family-related.

Part of it was spontaneous and just the two of us. We stayed close to the coast, traveling from Rhode Island all the way up to Portland, Maine.

I've been in the backwoods far too long: I was surprised to discover that Providence, R.I., is larger than Grand Rapids, MI. Portland, ME, feels larger, with its active downtown.

This is embarrassing, because my mom grew up in Providence and family is still there. My excuse: It's been over a decade since I've been back.


Grand Rapids, MI

"... As of the 2000 census, the city population was 197,800. The Grand Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 774,084, with a Combined Statistical Area of 1,320,487 as of the 2006 Census Estimate ...

Population (2000):
- City 197,800
- Density 4,434/sq mi (1,710.8/km²)
- Urban 539,080
- Metro 774,084"

Providence, RI:

"... it is the estimated third-largest city[2] in the New England region. Despite having an estimated population of 175,255 as of 2006, it anchors the 35th largest metropolitan population in the country, with an estimated MSA population of 1,622,520, exceeding that of Rhode Island by about 60% due to its reaching into southern Massachusetts.

Population (2006):
- City 175,255
- Density 9,473/sq mi (3,666/km²)
- Metro 1,622,520"

Portland, ME:

"Population (2000):
- City 64,249
- Density 3,029.2/sq mi (1,169.6/km²)
- Urban 243,537
- Metro 489,343

* My source is Wikipedia.
Grand Rapids: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Rapids%2C_MI
Providence: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence%2C_ri
Portland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portland%2C_ME

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