Business Providence's Changing Demographics in Two Charts In 1980, fewer than 8,000 Hispanics lived in Rhode Island's state capital. Now, they make up 38 percent of the city's population, and they're changing the political dynamic. National Journal Dec 19, 2013 A map of Rhode Island, featuring the city of Providence. (National Journal) National Journal National Journal We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. News and updates from the editors of National Journal magazine.