Living in Providence is low on stress and high on quality of life.
One of the first things that strikes newcomers is how close everything is. You can get just about anywhere in Providence in 15 minutes or less, and anywhere in the state in under an hour. Downtown is 2- 3 miles away from the eruv, and contains the main train and bus stations for easy access to Boston and New York. The state-wide RIPTA bus system and typically light traffic also help minimize your time on the road. This allows people to go about their day without the soul-killing commute common in many other metropolitan areas.
Another thing that people marvel at is the sheer beauty of the area- the numerous historic homes, stunning gardens, and parks. It helps that most areas in Providence have sidewalks and bike lanes- making it easy to walk, jog, or bike around town- something that people living in Providence take good advantage of!