Rhode Island

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The State of Rhode Island
'and Providence Plantations
Flag of Rhode Island State seal of Rhode Island
Flag of Rhode Island Seal
Nickname(s): The Ocean State, Little Rhody
Motto(s): Hope
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
Official language None
Capital Providence
Largest city Providence
Area Ranked 50th
 • Total 1,214* sq mi
(3,144* km2)
 • Width 37 miles (60 km)
 • Length 48 miles (77 km)
 • % water 32.4
 • Latitude 41°18'N to 42°1'N
 • Longitude 71°8'W to 71°53'W
Population Ranked 43rd
 • Total 1,048,319
 • Density 1,003.2/sq mi  (387.34/km2)
Ranked 2nd
 • Highest point Jerimoth Hill[1]
812 ft (247 m)
 • Mean 200 ft  (60 m)
 • Lowest point Atlantic Ocean[1]
Sea level
Admission to Union May 29, 1790 (13th)
Governor Gina Raimondo (D)
Lieutenant Governor {{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature {{{Legislature}}}
 • Upper house {{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house {{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegation List
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
ISO 3166 US-RI
Abbreviations RI
Website www.ri.gov
Footnotes: * Total area in acres is approximately 776,957 acres

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. The capital and largest city is Providence. It is called the "Ocean state" because of its bays and waterways.

Rhode Island was one of the original Thirteen Colonies, and became a state (the last of the thirteen to agree to the new United States Constitution) in 1790.

Rhode Island is bordered on the north and east by Massachusetts, on the west by Connecticut, and on the south by Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares a water border with New York. It is named for a large island in Rhode Island Sound. Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams for religious freedom. Some thought the island looked liked Rhodes, an island in Greece.

Related pages[change | change source]

Rhode Island State Capitol
Rhode Island State Capitol

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-7.  Check date values in: |accessdate=, |year= (help)