Rhode Island

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State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Flag of Rhode Island State seal of Rhode Island
Flag Seal
The Ocean State
Little Rhody[1]
Motto(s): Hope
State song(s): "Rhode Island, It's for Me"
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
Official languageDe jure: None
De facto: English
DemonymRhode Islander
(and largest city)
Largest metroGreater Providence
AreaRanked 50th
 • Total1,214[2] sq mi
(3,144 km2)
 • Width37 miles (60 km)
 • Length48 miles (77 km)
 • % water13.9%
 • Latitude41° 09' N to 42° 01' N
 • Longitude71° 07' W to 71° 53' W
PopulationRanked 43rd
 • Total1,059,639 (2017 est.)[3]
 • Density1006/sq mi  (388/km2)
Ranked 2nd
 • Median household income$55,701[4] (27th)
 • Highest pointJerimoth Hill[5][6]
812 ft (247 m)
 • Mean200 ft  (60 m)
 • Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean[5]
Sea level
Before statehoodColony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Admission to UnionMay 29, 1790 (13th)
GovernorGina Raimondo (D)
Lieutenant GovernorDaniel McKee (D)
LegislatureRhode Island General Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsJack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegation1: David Cicilline (D)
2: James Langevin (D) (list)
Time zoneEastern: UTC −5/−4
AbbreviationsRI, R.I.
Footnotes: * Total area is approximately 776,957 acres (3,144 km2)
Rhode Island state symbols
Flag of Rhode Island.svg
Seal of Rhode Island.svg
Living insignia
BirdRhode Island Red chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
FishStriped bass
Viola sororia
InsectAmerican burying beetle
Nicroforus americanus
MammalMorgan horse
ReptilePainted turtle
TreeRed Maple
Acer rubrum
Inanimate insignia
BeverageCoffee milk
ShipCourageous, USS Providence
TartanRhode Island State Tartan
OtherFruit: Rhode Island Greening
State route marker
Rhode Island state route marker
State quarter
Rhode Island quarter dollar coin
Released in 2001
Lists of United States state symbols

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States by area. 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. "Rhode Island Government: Government". RI.gov. Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  2. Office of the Secretary of State: A. Ralph Mollis: State Library. Sos.ri.gov. Retrieved on July 12, 2013.
  3. "Rhode Island: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  4. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Archived from the original on October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988