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 languageNone
CapitalProvidence
Largest cityProvidence
AreaRanked 50th
 • Total1,214* sq mi
(3,144* km2)
 • Width37 miles (60 km)
 • Length48 miles (77 km)
 • % water32.4
 • Latitude41°18'N to 42°1'N
 • Longitude71°8'W to 71°53'W
PopulationRanked 43rd
 • Total1,048,319
 • Density1,003.2/sq mi  (387.34/km2)
Ranked 2nd
Elevation
 • Highest pointJerimoth Hill[1]
812 ft (247 m)
 • Mean200 ft  (60 m)
 • Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean[1]
Sea level
Admission to UnionMay 29, 1790 (13th)
GovernorGina Raimondo (D)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature{{{Legislature}}}
 • Upper house{{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house{{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. SenatorsJack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
ISO 3166US-RI
AbbreviationsRI
Websitewww.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)