Rhode Island

state on east coast of United States of America

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
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodColony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Admitted to the UnionMay 29, 1790 (13th)
Largest metroGreater Providence
 • 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)
 • Total1,059,639 (2,017 est.)[1]
 • Density1,006/sq mi (388/km2)
 • Median household income
 • Income rank
 • Official languageDe jure: None
De facto: English
Trad. abbreviationR.I.
Latitude41° 09' N to 42° 01' N
Longitude71° 07' W to 71° 53' W
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 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. Others didn´t.

Did You Know?? Q & AEdit

Which well-known American television show is based here?Edit

Family Guy.


Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, leans liberal. Both its State Legislatures and its governor´s mansion are held by Democrats. Both United States Senators from Rhode Island are Democrats.

Low IQ!Edit

The State of Rhode Island is a relatively blunt state, ranking 33rd of all 50 US states.

Comparitive to Connecticut and MassachusettsEdit

This is an ever worse figure because its neighbour to the north, Massachusetts, has the highest IQ rank of any state, and its western neighbour, Connecticut, ranks 5th.

Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence.

Population Density RankEdit

Rhode Island´s P.D.R. is 2.

What does PDR mean?Edit

PDR stands, of course, for Population density rank. This means the number of people per square mile. Rhode Island is 2nd, the only state ahead of it is New Jersey.

Related pagesEdit

Rhode Island State Capitol


  1. "Rhode Island: Population estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. July 1, 2017. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  2. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.