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Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Flag

Location of Rhode Island State


Capital: Providence

Population: 1,050,292 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence

Borders: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York (maritime border), Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $50,956 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Jewelry, metal products, shipbuilding, healthcare, tourism, and electrical equipment
Agriculture products include dairy products, eggs, nursery products, and vegetables

How Rhode Island got its name: The state website says the name came from Dutch explorer Adriaen Block who called the land Roodt Eylandt, which means red island. He got the name from the red clay of the Rhode Island coastline.

Other sources claim that the name comes from Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano who thought one of the islands off the coast of Rhode Island looked like the island Rhodes off the coast of Greece.

Atlas of Rhode Island State
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Rhode Island State Symbols

State Nickname: Ocean State

State Slogan: Unwind

State Motto: Hope

State flower: Violet

State bird: Rhode Island Red Chicken

State fish: Striped bass

State tree: Red Maple

State mammal: NA

State foods: Coffee Milk

Becoming a State

Date admitted: May 29, 1790

Number admitted: 13

Prior Name: Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: RI

Rhode Island State Map


The Geography of Rhode Island

Total Size: 1,045 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Jerimoth Hill at 812 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Providence (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Kent County approx. 1 mile south-southwest of Crompton (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 5 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Scituate Reservoir, Sakonnet River

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Professional Sports Teams

There are no major professional sports teams in Rhode Island.

Geography >> US States>> Rhode Island History

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