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What are the Key Facts of Rhode Island?

Map of Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island which lies in the northeastern region of the USA


Rhode Island

State Capital


Largest City



41.7°N 71.5°W


The Ocean State”, “Little Rhody”

Postal Abbreviation



1,214 sq. mi (3,144 sq. km)

Highest Point

Jerimoth Hill, 812 ft (247 m)

Neighboring States

Connecticut, Massachusetts

Number of Counties



1,059,361 (2019)

Date of Entering the Union

May 29, 1790 (13th)

State Anthem

Rhode Island’s It for Me”


Gina Raimondo (Democrats)

Lieutenant Governor

Daniel McKee (Democrats)

U.S. senators

Jack Reed (Democrats), Sheldon Whitehouse (Democrats)

U.S. House Delegation

David Cicilline (Democrats), James Langevin (Democrats)

GDP (millions of dollars)



Rhode Islander

Time Zones

UTC-05:00 (Eastern), Summer (DST) UTC-04:00 (EDT)

Where is Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is officially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. It is the 13th state admitted to the union of the United States of America on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island is in the New England region of the United States. The state is surrounded by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It is the smallest state in the US but is densely populated.

What is the Geography of Rhode Island?

Rhode Island spreads across a total area of 1,214 sq. mi (3,144 sq. km), out of which 1,045 sq. mi (2,707 sq. km) is the land area and 169 sq. mi (438 sq. km) is the water area. Water bodies constitute 13.9% of the total area.

Rivers are abundant in the state. Some of the prominent rivers of the state are- Five Mile River, Pawcatuck River, Ashaway River, Green Fall River, Wood River, Flat River, and many more. The Blackstone River is the largest in Rhode Island.

The state’s mean elevation is 200 ft (60 m) above sea level. The highest elevation point of the state is Jerimoth Hill, which is 812 ft (247 m) while the lowest elevation point of Rhode Island is (the Atlantic Ocean, which is 0 ft (0 m).

There are significant mountains in the state, such as Central Landfill, Beacon Pole Hill, Woonsocket Hill, Whortleberry Hill, Chopmist Hill, and Jerimoth Hill. Jerimoth Hill is the highest point in the state, which is 812 ft (247 m).

Early settlers of Rhode Island cleared a large part of forest land for agriculture. Although, gradually, the forestation took place, and the state made remarkable progress in the growth of the forest. At present, 59 percent of the state or 393,000 acres of land is under forest cover.

Several kinds of trees are grown in the state, but some trees such as red maple, eastern white pine, scarlet oak, white oak, northern red oak, yellow birch, black oak, sweet birch, black gum, and black cherry are most common, and they are grown extensively in the state.

Narragansett soil is found in the upland regions of the state. It is found extensively in the state, and it covers about 12,000 acres of land in Rhode Island and its adjoining states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Narragansett soils are fertile for agricultural cultivation. Silage corn, hay, apples, vegetables, potatoes, etc. are the major crops that are grown extensively in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the US, but it is replete with several lakes. Most of the lakes in the state are human made. Therefore, the state is also known as “The Ocean State”. Some of the outstanding lakes in the state are- Wallum Lake, Worden Pond, Scituate Reservoir, Miscoe Lake, Boone Lake, Spring Lake, Olney Pond, and many more.

Despite its small size, the state has several remarkable beaches like Watch Hill Beach, Crescent Beach, Napatree Point Beach, Ballard’s Beach, East Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, and so on.

Red maple is the official state tree of the state, while Common blue violet is known as the state flower of the state. Apart from this, Harbor seal is the state’s animal, and Rhode Island Red has been declared as the state’s bird of Rhode Island.

The state is home to various species, including Coyotes, raccoons, skunks, deer, opossums, turtles, and many more. Many lovely birds are also spotted in the state, such as wood duck, wild turkey, osprey, red-shouldered hawk, american woodcock, yellow-billed cuckoo, black-billed cuckoo, and many more.

What is the Climate of Rhode Island?

The state has a humid continental climate. It experiences warm to hot summers, but winters are cold and snowy. The weather of the tiny state of the US is variable. The people of Rhode Island face abrupt changes in temperature, wind, sunshine, and precipitation throughout the year.

The temperature of the state during summer is variable. The average summer temperature remains 83°F (28°C). Although, in the interior areas of the state, the temperature remains more than 100°F (37.8°C). While the coastal regions are colder by a few degrees, the average winter temperature of the state is between 15°F (-9.4°C) to 20°F (-6.7°C) in most parts of the state. The temperature in the coastal region is somewhat higher, usually at 25°F (-3.9°C). However, in the inland areas, night temperature dips below 0°F (-17.8°C) for six to eight days, while the storms and hurricanes are the regular threat for Rhode Island.

The state receives an annual rainfall of 42 inches (1066.8mm) to 46 inches (1168.4mm). Rhode Island gets an average snowfall of around 20 inches (508mm) to 55 inches (1397mm). January is the coldest, while July is the warmest month of the state. The state, on average, gets 202 sunny days per year.

What is the Economy of Rhode Island?

The economy of Rhode Island depends on the manufacturing industry, while agriculture, mining, forestry, and fishing also contribute to the state’s economy.

The state is famous for manufacturing jewelry, silverware, textiles, primary and fabricated metals, machinery, electrical equipment, rubber and plastic products, and so on.

Farmlands in the state is used for dairy and poultry products. Milk is an essential source of income for the state. The state is known for producing many eggs. Rhode Island’s Red hens are famous as brown egg layers. Such hens lay six eggs in a week.

The total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the state was $63,541.1 in 2019, while the per capita personal income of the state was $56,542 in 2019.

What is the Transportation System of Rhode Island?

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has been providing low-cost bus service throughout the state. Some of the important Interstate Highways passing through the state are Interstate 184, 95,195, 295,895, 95E.

The train service in the Rhode Island is immense. The state is served by Amtrak, high-speed Acela, and Boston commuter trains. Rhode Island is well connected by air. It has several airports, some of the major one’s are-Block Island State Airport, Theodore Francis Green State Airport, Westerly State Airport, North Central State Airport, and many more.

What is the Origin of the Name of “Rhode Island”?

The state was named Rhode Island by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He first named it “Roodt Eylandt,” it is a Dutch word which means “red island” or the reddish color of the soil. Adriaen Block had mentioned the world “Roodt Eylandt” in 1614. Later the British anglicized this word when they annexed the region and established the British rule.

Why is Rhode Island called “The Ocean State”?

The US state of Rhode Island is also known as “The Ocean State”. This nickname has also been mentioned on Rhode Island license plates. The name was chosen to entice tourists to the state. Rhode Island is famous for sandy shores and seaside colonial towns. The state’s shoreline runs for 400 miles, including Narragansett Bay shoreline.

The state is also known by some other nicknames such as “Little Rhode”, “The Plantation State”, “The Smallest State”, and “Land of Roger Williams”.

What are the Popular Tourist Attractions in Rhode Island?

The state is packed with several remarkable tourist attractions. The popular tourist attractions in the smallest state of the US are The Breakers, Cliff Walk, Roger Williams Park Zoo, WaterFire Providence, The Elms, RISD Museum of Art, Ocean Drive, Narragansett Bay Beaches, Block Island and Mohegan Bluffs and many more. Besides, these tourists have plenty of things to see and enjoy in Rhode Island.

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