Rhode Island State Profile

Where is Rhode Island?

Rhode Island is a state located in the New England region of the United States. It is bordered on the Massachusetts on the north and east; by the Atlantic Ocean on the south; and on the west by Connecticut.

What is the capital of Rhode Island?

Providence is the capital and the largest city of Rhode Island. The city was founded in 1636 by a religious exile from Massachusetts Bay Colony named Roger Williams.

How big is Rhode Island?

Covering an area of 1,214 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. According to the 2010 estimate, the state had an estimated population of 1,052,567.

What is the nickname of Rhode Island?

The official nickname of Rhode Island is "The Ocean State." The name refers to the geography of the state - the many islands and bays that comprise the state.

Who are the political leaders of Rhode Island?

Governor - Lincoln Chafee
Lieutenant Governor - Elizabeth H. Roberts

When did Rhode Island achieve statehood?

Rhode Island is the thirteenth US state; it was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1790. It was the first colony to resist the policies of King George III. The state ratified the Articles of Confederation in 1778 and entered the union on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to join the union.

What is the economy of Rhode Island like?

Rhode Island has a diversified economy based on services, manufacturing, finance and other industries. The total gross domestic product of the state in 2010 was estimated at $49,500, while its per capita personal income was $42,579. The unemployment rate in the state was 11.5 percent. Agriculture, tourism, jewellry, silverware, textiles, electrical equipment, and rubber and plastic items are the major sectors/industries in the state.Health care is the largest source of revenue in Rhode Island. Manufacturing is the third-largest industry; the major products include fabricated metal products, costumes, electrical equipment, textiles, machinery, rubber, and plastic products.

What is the official language of Rhode Island?

English is the official language of Rhode Island. The other languages in the state include Spanish, French, Portuguese, Chinese and German.

What is the official religion of Rhode Island?

Christianity is the official and also the most widely practiced religion in Rhode Island. Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination. There are a significant number of Muslims and Jews in the state.

What are the famous places in Rhode Island?

There are a number of beautiful places in the state of Rhode Island. Beavertail State Park, Fort Adams State Beach, Misquamicut State Beach, and the Brenton State Park are some of the most beautiful state parks in Rhode Island. The state also has more than fifty museums and historic sites; the most notable ones being the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design, the Roger Williams Park Museum, also in Providence, and the Nathanael Greene Homestead.

What are the state symbols of Rhode Island?
  • State Bird: The Rhode Island red chicken is the official state bird of Rhode Island. It was chosen as the state bird in 1954 by the then Governor Dennis J. Roberts.

  • State Tree: The red maple was adopted as the state tree of Rhode Island in 1964. It was chosen by the school children of the state.

  • State Flower: Violet (viola) is the official state flower of Rhode Island. It was officially designated as the state flower in 1968. Rhode Island was the last state in the United States to adopt the state flower.

  • State Flag: The official flag of Rhode Island was adopted in 1897. The flag is of white color,fringed with yellow on three sides. There are thirteen yellow stars in a circular shape that symbolize the original thirteen colonies. Beneath the anchor is a blue ribbon on which is imprinted the word "Hope" in gold letters. "Hope" is also the motto of the state.

Last Updated on: May 16, 2017