Rhode Island (RI)

Quick Facts

Capital City:  Providence

Abbreviation:  RI

Population (2019): 1,051,511; Rank: 43 of 50 | Population Quick Facts

Region:  Northeast

Admission to Statehood:  May 29, 1790 (13th State)

State Motto:  Hope

State Nickname:  The Ocean State

Origin of State Name:  Possibly named in honor of the Greek Island of Rhodes or was named Roode Eylandt by Adriaen Block, Dutch explorer, because of its red clay

Area Codes:  401

Zip Codes: Rhode Island Zip Codes



State Symbols

Bird:  Rhode Island Red | List of State Birds

Flag:  Placed on a white field is a circle of thirteen gold stars representing the first thirteen states. The stars surround a gold ship’s anchor. The state’s motto “Hope” is on a blue ribbon below the anchor.
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Flower:  Violet (Viola) | Other State Flowers

Soil:  Narragansett

Song:  “Rhode Island’s It for Me” | Words by: Charlie Hall | Music by: Charlie Hall Other State Songs | Sheet Music

Tree:  Red Maple (Acer rubrum) | Other State Trees

Quarter: America’s Cup yacht Reliance on Narragansett Bay, Pell Bridge Rhode Island Quarter | List of State Quarters




Rhode Island on a map



  • Area: 1,545 sq.mi (4,002 sq.km.), 50th
  • Land: 1,045 sq.mi. (2,707 sq.km.), 50th
  • Water: 500 sq.mi. (1,295 sq.km.), 41st
  • Coastline: 40 mi. (64 km.), 19th
  • Shoreline: 384 mi. (618 km.), 20th

Largest Cities: Providence | Warwick | Cranston | Pawtucket | East Providence | Woonsocket | Newport | Central Falls

Border States: Connecticut | Massachusetts | New York (water border) | List of US Regions

Highest Point:  Jerimoth Hill ; 812 feet, (247 m.) 46th tallest

Lowest Point:  Rhode Island; sea level, tied for 3rd lowest

Geographic Center:  Kent, 1 mile southsouthwest of Crompton

National Parks:




State Government

Governor:  Daniel McKee (D)

Senators:  Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Jack Reed (D)

Representatives:  House Senate

Constitution:  Rhode Island’s Constitution

Electoral College Votes:  4 votes



    • Agriculture: Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.
    • Industry: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, tourism.
  • White Pages:Rhode Island White Pages