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Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Flag of Rhode Island State seal of Rhode Island
Flag Seal
Nickname(s): The Ocean State
Little Rhody
Motto(s): Hope
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
Official language De jure: None
De facto: English
Demonym Rhode Islander
Capital
(and largest city)
Providence
Largest metro Providence metro area
Area Ranked 50th
 • Total 1,214 sq mi
(3,144 km2)
 • Width 37 miles (60 km)
 • Length 48 miles (77 km)
 • % water 13.9%
 • Latitude 41° 09' N to 42° 01' N
 • Longitude 71° 07' W to 71° 53' W
Population Ranked 43rd
 • Total 1,056,298 (2015 est.)
 • Density 1006/sq mi  (388/km2)
Ranked 2nd
 • Median household income $55,701 (27th)
Elevation
 • Highest point Jerimoth Hill
812 ft (247 m)
 • Mean 200 ft  (60 m)
 • Lowest point Atlantic Ocean
sea level
Before statehood Rhode Island
Admission to Union May 29, 1790 (13th)
Governor Gina Raimondo (D)
Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee (D)
Legislature General Assembly
 • Upper house Senate
 • Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegation 1: David Cicilline (D)
2: James Langevin (D) (list)
Time zone Eastern: UTC −5/−4
ISO 3166 US-RI
Abbreviations RI, R.I.
Website www.ri.gov
Footnotes: * Total area is approximately 776,957 acres (3,144 km2)
Rhode Island state symbols
Flag of Rhode Island.svg
Seal of Rhode Island.svg
Living insignia
Bird Rhode Island Red Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
Fish Striped bass
Flower Violet
Viola sororia
Insect American burying beetle
Nicroforus americanus
Mammal Morgan horse
Reptile Painted turtle
Tree Red Maple
Acer rubrum
Inanimate insignia
Beverage Coffee milk
Mineral Bowenite
Motto Hope
Rock Cumberlandite
Ship Courageous, USS Providence
Slogan Unwind
Song "Rhode Island, It's for Me"
Tartan Rhode Island State Tartan
Other Fruit: 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 state symbols
Living insignia
Bird Rhode Island Red Chicken
Fish Striper Bass
Flower Violet
Tree Red maple
Inanimate insignia
Beverage Coffee milk
Food Rhode Island Greening Apple
Mineral Bowenite
Rock Cumberlandite
Shell Northern Quahog
Slogan Unwind, "Hope"
Soil Narragansett
Song Rhode Island,
Rhode Island, It's for Me
Tartan Rhode Island Tartan
State route marker
Rhode Island state route marker
State quarter
Rhode Island quarter dollar coin
Released in 2001
Lists of United States state symbols

Coordinates: 41°42′N 71°30′W / 41.7°N 71.5°W / 41.7; -71.5

Rhode Island (Listeni/ˌrd ˈlənd/), officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered 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. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York.


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