State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Geostatistics

  • Land area:
    (land)1,045 sq. miles
    (water) 500 sq. miles
    (TOTAL) 1,545 sq. miles
  • Land area: (all states)
  • Horizontal Width: 20 miles from the Connecticut border, immediately east of Providence
  • Vertical Length: 41 miles from the Massachusetts border, immediately south to Charlestown Note: Maximum lengths and widths are two-point, straight-line measurements from the Mercator map projection and will vary some uses of other map projections
  • Border States: (2) Connecticut and Massachusetts
  • Counties: (5) map
  • County: (largest in population) Providence 623,844
  • Geographic Center: 2 miles southwest of Compton, in Kent
  • Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill, at 812 ft.
  • Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean, 0 ft.
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Average Elevation: 203 ft.

Rhode Island Lat / long


  • Latitude/Longitude: (Absolute Locations)
    Providence: (capital) 41º 82′ N, 71º 41′ W
    West: 41º 33′ N, 71º 82′ W
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Rhode Island is positioned in both the northern and western hemispheres. As part of North America and located in the northeastern region of the United States (one often referred to as New England), Rhode Island is bordered by the states of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and Block Island Sound and Rhode Island Sound, both extensions of the Atlantic Ocean.

Rhode Island, a state in the northeastern United States. It occupies an area of 4 thousand km2. Population 1.1 million (2004). The administrative center is Providence. Major cities: Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Newport. In the north and east it borders on the state of Massachusetts, in the south it has access to the Rhode Island Sound. See counties in Rhode Island.

The state is divided into two parts by Narragansett Bay. There are over thirty islands in the bay (the largest is Rod Island). The coast is an alternation of sandy beaches with hard rock outcrops. More than half of the state is occupied by forests (oak, ash, elm). The climate is humid, temperate continental.

Until 1973, the state’s largest employer was Naval Air Station Quonset Point. Metallurgy, mechanical engineering, rubber and plastics production. The industry employs about 25% of the state’s residents. A large naval center for the development, manufacture and testing of various types of equipment and weapons for submarines. The bulk of the population is employed in the service sector. Tourist business (in Rhode Island, where there are many sandy beaches). The most popular holiday destinations are Block and Rod Islands.

  • AbbreviationFinder: Introduction to the state of Rhode Island, covering commonly used acronyms and the list of main cities and town in Rhode Island.

In 1511, the Portuguese visited the coast of Rhode Island, and in 1524 Giovanni Verrazano explored Narragansett Bay. In 1636, the preacher R. Williams, expelled by the Puritans from their Massachusetts colonies for too free views on freedom of speech and religion, founded the first European settlement of Providence on the shores of the bay. In 1638, supporters of Williams arrived, who bought land from the Indians on the island of Ekvidenek (since 1644 – Rod). Newport was founded in 1639. In 1663, King Charles II of England issued a charter that proclaimed religious freedom and the right to self-govern the colony. For a long time, the settlers maintained peaceful relations with the Indians. The slave trade flourished in Rhode Island (18th century). The development of industry began in 1764, after a partial ban on the import of slaves. In 1776, Rhode Island was the first to declare its independence from Great Britain. In 1789, the Englishman Samuel Slater, who had access to Arkwright’s machine drawings, arrived in Rhode Island. Here he took part in the creation of a cotton factory, which laid the foundation for a powerful textile industry in the region. In 1790, Rhode Island became the 13th state of the United States.

The main attractions of the state are concentrated in the cities of Providence and Newport.

State of Rhode Island