( The Ocean State / The Little Rhody )
The exact origin of the state name is unknown. Roger Williams and a group of religious followers founded the town of Providence in what is today known as Rhode Island after their banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Williams believed in the importance of liberty of conscience, which became an important principle in the founding of Rhode Island and ultimately in the founding of the United States. Rhode Island is the 13th of the original states of the Union (1790). Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. In spite of its size (3,140 sq. km), it is nevertheless an important industrial state. Rhode Island lies on beautiful Narragansett Bay, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Tourists come to Rhode Island coastal resorts each summer to enjoy boating, fishing and other water sports. The annual Newport Music Festival is held in late July and early August.
Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Rhode Island include:
The Flag of Rhode Island|
Ratified the Constitution on 1790 as the 13th State; flag adopted in 1897. An anchor, traditional symbol of hope, was first adopted by Rhode Island as a symbol in 1647. Rhode Island troops in the Revolutionary War carried flags of white with an anchor and thirteen stars.
Largest Cities in the State|
(2000) Providence, 173,618; Warwick, 85,808; Cranston, 79,269; Pawtucket, 72,958; East Providence, 48,688; Woonsocket, 43,224; Coventry town, 33,668; North Providence town, 32,411; Cumberland town, 31,840; West Warwick town, 29,581
Business and Trade in Rhode Island
Agriculture: Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.
Industries: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding, tourism.
State Symbols and Emblems
- Bird: Rhode Island Red
- Flower: Violet (viola)
- Tree: Red Maple (acer rubrum)
- Song(s): Rhode Island's It For Me
- Motto: Hope
1,048,319 (1,003.20 mi2)
Geographic Area (mi2)
Rank 50th Largest
Pub & Prv Schools
College & University
Border States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York
Illicit Drug Use
Youth Risk Survey
Housing: In Rhode Island, there are 439,837 housing units, averaging to 420.9 per sq mile.
Posters and Artwork|
Newport, Rhode Island, View of the Old Stone Mill, Ancient Viking Tower
Giclee Print 16" x 12"