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State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Flag of Rhode IslandOfficial seal of Rhode Island
Anthem: "Rhode Island's It for Me"
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
Map of the United States with Rhode Island highlighted
CountryUnited States
Before statehoodColony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Admitted to the UnionMay 29, 1790 (13th)
(and largest city)
Largest metroGreater Providence
 • GovernorGina Raimondo (D)
 • Lieutenant GovernorDaniel McKee (D)
LegislatureRhode Island General Assembly
 • Upper houseSenate
 • Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. senatorsJack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegation1: David Cicilline (D)
2: James Langevin (D) (list)
 • Total1,214[a] sq mi (3,144 km2)
 • Land1,045 sq mi (2,707 km2)
 • Water169 sq mi (438 km2)  13.9%
Area rank50th
200 ft (60 m)
Highest elevation812 ft (247 m)
Lowest elevation
(Atlantic Ocean[2])
0 ft (0 m)
 • Total1,059,361
 • Rank44th
 • Density1,006/sq mi (388/km2)
 • Density rank2nd
 • Median household income
 • Income rank
 • Official languageDe jure: None
De facto: English
Time zoneUTC-05:00 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-04:00 (EDT)
USPS abbreviation
ISO 3166 codeUS-RI
Trad. abbreviationR.I.
Latitude41° 09′ N to 42° 01′ N
Longitude71° 07′ W to 71° 53′ W
  1. approximately 776,957 acres
Rhode Island State symbols
Flag of Rhode Island.svg
The Flag of Rhode Island.

Seal of Rhode Island.svg
The Seal of Rhode Island.

Animate insignia
Bird(s) Rhode Island Red chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
Fish Striped bass
Flower(s) Violet
Viola sororia
Insect American burying beetle
Nicroforus americanus
Mammal(s) Morgan horse
Reptile Painted turtle
Tree Red Maple
Acer rubrum

Inanimate insignia
Beverage Coffee milk
Mineral Bowenite
Ship(s)  Courageous, USS Providence
Slogan(s) Unwind
Tartan Rhode Island State Tartan
Other Fruit: Rhode Island Greening

Route marker(s)
Rhode Island Route Marker

State Quarter
Quarter of Rhode Island
Released in 2001

Lists of United States state insignia

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States by area. The capital and largest city is Providence. It is called the "Ocean state" because of its bays and waterways.

Rhode Island was one of the original Thirteen Colonies, and became a state (the last of the thirteen to agree to the new United States Constitution) in 1790.

Rhode Island is bordered on the north and east by Massachusetts, on the west by Connecticut, and on the south by Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. It shares a water border with New York. It is named for a large island in Rhode Island Sound. Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams for religious freedom. Some thought the island looked liked Rhodes, an island in Greece. Others didn´t.

An executive order was signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on June 22, 2020 to remove "Providence Plantations" from the official state name due to its ties to slavery. [5] Raimondo stated the change would go into effect "as soon as practicable." [6]

Related pages

Rhode Island State Capitol