Rhode Island facts

Rhode Island Facts

  • State Number of Counties: 5

    * Bristol * Kent * Newport * Providence * Washington *

  • State Largest Cities: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Coventry, Cumberland, North Providence, West Warwick

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  • State Flag: Adopted in 1897

  • State Motto: "Hope"

  • State Capital: Providence

  • State Abbreviation: RI

  • State Name of Residents: Rhode Islanders

  • Date State Entered the Union: May 29, 1790

  • State Size: 1,045 square miles

  • State Song: Rhode Island, It's for Me

  • State Nick Name: The Ocean State, Little Rhody

  • State Tree: Red maple

  • State Flower: Violets

  • State Bird: Rhode Island Red - this is a type of chicken

  • State Seashell: Quahog

  • State Rock: Cumberlandite

  • State Mineral: Bowenite

  • State Soil: Narragansett (unofficial)

  • State Major Rivers: Sakonnet River

  • State Major Lakes: Scituate Reservoir

  • State Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill - 812 feet (247 m) above sea level

  • Bordering States: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York (water border)

  • State Bordering Body of Water: Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean

  • State Name Origin: Either named for the Isle of Rhodes located in the Mediterranean Sea or for its red clay - "Rood Eylandt" means Red Island, in Dutch.

  • State Largest City: Providence

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