Rhode Island State Facts

Admission to Statehood: May 29, 1790 – 13th State

Size: Area: 1545 sq. mi., Land 1045 sq. mi., Water 500 sq. mi., Coastline 40 mi., Shoreline 384 mi. Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States.

Population: 1,048,319

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

Highest Point: Jerimoth Hill – 812 feet
Lowest Point: Atlantic coast; Atlantic Ocean, sea level

Nickname: The Ocean State – The “Ocean State” is a nickname used to promote tourism. The nickname “Plantation State” is derived from the states official full name “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations”.

State Flag: Placed on a white field is a circle of thirteen gold stars representing the first thirteen states. The stars surround a gold ship’s anchor. The states motto ” Hope” is on a blue ribbon below the anchor.

Flower: Violet – Rhode Island was the last state to adopt an official state flower.

Bird: Rhode Island Red
The Rhode Island Red Hen became Rhode Island’s official state bird on May 3, 1954.

Tree: Red Maple

Motto: Hope

Song: Rhode Island It’s for me – words and music by: Charlie Hall


Agriculture: Nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs.

Industry: Fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boat building, tourism

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