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Rhode Island Statistics

RI Statistics, Population, Facts, Symbols

Capital:

Providence

State Abbreviation / Postal Code:

R.I. or RI

Entered Union:

May 29, 1790

Settled:

1636

Present Constitution Adopted:

1843

Motto:

Hope

State Symbols:

Rhode Island State Bird

Rhode Island Red

Rhode Island State Flower

Blue Violets

Rhode Island State Tree

Red Maple

Rhode Island State Fish

Striped Bass

Rhode Island State Mineral

Bowenite

Rhode Island State Shell

Quahog

Colors:

Blue, White, and Gold (in state flag)

Song:

“Rhode Island, It’s for Me” (1996)

Official Name:

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Nickname:

The Ocean State

Origin of Name:

From the Greek Island of Rhodes

Largest Cities:

Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, Central Falls

Land Area:

1,045 sq mi. (2,706 sq km)

Geographic Center:

In Kent Co., 1 mi. SSW of Crompton

Number of Counties:

5

Largest County (by population and area):

Providence, 639,653 (2005); Providence, 413 sq mi.

State Parks:

14

Residents:

Rhode Islander

2005 Resident Population Est.:

1,076,189

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