Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest state in area, the seventh least populous, the second most densely populated, and it has the longest official name of any state. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island. Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the large bays and inlets that amount to about 14 percent of its total area. Rhode Island covers an area of 1,214 square miles (3,144 km²) located within the New England region and 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 narrow maritime border with New York State between Block Island and Long Island. The mean elevation of the state is 200 feet (61 m). It is only 37 miles (60 km) wide and 48 miles (77 km) long, yet the state has a tidal shoreline on Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean of 384 miles (618 km).
Rhode Island is known under different nicknames; aka Little Rhody, or Ocean State (used on license plates), or Rogues Island, or The Licentious Republic, or Smallest State and detailed official information about Rhode Island can be found on the homepage at www. ri.gov.
As shown in the given Rhode Island location map that Rhode Island is located in the north-eastern part of the United States. It is a state situated in the New England region of the United States. The small state shares its border with Connecticut in the west and Massachusetts in the north and east. It also shares maritime boundary with New York in the south-west. Rhode Island was the one of the 13th states that declared independence from the British rule and last to ratify the US Constitution.
By virtue of its geographical location and having several large bays and inlets, Rhode Island is more popularly known as “The Ocean State.” Furthermore, the climate type of state is humid continental climate featured with cold winter and hot and rainy summer. The capital City of Rhode Island is Providence; other important cities are – Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, and Woonsocket.
The capital Providence is counted by Reader's Digest as one of the "10 most beautiful places in America". A real crowd-puller is the art installation "WaterFire", but also the mixture of rich history, educational institutions, lively art scene and very diverse population makes this city so worth seeing. You shouldn't miss the Federal Hill district in particular: It is one of the most beautiful "Little Italys" in the USA and offers a wide range of culinary delights. Newport, on the other hand, has been welcoming visitors for over 400 years and, with over 300 original wooden buildings, is the last intact wooden city in North America.
You can't help but "ooh" and "aah" at the famous mansions along Newport's Ocean Drive. The ocean views are also spectacular -- hence the name. There are plenty of stop-off points for pics!
The US State Rhode Island occupies 2,678 m², about 0,03 % of the total territory of the USA of 9,148,020 m². The total population of the US State Rhode Island with 1,059,639 inhabitants (in 2017) has already increased by 1,08 % in this millennium. Almost 40 years ago there were 112,485 fewer people. The capital Providence alone has 179,87 inhabitants.
Providence was founded in 1636, which makes it one of the oldest cities in the United States. Rhode Island originally had five capital cities, and then, eventually two--Newport and Providence. Providence became the sole capital of the state in 1900. In Providence it is illegal to wear transparent clothing. It is also illegal to sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same person on a Sunday.
Rhode Island is nicknamed the Ocean State and has a number of oceanfront beaches. It is mostly flat with no real mountains, and the state's highest natural point is Jerimoth Hill, 812 feet (247 m) above sea level. The state has two distinct natural regions. Eastern Rhode Island contains the lowlands of the Narragansett Bay, while Western Rhode Island forms part of the New England upland. Rhode Island's forests are part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion. Narragansett Bay is a major feature of the state's topography. There are more than 30 islands within the bay; the largest is Aquidneck Island which holds the municipalities of Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth. The second-largest island is Conanicut, and the third is Prudence. Block Island lies about 12 miles (19 km) off the southern coast of the mainland and separates Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean proper. A rare type of rock called Cumberlandite is found only in Rhode Island (specifically in the town of Cumberland) and is the state rock. There were initially two known deposits of the mineral, but it is an ore of iron and one of the deposits was extensively mined for its ferrous content. Most of Rhode Island has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The southern coastal portions of the state are the broad transition zone into subtropical climates, with hot summers and cool winters with a mix of rain and snow.