Rhode Island State Facts and History

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Rhode Island Quick Facts

  • Current Governor: Gina Raimondo (Democrat)
  • Capital: Providence
  • Population:1,059,361 (2019 est.)
  • Land Area: 1,033.81 sq km
  • Water Area: 511.07 sq km
  • Total Area: 1,544.89 SQ KM
  • State Motto: “Hope”
  • Nickname: Little Rhody
  • Electoral votes: 4
  • Seats in U.S. House of Representatives: 2 (of 435)
  • State Song: “Rhode Island It’s for Me”
  • Date of Statehood: May 29, 1790
  • Time Zone: Eastern (GMT − 5 hours)
  • Official Website of Rhode Island: ri.gov
  • State abbreviation/Postal code: Ri
  • Origin of name: This state was named by Dutch explorer Adrian Block. He named it “Roodt Eylandt” meaning “red island” in reference to the red clay that lined the shore.

State Symbol of Rhode Island

State AppetizerCalamari
State BirdRhode Island red
State DrinkCoffee milk
State FlowerViolet
State FishStriped bass
State FruitRhode Island greening apple
State InsectAmerican burying beetle
State MineralBowenite
State MottoHope
State NicknameThe Ocean State
State RockCumberlandite
State ShellQuahaug
State Symbol of American Folk ArtThe Charles I.D. Looff Carousel
State Tall Ship and Flagship USSProvidence
State TreeRed maple
State YachtCourageous, US-12/26

College & Universities

Brown University
Bryant University
Community College of Rhode Island
Empire Beauty School-Providence
Empire Beauty School-Warwick
International Yacht Restoration School
Johnson & Wales University-Providence
Lincoln Technical Institute-Lincoln
New England Institute of Technology
New England Tractor Trailer Training School
Newport School of Hairdressing
Newport School of Hairdressing-Main Campus
Paul Mitchell the School-Rhode Island
Providence College
Rhode Island College
Rhode Island School of Design
Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University School of Law
Salve Regina University
Sanford-Brown Institute-Cranston
Sawyer School
St Joseph School of Nursing
University of Rhode Island

Popular Tourist Attractions

  1. Block Island Ferry
  2. WaterFire
  3. Newport Cliff Walk
  4. Roger Williams Park Zoo
  5. Watch Hill
  6. RISD Museum
  7. Narragansett Beach
  8. Marble House
  9. Sachuest Beach
  10. Colt State Park
  11. Yawgoo Valley
  12. Wright’s Dairy Farm and Bakery
  13. Prudence Island
  14. Rosecliff
  15. Providence Athenaeum
  16. Misquamicut State Beach
  17. International Tennis Hall of Fame
  18. Fort Adams State Park
  19. Beavertail Lighthouse

Famous Natives and Residents

Harry Andersonactor;
George M. Cohandramatist;
Eddie Dowlingactor and producer;
Nelson Eddybaritone;
Ann Smith Franklinpublisher;
Bobby Hacketttrumpeter;
David HartmanTV newscaster;
Ruth Husseyactress;
Anne Hutchinsonreligious leader;
Wilbur JohnQuaker leader;
Van Johnsonactor;
Galway Kinnellpoet;
Oliver La Fargewriter;
H. P. Lovecraftauthor;
Cormac McCarthywriter;
Matthew C. Perrynaval officer;
Oliver Hazard Perrynaval officer;
Anthony Quinnactor;
Gilbert Stuartpainter;
Sarah Helen (Power) Whitmanpoet;
Jemima Wilkinson religiousleader;
Roger Williamsfounder
Leonard Woodcocklabor official;
James Woodsactor.

Famous Actors And Actresses

  1. Nicholas Colasanto
  2. Jason Marsden
  3. Mena Suvari

Map of Rhode Island

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