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Rhode Island

Rhode Island
US State
NicknameThe Ocean State
Little Rhody
Official languagesDe jure: None
De facto: English
DemonymRhode Islander
Largest citycapital
Area Ranked50th
Total1214 sq mi 1214 sqmi (3144.2 km2) km2
Width37 mi 60 km
Length48 mi 77 km
% water %
Pop. Rank43rd
Total1,052,567 (2010)
Density1012.3 /sq mi 390.78 /km2
Median income$54,619 (16th)
Highest pointJerimoth Hill
812 ft 247 m
Mean200 ft 60 m
Lowest pointAtlantic Ocean
0 ft 0 m
Other information
Admission to UnionMay 29, 1790 (13th)
GovernorLincoln Chafee (I)
Lieutenant GovernorElizabeth H. Roberts (D)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
Upper houseSenate
Lower houseHouse of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsJack Reed (D)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D)
U.S. House delegation1: David Cicilline (D)
2: James Langevin (D)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

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The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island (-enˌroʊd ˈaɪlɨnden-us-Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west and Massachusetts to the north and east, and it shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest.

Rhode Island was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence from British rule, declaring itself independent on May 4, 1776, two months before any other state and the convention. The state was also the last to ratify the United States Constitution.

Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the state's geography, since Rhode Island has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. Its land area is 1,045 square miles (2706 km2), but its total area is significantly larger.

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