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Washington County, Rhode Island

US county information
NameWashington County
StateRhode Island
Largest citySouth Kingstown
US Area
Total Area563 sq mi (1458.2 km2)
Land Area333 sq mi (862.5 km2)
Water Area230 sq mi (595.7 km2)
Population126979 (2010)
Density147.3/km2 (381.5/sq mi)
Congressional district2nd

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Washington County, commonly known colloquially as South County, is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Washington County borders Kent County to the north, New London County in Connecticut to the west, Suffolk County in New York to the southwest, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Newport County, Rhode Island, to the east. As of 2010, the population was 126,979.

Formed as King's County in 1729 from the southern portion of Providence County, its name was changed to Washington County in 1781.

Rhode Island counties, including Washington County, have no governmental functions {other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government).

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