Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States, located in New England. Massachusetts borders it to the north, Connecticut to the west and east, and Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound to the south. The land area of Rhode Island is 1,214 square miles.
The terrain of Rhode Island varies across its length and breadth. Its western border with Connecticut has rolling hills, while its inland areas contain small ponds and wetlands. The northern part of Rhode Island is home to two major rivers: Pawcatuck and Seekonk. These two rivers merge at Providence before draining into Narragansett Bay. Worden's Pond is the largest natural freshwater body in Rhode Island, near South Kingstown.
Most of Rhode Island consists of low-lying coastal plains; however, several prominent uplands, including Blackstone Valley, divide these lowlands. In addition to its coastline on both Narragansett Bay and Block Island Sound, Rhode Island also contains nearly 400 islands within its borders, most notably Aquidneck Island, which houses the city of Newport.
The climate in Rhode Island differs from other parts of New England due to factors such as Atlantic Ocean currents and proximity to water bodies like Narragansett Bay. These variables make summer temperatures slightly warmer than in other parts of New England, while winter temperatures remain milder. In addition, Rhode island receives an average annual rainfall between 42-46 inches per year, which helps support a variety of vegetation types that consist primarily of deciduous trees such as red oak, white oak, and American beech trees.
The State of Rhode Island is divided into 5 counties. In alphabetical order, these counties are: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, Washington.
With an area of only 3,144 sq. km, Rhode Island is the smallest and the 7th least populous state in the USA. Located in Providence County, near the Narragansett Bay at the mouth of the Providence River is Providence – the capital, the largest, and the most populous city of Rhode Island. It is one of the oldest cities in America. The capital city serves as a major seaport and is also one of the New England’s financial, commercial and industrial centers as well as the largest jewelry manufacturers in the United States.
The State of Rhode Island is located in the northeastern (New England) region of the United States. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut in the west; by Massachusetts in the north and east; and by Block Island Sound and Rhode Island Sound (both extensions of the Atlantic Ocean) in the south. Rhode Island also shares its maritime border with the State of New York, between Long Island and Block Island.
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