Covering an area of only 3,144 sq. km, the State of Rhode Island is located in the northeastern (New England) region of the United States.
From the tooth-edged coastline and coastal lowlands, the land of Rhode Island rises gently into the rolling hills in the central and northern parts of the state.
As observed on the map, the state is mostly flat and has no real mountains. However, in the northwestern part of the state, in the New England Uplands is Jerimoth Hill – which rises to an elevation of 812ft (247m) and is Rhode Island’s highest point.
The significant rivers of Rhode Island include the Blackstone, Pawcatuck, Pawtuxet, Sakonnet, Woonasquatucket, and Wood rivers. The Scituate Reservoir is the state’s largest inland body of water.
Rhode Island's most distinctive feature is Narragansett Bay, which is a northern extension of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay contains more than 30 islands. The Aquidneck Island (or Newport) is the bay’s largest island, followed by Conanicut (the 2nd largest), and Prudence (the 3rd largest) Islands.
About 12 miles south of the mainland, the isolated Block Island is known for its windswept land and rugged coastal bluffs. The state’s lowest point is at the Atlantic Ocean (0ft).
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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This page was last updated on February 25, 2021