Rhode Island

  • Population- 1,067,610
  • Capital- Providence
  • Largest cities– Providence, Warwick, Cranston
  • Time zone- Eastern
  • Date of Admission to the Union- May 29, 1790
  • Slogan- “Hope”
  • State website URL- www.ri.gov

In historical perspective, tiny Rhode Island is actually the state that instigated the Revolutionary War when it denied any attachment to the British Crown. Oddly enough and counter to historical trends, the Ku Klux Klan posed a significant threat in the state following the Civil War. The huge influx of immigrants through all Northeast ports also drove their ire.

Economically Rhode Island is not capable of keeping up with other state productivity levels, but they have become known for healthcare. CVS, the pharmacy giant, makes its home in Rhode Island as does Amica Mutual Insurance.

Newport is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The city, located on Aquidneck Island, is a collection of downright magnificent mansions. The properties remain largely privately owned. The stately mansions were built by the wealthy from both the south and the north. Newport is also the site for the annual Newport Jazz Festival. This music event draws thousands eager to hear the best in jazz and blues in one of the most beautiful environments in New England. In past years jazz and blues greats such as Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis have dished up legendary performances.

In recent years a surprising number of Caribbean immigrants have moved into the Newport area. The city’s White Horse Tavern was built in 1673 and has served spirits to everyone from Revolutionary era soldiers and politicians to 21 st century vacationers.

Another vacation hotspot belonging to Rhode Island is Block Island just off the coast. The island’s population explodes during the summer, but otherwise is limited. A key regatta, the Block Island Race, draws world-class sailing teams to the island for a week of competitive sailing.

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