Rhode Island is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It is the smallest state in the country by land area and is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population of Rhode Island in 2020 was 1,097,379.
The capital of Rhode Island is Providence, and the estimated population of Providence in 2020 was 179,335.
The most populous city in Rhode Island is also Providence, which is home to about one-sixth of the state’s population.
Rhode Island was one of the original 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in 1776, and it played an important role in the American Revolution. Rhode Island was the first colony to declare independence from British rule, and it was also the last state to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1790.
Rhode Island was founded by Roger Williams, a religious dissenter who was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his beliefs. Williams established the settlement of Providence in 1636, and other colonies soon followed, including Portsmouth and Newport.
Rhode Island was also a center of the American slave trade in the 18th century, and the state’s economy was largely based on shipping and manufacturing. The state was home to many important mills and factories, including textile mills in Pawtucket and Providence.
During the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island was a hub of innovation and invention, and the state was home to many important inventors and entrepreneurs, including Samuel Slater, who brought the textile industry to the United States.
In the 20th century, Rhode Island remained an important center of manufacturing, but the state also developed a thriving tourism industry, with many visitors flocking to the state’s beautiful beaches and historic sites.
Today, Rhode Island is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene, as well as its beautiful natural landscapes and historic landmarks. The state is home to many important museums, galleries, and performance venues, as well as a thriving food and drink scene.