Contrary to popular belief, Rhode Island is not located in New York. Or is it? Turns out there is actually a place in New York called Rhode Island. There's also one in Texas.
Rhode Island, officially known as the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, has the longest name of any of the states. Efforts have occasionally been put forth to remove the "Plantations" part because of perceived associations with slavery, but so far without success. A 2009 public referendum failed 78% to 22%.
Rhode Island is one of only two states that begin with a double consonant. The other is Florida. (While it's true that the letter Y can be used as either a vowel or a consonant, in Wyoming it's a vowel).
Rhode Island's State Motto, "Hope," is the shortest of all of the states.
As most of us know, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the union. 547.09 Rhode Islands could fit inside the biggest state, Alaska.
If the United States were divided into states the size of Rhode Island, we'd have 3,131.5 states.
While Rhode Island is only thirty-seven miles wide and forty-eight miles tall, its many bays, coves, and offshore islands give it a tidal shoreline that measures 384 miles in length. Forty miles of that is coastal, placing Rhode Island in twentieth place among the states.
Rhode Island is the second most densely populated state with an average of 1,021 persons per square mile (based on 2010 census figures). New Jersey ranks first (Well done NJ!) with 1,210 persons per square mile.
About seventy-seven percent of Rhode Island's inhabitants live within a fifteen-mile radius of Providence, the capital city.