List of municipalities in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island is a state located in Northeastern United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Rhode Island is the 8th least populous state with 1,052,567 inhabitants and the smallest by land area spanning 1,033.81 square miles (2,677.6 km2) of land.[1] Rhode Island is divided into 5 counties and contains 39 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities and towns.[2] Towns in Rhode Island can adopt a city form of government without the need to re-incorporate as a city. Eight of these municipalities were re-incorporated as cities, while the other 31 remain as towns. Rhode Island has no county level of government and thus no county seats.

The largest municipality by population in Rhode Island is Providence, the state capital, with 178,042 residents, and the smallest municipality by population is New Shoreham with 1,051 residents.[1] Rhode Island is one of only two states (with Hawaii) in which all of the incorporated municipalities have a population greater than 1,000 people.[1] The largest municipality by land area is Coventry which spans 59.05 sq mi (152.9 km2), while Central Falls is the smallest at 1.20 sq mi (3.1 km2).[1]

List of municipalities[edit]

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Name[3] Type[1] County[1] Date incorporated[4] Form of government[3] Population
(2010)[1]
Population
(2000)[1]
Change (%) Land area
(2010)[1]
Density
sq mi km2
Barrington Town Bristol 1770 Council-manager 16,310 16,819 −3.0% 8.22 21.3 1,984.2/sq mi (766.1/km2)
Bristol Town Bristol 1747[5] Council-manager 22,954 22,469 +2.2% 9.82 25.4 2,337.5/sq mi (902.5/km2)
Burrillville Town Providence 1806 Council-manager 15,955 15,796 +1.0% 55.03 142.5 289.9/sq mi (111.9/km2)
Central Falls City Providence 1895[6] Mayor-council 19,376 18,928 +2.4% 1.20 3.1 16,146.7/sq mi (6,234.3/km2)
Charlestown[7] Town Washington 1738 Council-manager 7,827 7,859 −0.4% 36.45 94.4 214.7/sq mi (82.9/km2)
Coventry Town Kent 1741 Council-manager 35,014 33,668 +4.0% 59.05 152.9 593.0/sq mi (228.9/km2)
Cranston City Providence 1754 Mayor-council 80,387 79,269 +1.4% 28.34 73.4 2,836.5/sq mi (1,095.2/km2)
Cumberland Town Providence 1747[5] Mayor-council 33,506 31,840 +5.2% 26.45 68.5 1,266.8/sq mi (489.1/km2)
East Greenwich Town Kent 1677 Council-manager 13,146 12,948 +1.5% 16.39 42.4 802.1/sq mi (309.7/km2)
East Providence City Providence 1862[5] Council-manager 47,037 48,688 −3.4% 13.24 34.3 3,552.6/sq mi (1,371.7/km2)
Exeter Town Washington 1743 Town meeting 6,425 6,045 +6.3% 57.47 148.8 111.8/sq mi (43.2/km2)
Foster Town Providence 1781 Town meeting 4,606 4,274 +7.8% 50.80 131.6 90.7/sq mi (35.0/km2)
Glocester Town Providence 1730 Town meeting 9,746 9,948 −2.0% 54.18 140.3 179.9/sq mi (69.5/km2)
Hopkinton Town Washington 1757 Town meeting 8,188 7,836 +4.5% 42.95 111.2 190.6/sq mi (73.6/km2)
Jamestown Town Newport County 1678 Council-manager 5,405 5,622 −3.9% 9.45 24.5 572.0/sq mi (220.8/km2)
Johnston Town Providence 1759 Mayor-council 28,769 28,195 +2.0% 23.43 60.7 1,227.9/sq mi (474.1/km2)
Lincoln Town Providence 1871[6] Council-manager 21,105 20,898 +1.0% 18.12 46.9 1,164.7/sq mi (449.7/km2)
Little Compton Town Newport 1747[5] Town meeting 3,492 3,593 −2.8% 20.52 53.1 170.2/sq mi (65.7/km2)
Middletown Town Newport 1743 Council-manager 16,150 17,334 −6.8% 12.72 32.9 1,269.7/sq mi (490.2/km2)
Narragansett Town Washington 1901[6] Council-manager 15,868 16,361 −3.0% 13.89 36.0 1,142.4/sq mi (441.1/km2)
Newport City Newport 1639 Council-manager 24,672 26,475 −6.8% 7.67 19.9 3,216.7/sq mi (1,242.0/km2)
New Shoreham Town Washington 1672 Council-manager 1,051 1,010 +4.1% 9.08 23.5 115.7/sq mi (44.7/km2)
North Kingstown Town Washington 1674 Council-manager 26,486 26,326 +0.6% 43.14 111.7 614.0/sq mi (237.0/km2)
North Providence Town Providence 1765 Mayor-council 32,078 32,411 −1.0% 5.62 14.6 5,707.8/sq mi (2,203.8/km2)
North Smithfield Town Providence 1871[6] Council-manager 11,967 10,618 +12.7% 23.80 61.6 502.8/sq mi (194.1/km2)
Pawtucket City Providence 1862[5] Mayor-council 71,148 72,958 −2.5% 8.68 22.5 8,196.8/sq mi (3,164.8/km2)
Portsmouth Town Newport 1638 Council-manager 17,389 17,149 +1.4% 22.98 59.5 756.7/sq mi (292.2/km2)
ProvidenceState capital City Providence 1636 Mayor-council 178,042 173,618 +2.5% 18.40 47.7 9,676.2/sq mi (3,736.0/km2)
Richmond Town Washington 1747 Town meeting 7,708 7,222 +6.7% 40.29 104.4 191.3/sq mi (73.9/km2)
Scituate Town Providence 1730 Town meeting 10,329 10,324 0.0% 48.16 124.7 214.5/sq mi (82.8/km2)
Smithfield Town Providence 1730 Council-manager 21,430 20,613 +4.0% 26.31 68.1 814.5/sq mi (314.5/km2)
South Kingstown Town Washington 1723 Council-manager 30,639 27,921 +9.7% 56.45 146.2 542.8/sq mi (209.6/km2)
Tiverton Town Newport 1747[5] Town meeting 15,780 15,260 +3.4% 29.05 75.2 543.2/sq mi (209.7/km2)
Warren Town Bristol 1747[5] Council-manager 10,611 11,360 −6.6% 6.12 15.9 1,733.8/sq mi (669.4/km2)
Warwick City Kent 1642[8] Mayor-council 82,672 85,808 −3.7% 35.04 90.8 2,359.4/sq mi (911.0/km2)
Westerly Town Washington 1669 Council-manager 22,787 22,966 −0.8% 29.52 76.5 771.9/sq mi (298.0/km2)
West Greenwich Town Kent 1741 Town meeting 6,135 5,085 +20.6% 50.26 130.2 122.1/sq mi (47.1/km2)
West Warwick Town Kent 1913[9] Council-manager 29,191 29,581 −1.3% 7.79 20.2 3,747.2/sq mi (1,446.8/km2)
Woonsocket City Providence 1867[6] Mayor-council 41,186 43,224 −4.7% 7.74 20.0 5,321.2/sq mi (2,054.5/km2)
Total 1,052,567 1,048,319 +0.4% 1,033.82 2,677.6 1,018.13/sq mi (393.10/km2)
Municipalities in Rhode Island by County
Municipalities in Rhode Island by County

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "GCT-PH1 – Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – State — Place and (in selected states) County Subdivision". 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Rhode Island: 2010 Population and Housing Unit Counts 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). 2010 United States Census. United States Census Bureau. September 2012. p. 18. Retrieved June 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "State and Community Profiles". Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  4. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1865). Report Upon the Census of Rhode Island, 1865: With the Statistics of the Population, Agriculture, Fisheries and Manufactures of the State. University of Michigan. Rhode Island Census Board. p. xxvii. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Refers to date the town was formally annexed by Rhode Island from Massachusetts
  6. ^ a b c d e Clarence Saunders Brigham, Frank Greene Bates (1904). Report on the Archives of Rhode Island. G.P.O. p. 643. 
  7. ^ Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton are often collectively referred to as Chariho, the name given to their regional school district in 1958.
  8. ^ Town was organized in 1647
  9. ^ Town of West Warwick

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