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 39 incorporated municipalities, including 8 cities and 31 towns, grouped into 5 historic counties which have no government.[2] The entire area of the state is governed by town administrations except for areas within the boundaries of cities.[3]

Municipalities in Rhode Island can incorporate by a special act of the state legislature and there is no minimum population requirement.[3] Eight of these municipalities were re-incorporated as cities operating under a charter, while the other thirty-one remain as towns.[3] Rhode Island has no county level of government and cities provide services commonly granted to county governments in other states. [3]

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]

  State capital State capital

Name Type[1] County[1] Date incorporated[a]

[4][5]

Form of government[4] 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 1746 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 Mayor-council 19,376 18,928 +2.4% 1.20 3.1 16,146.7/sq mi (6,234.3/km2)
Charlestown 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 1743[b] Council-manager 35,014 33,668 +4.0% 59.05 152.9 593.0/sq mi (228.9/km2)
Cranston City Providence 1910 Mayor-council 80,387 79,269 +1.4% 28.34 73.4 2,836.5/sq mi (1,095.2/km2)
Cumberland Town Providence 1746 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[c] Council-manager 13,146 12,948 +1.5% 16.39 42.4 802.1/sq mi (309.7/km2)
East Providence City Providence 1958 Council-manager 47,037 48,688 −3.4% 13.24 34.3 3,552.6/sq mi (1,371.7/km2)
Exeter Town Washington 1641[d] 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 1730-1731 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 Council-manager 21,105 20,898 +1.0% 18.12 46.9 1,164.7/sq mi (449.7/km2)
Little Compton Town Newport 1746 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 Council-manager 15,868 16,361 −3.0% 13.89 36.0 1,142.4/sq mi (441.1/km2)
Newport City Newport 1784[e] 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 Council-manager 11,967 10,618 +12.7% 23.80 61.6 502.8/sq mi (194.1/km2)
Pawtucket City Providence 1954 Mayor-council 71,148 72,958 −2.5% 8.68 22.5 8,196.8/sq mi (3,164.8/km2)
Portsmouth Town Newport 1640[f] Council-manager 17,389 17,149 +1.4% 22.98 59.5 756.7/sq mi (292.2/km2)
ProvidenceState capital City Providence 1832 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[g] Council-manager 30,639 27,921 +9.7% 56.45 146.2 542.8/sq mi (209.6/km2)
Tiverton Town Newport 1746 Town meeting 15,780 15,260 +3.4% 29.05 75.2 543.2/sq mi (209.7/km2)
Warren Town Bristol 1747 Council-manager 10,611 11,360 −6.6% 6.12 15.9 1,733.8/sq mi (669.4/km2)
Warwick City Kent 1931 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 Council-manager 29,191 29,581 −1.3% 7.79 20.2 3,747.2/sq mi (1,446.8/km2)
Woonsocket City Providence 1888 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)

See also[edit]

Municipalities in Rhode Island by County
Municipalities in Rhode Island by County

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Refers to the date of incorporation of the current municipal status.
  2. ^ There is a discrepancy in dates from the two provided sources, with the Snow (1865) source listing the incorporation date as 1741.
  3. ^ This date is only found in the Snow (1865) source and is absent in the Government of Rhode Island source.
  4. ^ There is a discrepancy in dates from the two provided sources, with the Snow (1865) source listing the incorporation date as 1742-1743.
  5. ^ This date is only found in the Snow (1865) source and is absent in the Snow (1865) source.
  6. ^ This date is only found in the Snow (1865) source and is absent in the Government of Rhode Island source.
  7. ^ There is a discrepancy in dates from the two provided sources, with the Snow (1865) source listing the incorporation date as 1722.

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