List of municipalities in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is a state located in New England, United States. According to the 2010 United States Census, Rhode Island is the 8th least populous state with 1,052,931 inhabitants and the smallest by land area spanning 1,544.89 square miles (4,001.2 km2) of land. Rhode Island is divided into 5 counties and contains 39 incorporated municipalities consisting of cities and towns. Eight of these municipalities were re-incorporated as cities, while the other 31 remain as towns.
Towns in Rhode Island can adopt a city form of government without the need to re-incorporate as a city. Some Rhode Island cities and towns also contain named localities known as villages that reflect historic settlements. Notable villages include Kingston, in the town of South Kingstown, which houses the University of Rhode Island, and Wickford, in North Kingstown, the site of an annual international art festival. Villages have no separate corporate existence from the town or city they are located in. 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.
Downtown Providence, the capital and most populous city in Rhode Island
City Hall of Warwick, the second most populous city in Rhode Island
Areal view of Cranston, the third most populous city in Rhode Island
Downtown Pawtucket, the fourth most populous city in Rhode Island
|Name||Type||County||Date incorporated||Date re-inc as a city||Form of government||Population|
|Little Compton||Town||Newport||1747||—||Town meeting||3,492|
|New Shoreham (Block Island)||Town||Washington||1672||—||Council-manager||1,051|
|Newport||City||Newport||1639 (original town)||1784/1853||Council-manager||24,672|
|Portsmouth||Town||Newport||1638 (original town)||—||Council-manager||17,389|
|Providence||City||Providence||1636 (original town)||1832||Mayor-council||178,042|
|Warwick||City||Kent||1642 (original town)||1931||Mayor-council||82,672|
|West Greenwich||Town||Kent||1741||—||Town meeting||6,135|
Notes and references
- "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.
- "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.
- "State and Community Profiles". Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
- 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.
- Refers to date the town was formally annexed by Rhode Island from Massachusetts
- Clarence Saunders Brigham, Frank Greene Bates (1904). Report on the Archives of Rhode Island. G.P.O. p. 643.
- Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton are often collectively referred to as Chariho, the name given to their regional school district in 1958.
- Town was organized in 1647
- Town of West Warwick
- Complete List of all 39 Towns and Cities in RI (ri.gov)
- State and Community Profiles from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation includes interactive map of town and city boundaries.