Rhode Island State Facts and Symbols

Rhode Island became the 13th state in 1790 and is the 44th largest state by population with about 1 million residents. It is also the 50th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 1,545 square miles. Providence, the state's capital city, is Rhode Island's largest city with a population of approximately 170,000 people.

Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island, named the spot where he landed "Providence", after a phrase that said "God's merciful providence."

Included below are more facts and symbols, a state map, the state song and views of the Rhode Island State Quarter.



Rhode Island State Flag

Rhode Island State Flag


Rhode Island State Facts

Rhode Island State Capital - Providence

State Motto - "Hope"

State Flower - The Violet

State Tree - Red Maple

State Bird - Rhode Island Red

State Fish - Striped Bass

State Mineral - Bowenite

State Rock or Stone - Cumberlandite

State Shell - Quahog

State Fruit - Greening Apple



Rhode Island State Map:

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Rhode Island State Map


Rhode Island State Song:

Rhode Island State Song
Lyrics by Charlie Hall
Music by Maria Day
Arranged by Kathryn Chester

I've been to every state we have
and I think that I'm inclined to say
that Rhody stole my heart
You can keep the forty nine

Herring gulls that dot the sky,
blue waves that paint the rocks,
waters rich with Neptune's life,
the boats that line the docks,
I see the lighthouse flickering
to help the sailors see.
There's a place for everyone:
Rhode Island's it for me.

Rhode Island, oh, Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island's it for me.

I love the fresh October days,
the buzz on College Hill,
art that moves an eye to tear,
a jeweler's special skill.
Icicles refract the sun,
snow falling gracefully.
Some search for a place that's warm:
Rhode Island's it for me.

Rhode Island, oh, Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island's it for me.

The skyline piercing Providence,
the State House dome so rare,
residents who speak their minds;
No longer unaware!
Roger Williams would be proud to see
his "colony"
so don't sell short this precious port:
Rhode Island's it for me.

Rhode Island, oh, Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home;
Rhode Island's it for me.

Rhode Island, oh, Rhode Island
surrounded by the sea.
Some people roam the earth for home:
Rhode Island's it for me!




Rhode Island State Quarter

Rhode Island State Quarter - FrontRhode Island State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)





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