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|Demonym:||Rhode Islander||Population:||Ranked 43rd in the US 1,048,319|
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Get to know our smallest state!
Rhode Island lies in the northeastern part of the United States. It is bordered on the west by Connecticut and on the north and east by Massachusetts. The southern edge of the state fronts on the Atlantic Ocean. When the many bays, coves, and offshore islands are included, the state's total coastline measures more than 400 miles (640 kilometers). Narragansett Bay forms a deep 28-mile (45-kilometer) wedge into the state. The state's many islands include Aquidneck, Conanicut, Block, Prudence, Dutch, and Hog.
The greatest length of Rhode Island from north to south is 48 miles (77 kilometers). The state's greatest width from east to west is 37 miles (60 kilometers). The total area of Rhode Island is 1,214 square miles (3,144 square kilometers), including 165 square miles (427 square kilometers) of inland water surface. Natural Regions
During the Ice Age Rhode Island was covered by glaciers. These great ice sheets helped shape the physical features of all the New England states. As a result the natural regions of Rhode Island are also found in several neighboring states.
Water is Rhode Island's most abundant natural resource. Waterpower supplied by the state's many small streams was once used by the textile mills. Today most of Rhode Island's textile mills are powered by steam and electricity, but they continue to use billions of gallons of fresh stream water each year. Narragansett Bay forms an open door for trade on the Atlantic Ocean. It is also a popular recreational area that attracts many tourists. Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean are the centers of the state's valuable fisheries. Only a small part of Rhode Island's soil is good for crops and pasture. More than 60 percent of the land is forested, but the trees yield little useful timber. The chief commercial trees include maple, ash, oak, birch, willow, elm, and pine.
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