List of counties in Rhode Island


This is a list of the five counties in the US state of Rhode Island Rhode Island is tied with Hawaii for having the second-lowest number of counties of any US state only Delaware has fewer, with three counties1 Although Rhode Island is divided into counties, it does not have any local government at the county level2 Instead, local governance is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns3 Counties in Rhode Island have had no governmental functions since 1846 other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government

Within Rhode Island, Washington County is colloquially referred to as South County

The colony of Rhode Island was established in the 17th century, and was the first of the thirteen original American colonies to declare independence from British rule in 1776, signaling the start of the American Revolution The counties were all established before the Declaration of Independence2

The Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS code, which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry4 Rhode Island's code is 44, which when combined with any county code would be written as 44XXX The FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county

Contents

  • 1 Alphabetical list
    • 11 Note
  • 2 References

Alphabetical listedit

County
FIPS County Code
5
County Seat
6
Established
2
Origin
7
Etymology
Population
8
Area
8
Map
Bristol County 001 Bristol 1747 Created from land gained from Bristol County, Massachusetts after resolution of a boundary dispute between the two colonies City of Bristol, England 7004498750000000000♠49,875 7001240000000000000♠24 sq mi
7001620000000000000♠62 km2
Kent County 003 East Greenwich 1750 Created from part of Providence County County of Kent, England 7005166158000000000♠166,158 7002168000000000000♠168 sq mi
7002435000000000000♠435 km2
Newport County 005 Newport 1703 Formed as Rhode Island County in 1703 Renamed Newport County in 1729 Town of Newport, Essex 7004828880000000000♠82,888 7002102000000000000♠102 sq mi
7002264000000000000♠264 km2
Providence County 007 Providence 1703 Formed in 1703 as Providence Plantations County Renamed Providence County in 1729 Divine Providence, a concept reflecting the religious nature of colonial founder Roger Williams 7005626667000000000♠626,667 7002409000000000000♠409 sq mi
7003105900000000000♠1,059 km2
Washington County 009 South Kingstown 1729 Formed in 1729 as Kings County from part of Providence Plantations County Renamed Washington County in 1781 George Washington, American Revolutionary War general and first President of the USA 7005126979000000000♠126,979 7002329000000000000♠329 sq mi
7002852000000000000♠852 km2

Noteedit

  • The county seat of Washington County before county government was abolished is often referred to as West Kingston In reality, West Kingston, a village of South Kingstown, does not have its own local government, but because the courthouse was located in West Kingston's zip code, it has become known as the county seat

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State" 2000 Archived from the original on 2009-04-22 Retrieved 2009-08-26 
  2. ^ a b c National Association of Counties "NACo – Find a county" Archived from the original on 2007-09-30 Retrieved 2007-04-26 
  3. ^ "Know Rhode Island" Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State Retrieved 2007-08-07 
  4. ^ "FIPS Publish 6-4" National Institute of Standards and Technology Retrieved 2007-04-11 
  5. ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" EPA Archived from the original on 2004-09-22 Retrieved 2007-04-09 
  6. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Laws, Chap 42-3" 
  7. ^ "Rhode Island Counties and Towns" 2002-12-19 Retrieved 2007-07-08 
  8. ^ a b "Rhode Island QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau" State & County QuickFacts Archived from the original on 2011-11-03 Retrieved 2011-10-27 


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