List of counties in Rhode Islandalphabetical list of counties in rhode island, 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
- 1 Alphabetical list
- 11 Note
- 2 References
||FIPS County Code
|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
|Kent County||003||East Greenwich||1750||Created from part of Providence County||County of Kent, England||7005166158000000000♠166,158||7002168000000000000♠168 sq mi
|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
|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
|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
- 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
- ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State" 2000 Archived from the original on 2009-04-22 Retrieved 2009-08-26
- ^ a b c National Association of Counties "NACo – Find a county" Archived from the original on 2007-09-30 Retrieved 2007-04-26
- ^ "Know Rhode Island" Rhode Island Office of the Secretary of State Retrieved 2007-08-07
- ^ "FIPS Publish 6-4" National Institute of Standards and Technology Retrieved 2007-04-11
- ^ "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" EPA Archived from the original on 2004-09-22 Retrieved 2007-04-09
- ^ "State of Rhode Island General Laws, Chap 42-3"
- ^ "Rhode Island Counties and Towns" 2002-12-19 Retrieved 2007-07-08
- ^ 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
|Regions||Counties Bristol Kent Newport Providence Washington Geographic Blackstone Valley Block Island Historic Regions Rhode Island Providence Plantations|
|Federal district||Washington, DC|
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