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Offical Name The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Nicknames Little Rhody, The Ocean State
Abbreviations RI, US-RI
Origin of Name Probably after the Greek island of Rhodes

Official Language None
Admission to Union 29 May 1790
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site www.ri.gov

Capital Providence
Largest City Providence
Population 1,048,319 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: nursery stock, vegetables, dairy products, eggs

Industry: health services, tourism, textiles, fashion jewelry, fabricated metal products, electric equipment, machinery, shipbuilding and boatbuilding

Area 1,214 square miles (3,144 km2)
Major Rivers Sakonnet River
Major Lakes Scituate Reservoir
Highest Point Jerimoth Hill - 812 feet (247 meters)
Bordering States Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound, Atlantic Ocean

Flag Rhode Island Flag
Motto Hope
Song Rhode Island, It's for Me
March Rhode Island
American Folk Art The Charles I.D. Looff Carousel
Bird Rhode Island Red
Fish Striped Bass
Shell Quahaug
Flower Violet
Fruit Rhode Island Greening
Tree Red Maple
Drink Coffee Milk
Rock Cumberlandite
Mineral Bowenite
Flagship and Tall Ship Ambassador Replica of the Continental Sloop Providence
Yacht Courageous
Tartan The State of Rhode Island Tartan

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