Rhode Island at a Glance
Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state in terms of land area, and the 43rd largest in population, with a little over 1 million residents (1,055,173). The state has a median household income of $87,793, and a median age of 39.4 years old.
Rhode Island is located in New England. It is bordered by Connecticut, Massachusetts, and shares a water boundary with New York state (Long Island). The state was the first of the original 13 colonies to declare itself independent from British rule. The capital of Rhode Island is Providence, which is also the largest city.
Rhode Island & Economy
Rhode Islands largest industry is health services, followed by tourism and manufacturing. Popular occupations in the state include textile machine operators, jewelers and precious stone and metal workers, and architecture teachers. The minimum wage in Rhode Island is currently at $9 per hour.
Rhode Island Unemployment Rate
Rhode Islands unemployment rate is 6.8%, higher than the national average of 5.6%.