List of counties in Rhode Island


List of counties in Rhode Island
Timeline of the counties of Rhode Island

This is a list of the five counties in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island is tied with Hawaii for having the second lowest number of counties of any U.S. state (only Delaware has fewer, with three counties).[1] Although Rhode Island is divided into counties, it does not have any local government at the county level.[2] Instead, local governance is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns.[3] 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 often 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 Independence.[2]

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 entry.[4] 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.

Alphabetical list

County
FIPS Code[5] County Seat[6]
(defunct)
Created
[2]
Origin
[7]
Etymology
Population
(2010) [8]
Land 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 &1000000000004987500000049,875 &1000000000000002400000024 sq mi
(&1000000000000006200000062 km2)
State map highlighting Bristol County
Kent County 003 East Greenwich 1750 Created from part of Providence County. County of Kent, England &10000000000166158000000166,158 &10000000000000168000000168 sq mi
(&10000000000000435000000435 km2)
State map highlighting Kent County
Newport County 005 Newport 1703 Formed as Rhode Island County in 1703. Renamed Newport County in 1729 Town (now city) of Newport, Wales &1000000000008288800000082,888 &10000000000000102000000102 sq mi
(&10000000000000264000000264 km2)
State map highlighting Newport County
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 &10000000000626667000000626,667 &10000000000000409000000409 sq mi
(&100000000000010590000001,059 km2)
State map highlighting Providence County
Washington County 009 Wakefield[2] 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 &10000000000126979000000126,979 &10000000000000329000000329 sq mi
(&10000000000000852000000852 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County

References

Rhode Island County Map



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