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Rhode Island, officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, is not an island. It is the smallest of the 50 US states by area, situated on the East Coast of the United States in the New England Region. Compared it is just about twice the size of the city of Phoenix in Arizona.
Rhode Island has land borders with only two other states, on the north and east with Massachusetts and in west with Connecticut, in the south the state is bounded by the straits of Block Island Sound and Rhode Island Sound. It shares a short maritime border with New York State between Block Island, RI and Long Island, NY. Narragansett Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean extends deep into the south eastern portion of the state.
Rhode Island covers a total area of 3,999 km² (1,544 sq mi) , thereof consists one-third of water (1,324 km² or 511 sq mi). This might be the reason for its official nickname "The Ocean State", the other one is 'Little Rhody'. It is the smallest US state in area. Compared with other US states, Rhode Island would fit into New Jersey 7 times and into Texas 222 times.
Rhode Island consists of 5 counties, 4 major islands and 1 estuary (Narragansett Bay).
The five counties are (ordered by their population (in 2015)) Providence County (633,500), Kent County (164,800), Washington County (126,500), Newport County (82,400), and Bristol County (49,100).
More than half of the state is covered with forests.
Image: Rob WeirThe islands are Aquidneck Island (officially Rhode Island), Conanicut, Prudence and Block Island.
Major rivers are, the Pawcatuck River which flows into the Little Narragansett Bay, its source is Worden Pond, the Wood River is a major tributary of the Pawcatuck River, the North Branch Pawtuxet River feeds the Scituate Reservoir, Blackstone River (once the most polluted river in the country), Sakonnet river (an estuary or tidal strait).
Rhode Island is home to more than 200 inland ponds and lakes of varying sizes, most of them man-made. Largest inland body of water is the Scituate Reservoir fed by precipitation and several streams, it is the primary drinking water supply for the city of Providence and surrounding towns.
Worden Pond is a medium-sized natural freshwater lake in Washington County, it is the source for the Pawcatuck River. Ninigret Pond is the largest of the nine lagoons, or "salt ponds", in southern Rhode Island, other major salt ponds are Potter Pond, Point Judith Pond, Trustum Pond, Green Hill Pond, Quonochontaug Pond, and the Winnpaug Pond.
Rhode Island's landscape is quite flat, it has no real mountains. The state's highest natural point is Jerimoth Hill at 247 m (812 feet) above sea level within the New England Upland in Western Rhode Island.
Rhode Island is heavily urbanized in its eastern half, with the exception of a portion of Newport County between the Sakonnet River and the Massachusetts state border. It is the second most densely populated state in the US (after New Jersey), with a population of 1,056,000 people (43rd in the US; 2018 est.). 
Largest city and state capital is Providence (pop. 179,200, in 2015), largest metropolitan area is Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metro with a population of 1.6 million people, approximately 600,000 inhabitants more than Rhode Island itself, because of the metro's expansion into southern Massachusetts.
Other major cities are Warwick (pop. 81,700), Cranston (pop. 81,000), Pawtucket (pop. 71,600), East Providence, Woonsocket and the port city of Newport.
Busiest airport in the state is Providence/Warwick Theodore Francis Green State Airport (IATA code: PVD).
Cities and Towns in Rhode Island
The map shows the location of following cities and towns in Rhode Island:
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Largest cities in Rhode Island with a population of more than 40,000:
Providence (179,200), Warwick (81,700), Cranston (81,000), Pawtucket (71,600), East Providence (47,000), Woonsocket (41,200)
Population figures in 2015
Other cities and towns in Rhode Island:
Bristol, East Greenwich, Hope Valley, Kingston, New Shoreham, Newport, North Providence, Pascoag, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Wakefield, Warren, West Warwick, and Westerly.
The detailed map below is showing the US state of Rhode Island with boundaries, the location of the state capital Providence, major cities and populated places, rivers, streams, and lakes, interstate highways, principal highways, and railroads.
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