Rhode Island



Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,[9] is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, following New Jersey. Its official name is also the longest of any state in the Union. Rhode Island is bordered by Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. The state also shares a short maritime border with New York.

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Census Data

Population estimates, July 1, 2016, (V2016)1,056,426
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2016)1,052,940
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2016, (V2016)0.30
Population, Census, April 1, 20101,052,567
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent, April 1, 20105.50
Persons under 18 years, percent, April 1, 201021.30
Persons 65 years and over, percent, April 1, 201014.40
Female persons, percent, April 1, 201051.70
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent, April 1, 201081.40
Black or African American alone, percent, April 1, 20105.70
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, April 1, 20100.60
Asian alone, percent, April 1, 20102.90
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, April 1, 20100.10
Two or More Races, percent, April 1, 20103.30
Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 2010 (b)12.40
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent, April 1, 201076.40
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2011-201566,076
Foreign born persons, percent, 2011-201513.30
Housing units, April 1, 2010463,388
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2011-201560.10
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2011-2015238,000
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2011-20151,815
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2011-2015682
Median gross rent, 2011-2015925
Families and Living Arrangements
Households, 2011-2015410,602
Persons per household, 2011-2015246.00
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2011-201586.60
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2011-201521.40
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201586.20
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2011-201531.90
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2011-20158.90
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent6.70
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201565.50
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2011-201561.60
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)2,481,314
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000) (c)8,223,005
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000) (c)11,262,158
Total merchant wholesaler sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)22,310,389
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000) (c)12,063,865
Total retail sales per capita, 2012 (c)11,486
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2011-201524
Income and Poverty
Median household income (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201556,852
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2015 dollars), 2011-201531,118
Persons in poverty, percent13.90
All firms, 201294,642
Men-owned firms, 201254,651
Women-owned firms, 201230,484
Minority-owned firms, 201214,737
Nonminority-owned firms, 201214,737
Veteran-owned firms, 20129,904
Nonveteran-owned firms, 201279,837
Population per square mile, 20101,018
Land area in square miles, 20101,034