Rhode Island Education and State Information

Known as the Ocean State, Rhode Island is a popular vacation spot, with luxurious resorts in Newport and on Block Island. The state has approximately 15 nonprofit postsecondary schools, including Brown University and the University of Rhode Island.

Information About Rhode Island

At just over 1,000 square miles, Rhode Island is the smallest of the U.S. states, but it ranks second in population density, with an estimated population of more than 1.05 million in 2015, based on U.S. Census Bureau figures.

The Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean moderate the frigid winters and balmy summers of Rhode Island. The state's weather, paired with its long shoreline, make it a popular summer vacation spot. Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities in Rhode Island. Additionally, the state hosts the Pawtucket Red Sox, a Triple-A affiliate of MLB's Boston Red Sox, and the Providence Bruins, the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

Education in Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island, is home to Brown University, ranked the 14th best national university by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. Additionally, U.S. News ranked Providence College the second-best regional university in the North, while Bryant University in Smithfield, Roger Williams University in Bristol and Salve Regina University in Newport were rated 11th, 36th and 36th, respectively, in this same category.

With more than 17,500 students in Fall 2014, the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick is one of the state's largest schools, followed by the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Brown University and Rhode Island College in Providence.

Economy of Rhode Island

As of 2015, health services was the largest industry in Rhode Island, with Providence's Roger Williams Medical Center and Hasbro Children's Hospital as some of the state's top employers. Other major employers in Rhode Island include the Corporation of Brown University and CVS Caremark Corp, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Woonsocket.

Tourism and manufacturing also play prominent roles in the state's economy. Rhode Island is one of the country's leading producers of costume jewelry, while other industrial output includes electrical equipment and fabricated metal products.

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