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 has 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 government is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns.[3]

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[]

FIPS Code[5] County Seat
(2000) [8]
Bristol County 001 Bristol 1747 Created from land gained from Bristol County after resolution of a boundary dispute between the two colonies. City of Bristol, England &&&&&&&&&&050648.&&&&&050,648 &&&&&&&&&&&&&045.&&&&&045 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0117.&&&&&0117 km²)
State map highlighting Bristol County

Kent County 003 East Greenwich 1750 Created from part of Providence County. County of Kent, England &&&&&&&&&0167090.&&&&&0167,090 &&&&&&&&&&&&0188.&&&&&0188 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0487.&&&&&0487 km²)
State map highlighting Kent County

Newport County 005 Newport 1703 Formed as Rhode Island County in 1703. Renamed Newport County in 1729 City of Newport, Wales &&&&&&&&&&085433.&&&&&085,433 &&&&&&&&&&&&0314.&&&&&0314 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0813.&&&&&0813 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 &&&&&&&&&0621602.&&&&&0621,602 &&&&&&&&&&&&0436.&&&&&0436 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01129.&&&&&01,129 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. Washington County is more commonly known as "South County". George Washington, American Revolutionary War general and first President of the USA &&&&&&&&&0123546.&&&&&0123,546 &&&&&&&&&&&&0563.&&&&&0563 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01458.&&&&&01,458 km²)
State map highlighting Washington County


Rhode Island County Map

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