Counties of Rhode Island
Location State of Rhode Island
Number 5
Populations 50,818 (Bristol) – 658,221 (Providence)
Areas 24 square miles (62 km2) (Bristol) – 409 square miles (1,060 km2) (Providence)
Government County government (defunct since 1846)
Subdivisions cities, towns, villages, unincorporated communities, census designated places

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-fewest 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 colloquially referred to as South County.[4]

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, during the American Revolution and the last to ratify the Constitution. 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.[5] 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
County town
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, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&050818.&&&&&050,818 &&&&&&&&&&&&&024.&&&&&024 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&&062.&&&&&062 km2)
State map highlighting Bristol County
Kent County 003 East Greenwich 1750 Created from part of Providence County. County of Kent, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&0170715.&&&&&0170,715 &&&&&&&&&&&&0168.&&&&&0168 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0435.&&&&&0435 km2)
State map highlighting Kent County
Newport County 005 Newport 1703 Formed as Rhode Island County in 1703. Renamed Newport County in 1729 Town of Newport, United Kingdom &&&&&&&&&&085264.&&&&&085,264 &&&&&&&&&&&&0102.&&&&&0102 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0264.&&&&&0264 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 &&&&&&&&&0658221.&&&&&0658,221 &&&&&&&&&&&&0409.&&&&&0409 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01059.&&&&&01,059 km2)
State map highlighting Providence County
Washington County 009 South Kingstown* 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 United States &&&&&&&&&0130592.&&&&&0130,592 &&&&&&&&&&&&0329.&&&&&0329 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0852.&&&&&0852 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County


  • The county seat of Washington County (before county government was abolished) is often referred to as West Kingston. In reality, West Kingston, a village of South Kingstown, does not have its own local government, but because the courthouse was located in West Kingston's zip code, it has become known as the county seat.


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