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History and Facts of Rhode Island Counties

Rhode Island Counties – The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations was established in 1636. It was Chartered as an English colony in 1644. The Colony of Rhode Island was Disestablished in 1776. The State of Rhode Island was admitted the union as the 13th state on May 29, 1790.

Rhode Island currently has 5 Counties. States bordering Rhode Island are Connecticut  and Massachusetts.

In 1703 the first Rhode Island counties were formed. They were Providence County and Newport County.

The last county to be formed was Kent County in 1750.

List of Rhode Island Counties

Rhode Island is divided into 5 counties.

List of Old Former / Extinct Rhode Island Counties

Rhode Island has counties that no longer are in existence. A lot of these counties were established and disbanded within the 19th century; county borders have modified very little since 1900 in the vast most of states.

The below Rhode Island counties no longer exist:

?? County, Rhode Island

Created ? from ?. It was abolished ? and re-established as ? County on ?.

  • King’s County was created on 22 Jun 1703 from Colonial lands, renamed Washington County in 1781.
  • Providence Plantations was created in 1636 from Colonial lands, renamed Providence County in 1703
  • Rhode Island County was created in 1636 from Colonial lands, renamed Newport County in 1729
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Map of Rhode Island County Boundary Changes from 1643 to 1963

This Interactive Map of Rhode Island Counties show the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of Rhode Island from 1643-1963.

Fun Facts about Rhode Island Counties

County Name Facts

The County names:

  • 0 of them named for Native American words or people,
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Counties by Year

In 1703 the first Rhode Island counties were formed. They were Providence County and Newport County.

The last county to be formed was Kent County in 1750.

  • ? County was the first county created on ?.
  •  The last county to be formed was ? County on ?.
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Facts for County Size

  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the largest county in Rhode Island.
  • ? County (000 sq mi) is the smallest county in Rhode Island.

Facts for County Population (2017 Est.)

  • ? County (000) is the most populated county in Rhode Island.
  • ? County (000) is the least populated county in Rhode Island.

Facts for Rhode Island Counties and Cities

Rhode Island’s 10 largest cities (2010) are:

  1. Birmingham (000) is in ? County and ? Counties
  2. Providence (Capital), Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport and Central Falls