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Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the 43rd most populous and the 50th largest (1,034 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Providence (please see the above image). Majority of occupations in Rhode Island is management and professional (36.00%), followed by sales and office (25.80%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Rhode Island is also known as the Little Rhody and Ocean State
  2. Rhode Island has one of the lowest carbon dioxide emissions, in metric tons per capita
  3. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned firms (0.00% vs. national average 0.10%)
  4. Rhode Island has one of the lowest carcinogen releases, in pounds
  5. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of damages resulting from storm events (482,500 compared to USA average 11,013,847)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Rhode Island population was 1,051,511 which ranks the 43rd of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Rhode Island is Providence. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is -0.10%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Rhode Island population represents only 0.33% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

Rhode Island total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Rhode Island (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 85.60%
  • Black or African American 7.50%
  • Asian ethnicity 3.30%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.50%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.20%

The following chart compares Rhode Island population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Rhode Island population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 5.20% of Rhode Island population are under 5 years old, 20.40% are under 18 years and 15.50% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 21.00% of Rhode Island population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.60% which is slightly more than male population. Rhode Island female population number ranks the 3rd nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Rhode Island and the USA.

Female and male population in Rhode Island vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 84.80% which is lower than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 30.80%, higher than national median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 61.20% which is lower than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 13.20% which is lower than US average of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Rhode Island Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 0.03% of total land area
  • Rhode Island has more population density than the USA average (1018.1 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Rhode Island is higher by 1.01 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Rhode Island land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Rhode Island USA
Land area (square miles) 1,033.81 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 1018.1 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 79.9 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Rhode Island unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 7.40% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Rhode Island is $8.00 per hour, which ranks the 14th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Rhode Island based on Census 2010
Occupation Rhode Island USA
Management or professional-related job 36.00% 34.90%
Service-related job 18.00% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.80% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.30% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 7.90% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 12.00% 12.50%
Comparison of Rhode Island Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Rhode Island usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Rhode Island was 23.4 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 3.30%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.40%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 2.10%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.00%, lower than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 6.00%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 27.30%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Rhode Island is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Rhode Island USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 12,061,517 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 9,182,788 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 12,286,485 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 2,148,674 613,795,732
Rhode Island Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $11,646.00, which is lower than national average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Rhode Island was 731.

Interesting Facts and Statistics (continued)

  1. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of storm events (63 vs. national median 1,137)
  2. Rhode Island has one of the lowest land area, in sqm (1,034 whereas USA average 3,531,905)
  3. Rhode Island has one of the lowest lead releases, in pounds
  4. Rhode Island has one of the lowest injury rates resulting from storm events (0 while USA median 84)
  5. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of population under 18 years old (20.40% whereas USA average 23.30%)
  6. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of population under 5 years old (5.20% while country median 6.30%)
  7. Rhode Island has one of the lowest mercury releases, per 1000 population
  8. Rhode Island has one of the highest number of female population (51.60% vs. national median 50.80%)
  9. Rhode Island has one of the lowest percentage of population change (-0.10% while USA average 2.40%)
  10. Rhode Island has one of the highest population density, in people per sqm (1,018 vs. national average 87)
  11. Rhode Island has one of the lowest number of building permits (731 while national average 829,658)

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