Rhode Island Population 2013
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Rhode Island in 2013 was 1,050,292, which is ranked the 43rd largest population in the United States. This estimate shows a 0.2% increase since the last census in 2010, also conducted by the United States Census Bureau. The population density of the state is 1006 people per square mile, ranked 2nd largest density in the United States.
Rhode Island Population Projections
By the year 2015, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.046 million people, which is an approximate 0.4% decrease from the current population. By the year 2020, the population is expected to reach 1.049 million people, which is an approximate 0.1% decrease from the current population. By the year 2025, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.062 million people, which is an approximate 1.1% increase from the current population. By the year 2030, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.071 million people, which is an approximate 2% increase from the current population. By the year 2035, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.071 million people, which is an approximate 2.3% increase from the current population. By the year 2040, the population is expected to reach approximately 1.070 million people, which is an approximate 1.9% increase from the current population.
Rhode Island Land Mass
The state of Rhode Island is approximately 40 miles long and 30 miles wide with a square area of 1,545 making it the smallest state in the Untied States. Of the 1,545 square miles, 500 square miles are covered by water. The highest point in the state of Rhode Island is Jerimoth Hill in Foster, which is 812 feet above sea level. The lowest point in the state is at the Atlantic Ocean, reaching sea level. The geographic center of Rhode Island is located in Kent County, 1 mile south southwest of Crompton. Rhode Island is bordered by Massachusetts on the north and on the east. The Atlantic Ocean borders the state on the south. Lastly, the state is bordered by Connecticut on the west.
Rhode Island can be broken up into two distinct geographic land areas: Coastal Lowlands and the Eastern New England Uplands. The Coastal Lowlands makes up about two-thirds of the state. This part includes beaches, forested woodlands, and rounded slopes. The Eastern New England Uplands, also known as the Western Rocky Upland, is in the northwestern corner and makes up a third of the state. This area has many rolling hills and raised elevations. The highest point in Rhode Island is located in this portion of the state.
Rhode Island Demographics
Of the approximate 1.05 million people in the state of Rhode Island, about 51.6% of the population is female, while 48.4% is male. Also, approximately 86% of the population identifies as white (including Hispanic or Latino). But, out of that 86%, only about 13% do identify as Hispanic or Latino and the other 73% as Caucasian. Those that identify as Black or African American make up only 7% of the entire population of the state of Rhode Island. The rest of the population is made up of those that identify as Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, other Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Native, or those that identify as two or more races. These other races make up only about 7% of the Rhode Island population.
Rhode Island Religion
The population of Rhode Island identifies as religious at a slightly lower rate than the national average. About 55% of the state population identifies as religious, compared to the national average of 49%. Out of the 55%, about 45% identify as members of the Catholic Church, making it the largest denomination in Rhode Island. All the other Christian denominations make up about 9% of the population. Those who identify as Jewish, Islamic, or as an Eastern religion only make up 1% of the population.
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Rhode Island Economy
The manufacturing sector is the most important and also most diversified portion of the economy. Some important manufacturing items of the state include jewelry, silverware, textiles, and electrical equipment. Unlike many other neighboring states, agriculture is relatively unimportant to the state’s economy. Another important part of the economy is tourism and gambling. Lastly, commercial fishing has always been an important part of the economy, but it has been declining recently.