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Rhode Island State Profile

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Population

  • With 1,076,189 residents in 2005, Rhode Island is the 43rd most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Rhode Island grew 2.7 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate well below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • The population in Rhode Island is becoming slightly more diverse. The percentage of whites is declining and the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing (see below)

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 82.8% 82.3% 81.7% 81.0% 80.5% 80.0%
Hispanic, Latino 8.7% 9.1% 9.6% 10.0% 10.4% 10.7%
African-American 4.5% 4.6% 4.7% 4.7% 4.8% 4.9%
Native American, AK Native 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.4%
Asian, Pacific Islander 2.4% 2.5% 2.5% 2.6% 2.6% 2.7%
Two or More Races 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 1.2% 1.3%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

  • The largest city in Rhode Island is Providence-New Bedford-Fall River with 1,622,520 residents in 2005 – the 35th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. The population of the Providence metropolitan area is greater than that of the entire state of Rhode Island because a large part of it extends into the state of Massachusetts.

Rhode Island - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Rhode Island had the 15th highest personal income per capita among the 50 states ($34,207 per resident).
  • Rhode Island’s personal income per capita relative to the U.S. has fluctuated between 95 percent of the U.S. average in 1975 to 104 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Rhode Island as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Rhode Island per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Rhode Island has the 26th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (12.3%) and the 16th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (19.5%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Rhode Island - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Rhode Island ranked 32nd among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (87.6%).
  • Rhode Island ranked 11th in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (32.1%) and 9th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (12.4%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Rhode Island has a larger percentage of adults who have completed college degrees (associate and higher) and a slightly lower percentage who have completed high school and less (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Rhode Island and the U.S. Average
Rhode Island education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Rhode Island - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Rhode Island had the 21st lowest unemployment rate of all states – 5.0 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Rhode Island has larger percentages of its workforce employed in management, professional, service, and production and transportation occupations (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • By industry in Rhode Island – relative to the U.S. average – there are larger percentages of employment in arts and entertainment, education and healthcare, finance and insurance, retail trade, and manufacturing industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Rhode Island ranked 21st among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Rhode Island - Health and Well-Being

  • 11.4 percent of Rhode Island residents do not have health insurance – the 9th lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • 18.7 percent of Rhode Island residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – well below the national average of 23.1 percent and the 4th lowest rate in the U.S. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Rhode Island, 207 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – about the same as the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Rhode Island residents (307 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – but lower than the national rate of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Rhode Island ranked 12th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Rhode Island - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Rhode Island had the 12th lowest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (247 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 2,884 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Rhode Island – the 16th lowest rate among states and below the U.S. average of 3,517.
  • Rhode Island had the 13th lowest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 318 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Rhode Island has remained well below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Rhode Island and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Rhode Island and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Rhode Island Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Rhode Island ranges from $31,259 in Providence County to $41,728 in Bristol County. In addition, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 24.3 percent in Providence County to 42.6 percent in Newport County. These county-to-county variations are not as large as in other states because Rhode Island is the smallest state geographically and only has five counties.

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Rhode Island Counties

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