List of municipalities in Rhode Island

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Map of the municipalities in the state

This is a list of the 39 municipalities in Rhode Island. Eight of these municipalities were re-incorporated as cities, while the other 31 remain as towns. Note that towns in Rhode Island can adopt a city form of government without the need to re-incorporate as a city.

Some Rhode Island cities and towns also contain named localities known as villages that reflect historic settlements. Notable villages include Kingston, in the town of South Kingstown, which houses the University of Rhode Island, and Wickford, in North Kingstown, the site of an annual international art festival. Villages have no separate corporate existence from the town or city they are located in.

Rhode Island is the only state (besides Hawaii, whose only incorporated municipality is Honolulu) in which all of its incorporated municipalities have a population greater than 1,000 people.


Name[1]Type[1]County[1]Date incorporated[2]Date re-inc as a city[1]Form of government[1]Population[1]
Central FallsCityProvidence1895[4]1895Mayor-council19,376
East GreenwichTownKent1677Council-manager13,146
East ProvidenceCityProvidence1862[3]1958Council-manager47,037
ExeterTownWashington1743Town meeting6,425
FosterTownProvidence1781Town meeting4,606
GlocesterTownProvidence1730Town meeting9,746
Hopkinton[5]TownWashington1757Town meeting8,188
Little ComptonTownNewport1747[3]Town meeting3,492
New Shoreham (Block Island)TownWashington1672Council-manager1,051
NewportCityNewport1639 (original town)1784/1853Council-manager24,672
North KingstownTownWashington1674Council-manager26,486
North ProvidenceTownProvidence1765Mayor-council32,078
North SmithfieldTownProvidence1871[4]Council-manager11,967
PortsmouthTownNewport1638 (original town)Council-manager17,389
ProvidenceCityProvidence1636 (original town)1832Mayor-council178,042
Richmond[5]TownWashington1747Town meeting7,708
ScituateTownProvidence1730Town meeting10,329
South KingstownTownWashington1723Council-manager30,639
TivertonTownNewport1747[3]Town meeting15,780
WarwickCityKent1642[6] (original town)1931Mayor-council82,672
West GreenwichTownKent1741Town meeting6,135
West WarwickTownKent1913[7]Council-manager29,191

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "State and Community Profiles". Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  2. ^ Snow, Edwin M. (1865). Report Upon the Census of Rhode Island, 1865: With the Statistics of the Population, Agriculture, Fisheries and Manufactures of the State. University of Michigan. p. xxvii. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Refers to date the town was formally annexed by Rhode Island from Massachusetts
  4. ^ a b c d e Clarence Saunders Brigham, Frank Greene Bates (1904). Report on the Archives of Rhode Island. G.P.O. p. 643. 
  5. ^ a b c Charlestown, Richmond, and Hopkinton are often collectively referred to as Chariho, the name given to their regional school district in 1958.
  6. ^ Town was organized in 1647
  7. ^ Town of West Warwick

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