Geography plays an important role in the history of a place and on the lives of the folks who live and work there.

Geography originally meant "to describe or write about the Earth". Today, we think of geography in terms of location, land forms, water bodies, climate, and the surrounding places.

Rhode Island

  • Size; 30 x 40 miles, 1,545 square miles (1,045 land, 500 water) - Rhode Island is the smallest of the United States and would fit 42.9 times inside of Alaska, the largest state. RI is big enough to hold 22.7 copies of the District of Columbia.
  • Borders: Massachusetts to the north and east, Atlantic Ocean to the south, and Connecticut to the west.
  • Coastline: more than 400 miles counting bays, coves, and offshore islands; many islands include Aquidneck, Conanicut, Block, Prudence, Dutch, and Hog.1
  • Altitude: lowest point - sea level; highest point - 812 feet above sea level at Jerimoth Hill, in Foster, off Route 101, near the Connecticut border. RI has only Delaware (451), Florida (345), Louisiana (535), Mississippi (806) and the District of Columbia (410) ahead of it for lowest high-point.
  • Major Water Bodies


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1. Know Rhode Island