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Rhode Island and the Providence Plantation

Rhode Island’s official state name is Rhode Island and Providence Plantation. The state’s nickname is “The Ocean State” and is known for making silverware and jewelry. Rhode Island’s nickname is in reference to the state’s geography, which consists of 10 beaches, several bays and inlets that amount to 14% of its total area. Rhode Island is the smallest state in size in the United States with an area of 1,214 square miles.

Rhode Island ranks number 41, in our United States of Energy data series, in residential electricity prices averaging $15.92 Megawatts per hour. Rhode Island has the lowest per capita energy consumption in the Nation. Natural gas fuels almost all of Rhode Island’s electricity generation.

Did you know? Pelham Street in Newport was the first street in the country to use gas-illuminated streetlights.

Newport is known for all the famous Newport Mansion and for once being the city of some of the “Summer White Houses” during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy. The Preservation Society of Newport County is a non-profit organization based in Newport County that works hard to protect and preserve the architectural heritage of the Newport Mansions. 11 of these mansions are open to the public.

Have you ever visited the Newport Mansions?

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