Rhode Island

State

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Population
1.06M
0.219% 1-year decline
US Senator
Jack Reed
Democratic Party
US Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic Party
Median Age
40

Poverty Rate
13.1%

Median Household Income
$64,340
0.736% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$273,800
6.21% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
N/A

About

In 2018, Rhode Island had a population of 1.06M people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $64,340. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Rhode Island declined from 1.06M to 1.06M, a -0.219% decrease and its median household income grew from $63,870 to $64,340, a 0.736% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rhode Island are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.4%), White (Hispanic) (9.25%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.83%), Other (Hispanic) (4.81%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.35%). 21.7% of the people in Rhode Island speak a non-English language, and 94.8% are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Rhode Island was $273,800, and the homeownership rate was 61.8%. Most people in Rhode Island drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Rhode Island was 2 cars per household.

Rhode Island borders Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

About the photo: Fox Point, Providence, Rhode Island

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Rhode Island, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Rhode Island (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Rhode Island. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Rhode Island.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Rhode Island across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing the state of Rhode Island. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Rhode Island

Jack Reed
Senator from Rhode Island2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator from Rhode Island1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007

Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse are the senators currently representing Rhode Island.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Rhode Island over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Rhode Island

Rhode Island is currently represented by 2 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Rhode Island have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Rhode Island is home to a population of 1.06M people, from which 94.8% are citizens. As of 2018, 13.9% of Rhode Island residents were born outside of the country (147k people).

In 2018, there were 7.72 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (755k people) in Rhode Island than any other race or ethnicity. There were 97.8k White (Hispanic) and 61.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rhode Island are Spanish (122,953 speakers), Portuguese (24,219 speakers), and French (Incl. Cajun) (10,732 speakers).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rhode Island
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    755k ± 3.01k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    97.8k ± 8.05k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    61.7k ± 2.3k
15.9%
Hispanic Population
168k people

In 2018, there were 7.72 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (755k people) in Rhode Island than any other race or ethnicity. There were 97.8k White (Hispanic) and 61.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

15.9% of the people in Rhode Island are hispanic (168k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Rhode Island as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages
  1. Spanish
    122,953 speakers (12.3%)
  2. Portuguese
    24,219 speakers (2.41%)
  3. French (Incl. Cajun)
    10,732 speakers (1.07%)

21.7% of Rhode Island citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.9%. In 2018, the most common non-English language spoken in Rhode Island was Spanish. 12.3% of the overall population of Rhode Island are native Spanish speakers. 2.41% speak Portuguese and 1.07% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.9%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
147k people
13.8%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
147k people

As of 2018, 13.9% of Rhode Island residents (147k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rhode Island was 13.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

The following chart shows the percentage of foreign-born residents in Rhode Island compared to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.5
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.2

In 2018, the median age of all people in Rhode Island was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Rhode Island are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Rhode Island residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

In N/A, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was N/A, the natal country of N/A Rhode Island residents, followed by N/A with N/A and N/A with N/A.

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Citizenship

94.8%
2018 Citizenship
93.6%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.8% of Rhode Island residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Rhode Island was 93.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    20,778 ± 2,163
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    11,227 ± 1,698
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,747 ± 1,084

Rhode Island has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.85 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Rhode Island is $64,340. In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Rhode Island was Washington County, RI with a value of $89,847, followed by Newport County, RI and Kent County, RI, with respective values of $83,822 and $68,994.

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The economy of Rhode Island employs N/A people. The largest industries in Rhode Island are N/A, and the highest paying industries are N/A.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,340
2018 value
± $2,058
0.736%
1 Year Growth
± 4.3%

Households in Rhode Island have a median annual income of $64,340, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $63,870 in 2017, which represents a 0.736% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Rhode Island compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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Average Male Salary in N/A
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Average Female Salary in N/A
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In N/A, full-time male employees in N/A made N/A times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Wage Distribution

N/A Wage GINI in N/A
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This chart shows the number of workers in Rhode Island across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rhode Island was Washington County, RI with a value of $89,847, followed by Newport County, RI and Kent County, RI, with respective values of $83,822 and $68,994.

The following map shows all of the counties in Rhode Island colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rhode Island (133k out of 1.02M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    89,282 ± 2,360
  2. Hispanic
    41,836 ± 1,542
  3. Other
    15,139 ± 1,010

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rhode Island is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

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The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rhode Island, are N/A. This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rhode Island.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rhode Island, by number of employees, are N/A.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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Industries

Employment by Industries

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The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rhode Island, are N/A. This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rhode Island, though some of these residents may live in Rhode Island and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Rhode Island, by number of employees, are N/A.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Rhode Island has an unusually high number of  industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rhode Island, by average salary, are N/A.

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $13.4B
  2. $6.99B
  3. $4.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $13.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($6.99B) and Fuel oils ($4.5B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Rhode Island products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$48.1B
2015 Value in Rhode Island
$56.6B
Projected 2045 Value in Rhode Island
17.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $48.1B. This is expected to increase 17.7% to $56.6B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Rhode Island trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Rhode Island to other states, or from other states to Rhode Island.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $14.9B
  2. $2.86B
  3. $1.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $14.9B, followed by Connecticut with $2.86B and New York and $1.45B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Rhode Island shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rhode Island was $273,800 in 2018, which is 1.19 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $257,800 to $273,800, a 6.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Rhode Island is 61.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rhode Island have an average commute time of 24.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Rhode Island is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$273,800
2018 Median
± $4,578
$257,800
2017 Median
± $5,409

In 2018, the median property value in Rhode Island grew to to $273,800 from the previous year's value of $257,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rhode Island compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rhode Island the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$64,340
Median Household Income
± $2,058
407k
Number of Households
± 10,670

In 2018, the median household income of the 407k households in Rhode Island grew to $64,340 from the previous year's value of $63,870.

The following chart displays the households in Rhode Island distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Rhode Island distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Rhode Island the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

61.8%
2018 Homeownership
60.8%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 61.8% of the housing units in Rhode Island were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 60.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rhode Island compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

24.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rhode Island have a shorter commute time (24.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.4% of the workforce in Rhode Island have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

The chart below shows how the median household income in Rhode Island compares to that of it's neighboring and parent geographies.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (81.3%)
  2. Carpooled (8.14%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.7%)

In 2018, 81.3% of workers in Rhode Island drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.14%) and those who worked at home (3.7%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Rhode Island distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Rhode Island have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

95.4% of the population of Rhode Island has health coverage, with 49.5% on employee plans, 19.8% on Medicaid, 11.5% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.27% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Rhode Island was $9,551 in 2014. This is a 4.27% increase from the previous year ($9,160).

Primary care physicians in Rhode Island see 1044 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.385% increase from the previous year (1040 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1581 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 270 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (9.7%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,044 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rhode Island

Primary care physicians in Rhode Island see an average of 1,044 patients per year. This represents a 0.385% increase from the previous year (1,040 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Rhode Island in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$9,551
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Rhode Island
$4,620
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,934
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,901
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Rhode Island (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.27%, from $9,160 to $9,551.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

4.62%
Uninsured
49.5%
Employer Coverage
19.8%
Medicaid
11.5%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.27%
Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rhode Island grew by 6.77% from 4.32% to 4.62%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rhode Island changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 9.7% prevalence
  2. 9.4% prevalence
  3. 8.7% prevalence

Providence County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 9.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island by county over multiple years.

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