Rhode Island

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2020 Population
1.06M
0.0536% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jack Reed
Democratic Party
US Senator
Sheldon Whitehouse
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
40
0.251% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
11.6%
6.44% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$70,305
4.67% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$276,600
5.61% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
513,059
0.178% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Rhode Island had a population of 1.06M people with a median age of 40 and a median household income of $70,305. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Rhode Island grew from 1.06M to 1.06M, a 0.0536% increase and its median household income grew from $67,167 to $70,305, a 4.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Rhode Island are White (Non-Hispanic) (71.4%), White (Hispanic) (7.55%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.55%), Other (Hispanic) (4.93%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.39%).

22.4% of the households in Rhode Island reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.9% of the residents in Rhode Island are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rhode Island are University of Rhode Island (4,765 degrees awarded in 2020), Brown University (3,269 degrees), and Community College of Rhode Island (2,329 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Rhode Island was $276,600, and the homeownership rate was 61.6%. Most people in Rhode Island drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Rhode Island was 2 cars per household.

Rhode Island borders Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

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Diversity

Rhode Island is home to a population of 1.06M people, from which 93.9% are citizens. As of 2020, 14.4% of Rhode Island residents were born outside of the country (152k people).

In 2020, there were 9.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (756k people) in Rhode Island than any other race or ethnicity. There were 79.9k White (Hispanic) and 58.7k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common non-English languages spoken as the primary langauge in households in Rhode Island are Spanish (123,763 households), Portuguese (28,559 households), and French (Incl. Cajun) (9,545 households).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Rhode Island
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    756k ± 908
  2. White (Hispanic)
    79.9k ± 3.24k
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    58.7k ± 1.57k
15.9%
Hispanic Population
168k people

In 2020, there were 9.46 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (756k people) in Rhode Island than any other race or ethnicity. There were 79.9k White (Hispanic) and 58.7k 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 Households

Most Common Non-English Languages
  1. Spanish
    123,763 households (12.3%)
  2. Portuguese
    28,559 households (2.85%)
  3. French (Incl. Cajun)
    9,545 households (0.952%)

22.4% of the households in Rhode Island reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language, which is higher than the national average of 21.5%. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

In 2020, the most common non-English language spoken in households in Rhode Island was Spanish. 12.3% of the households in Rhode Island reported speaking Spanish at home as the primary shared language between all members living in the household.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

14.4%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
152k people
13.9%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
147k people

As of 2020, 14.4% of Rhode Island residents (152k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rhode Island was 13.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

38
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
46
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.8

In 2020, the median age of all people in Rhode Island was 40. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Rhode Island are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Rhode Island residents was 40.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    29,370 ± 4,149 people
  2. Guatemala
    14,363 ± 2,922 people
  3. Portugal
    12,959 ± 2,778 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Rhode Island was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 29,370 Rhode Island residents, followed by Guatemala with 14,363 and Portugal with 12,959.

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Citizenship

93.9%
2020 Citizenship
94.1%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 93.9% of Rhode Island residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Rhode Island was 94.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    18,871 ± 857
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    8,710 ± 832
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5,496 ± 618

Rhode Island has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.17 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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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8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Rhode Island. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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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Economy

Median household income in Rhode Island is $70,305. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Rhode Island was Washington County, RI with a value of $86,970, followed by Bristol County, RI and Newport County, RI, with respective values of $85,413 and $84,282.

Males in Rhode Island have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $56,718. The income inequality in Rhode Island (measured using the Gini index) is 0.45, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Rhode Island employs 513k people. The largest industries in Rhode Island are Restaurants & Food Services (34,361 people), Elementary & secondary schools (31,613 people), and Construction (27,365 people), and the highest paying industries are Paper & paper products merchant wholesalers ($137,580), Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments ($121,478), and Telecommunications, except wired telecommunications carriers ($116,706).

Wages

Median Household Income

$70,305
2020 value
± $949
4.67%
1 Year Growth
± 1.88%

Households in Rhode Island have a median annual income of $70,305, which is more than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $67,167 in 2019, which represents a 4.67% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

$72,799
Average Male Salary in Rhode Island
± $3,599
$56,718
Average Female Salary in Rhode Island
± $2,700

In 2020, full-time male employees in Rhode Island made 1.28 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Rhode Island by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Rhode Island
  1. Asian
    $66,951 ± $13,637
  2. White
    $58,201 ± $2,296
  3. American Indian
    $49,936 ± $55,499

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Rhode Island workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Rhode Island.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Rhode Island by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

0.45
2020 Wage GINI in Rhode Island
0.453
2019 Wage GINI in Rhode Island

In 2020, the income inequality in Rhode Island was 0.45 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.736% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Rhode Island was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Rhode Island in comparison to the national average.

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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rhode Island was Washington County, RI with a value of $86,970, followed by Bristol County, RI and Newport County, RI, with respective values of $85,413 and $84,282.

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 Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rhode Island (118k out of 1.02M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

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
    75,679 ± 2,512
  2. Hispanic
    37,708 ± 1,801
  3. Other
    13,839 ± 1,144

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

513k
2020 Value
0.178%
1 Year growth
± 0.178%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Rhode Island grew at a rate of 0.178%, from 512k employees to 513k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rhode Island, are Elementary & middle school teachers (12,014 people), Registered nurses (11,965 people), and Customer service representatives (11,692 people). 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 Elementary & middle school teachers (12,014 people), Registered nurses (11,965 people), and Customer service representatives (11,692 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Rhode Island has an unusually high number of residents working as School bus monitors (8.41 times higher than expected), Marine engineers & naval architects (7.62 times), and Fishing and hunting workers (7.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rhode Island, by average salary, are Surgeons ($307,678), Physicians ($227,018), and Dentists ($218,962).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

513k
2020 Value
0.178%
1 Year growth
± 0.178%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Rhode Island grew at a rate of 0.178%, from 512k employees to 513k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rhode Island, are Restaurants & Food Services (34,361 people), Elementary & secondary schools (31,613 people), and Construction (27,365 people). 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 Restaurants & Food Services (34,361 people), Elementary & secondary schools (31,613 people), and Construction (27,365 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Rhode Island has an unusually high number of Ship & boat building (6.6 times higher than expected), Fishing, hunting & trapping (6.21 times), and Sporting & athletic goods, & doll, toy & game manufacturing (5.79 times) industries.

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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. $12.6B
  2. $10.2B
  3. $6.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Rhode Island product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $12.6B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($10.2B) and Misc. mfg. prods. ($6.1B).

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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$57.4B
2020 Value in Rhode Island
$99.7B
Projected 2050 Value in Rhode Island
73.8% growth

In 2020, total outbound Rhode Island trade was $57.4B. This is expected to increase 73.8% to $99.7B by 2050.

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. $12.4B
  2. $4.56B
  3. $2.87B

In 2020, the top outbound Rhode Island domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Massachusetts with $12.4B, followed by Connecticut with $4.56B and New York and $2.87B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Rhode Island went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 59.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (38.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.977%). The most partisan county was Newport County, RI with 63.9% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Rhode Island
59.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Rhode Island
  1. 63.9% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  2. 63.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)
  3. 60.5% for Joseph R Biden Jr. (Democratic Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Rhode Island was Newport County, RI with 63.9% of the vote going to Joseph R Biden Jr. running for the Democratic Party.

The following map shows the counties in Rhode Island colored by their party leaning.

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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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Education

In 2020, universities in Rhode Island awarded 22,378 degrees. The student population of Rhode Island is skewed towards women, with 32,872 male students and 46,025 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rhode Island are White (13,500 and 64.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (2,401 and 11.5%), Unknown (1,781 and 8.5%), and Black or African American (1,387 and 6.62%).

The largest universities in Rhode Island by number of degrees awarded are University of Rhode Island (4,765 and 21.3%), Brown University (3,269 and 14.6%), and Community College of Rhode Island (2,329 and 10.4%).

The most popular majors in Rhode Island are General Studies (1,271 and 5.68%), General Business Administration & Management (1,071 and 4.79%), and Registered Nursing (1,003 and 4.48%).

The median tuition costs in Rhode Island are $38,311 for private four year colleges, and $10,879 and $26,903 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 588 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 585 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 638 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Rhode Island was General Business Administration & Management with 588 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Rhode Island according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,765 degrees awarded
  2. 3,269 degrees awarded
  3. 2,329 degrees awarded
$10,879
Median In-State Public
$38,311
Median Private

In 2020, the Rhode Island institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Rhode Island with 4,765 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

9,576
Degrees Awarded to Men
12,802
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 9,576 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rhode Island, which is 0.748 times less than the 12,802 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the top 5 institutions in Rhode Island by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    13,500 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,401 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    1,781 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Rhode Island was White students. These 13,500 degrees mean that there were 5.62 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 2,401 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rhode Island was $276,600 in 2020, which is 1.2 times larger than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $261,900 to $276,600, a 5.61% increase. The homeownership rate in Rhode Island is 61.6%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Rhode Island have an average commute time of 25.3 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

$276,600
2020 Median
± $2,203
$261,900
2019 Median
± $1,774

In 2020, the median property value in Rhode Island grew to to $276,600 from the previous year's value of $261,900.

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.
$70,305
Median Household Income
± $949
415k
Number of Households
± 5,324

In 2020, the median household income of the 415k households in Rhode Island grew to $70,305 from the previous year's value of $67,167.

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

61.6%
2020 Homeownership
60.8%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 61.6% 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 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Rhode Island compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rhode Island have a shorter commute time (25.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.53% of the workforce in Rhode Island have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (79.7%)
  2. Carpooled (8.06%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.53%)

In 2020, 79.7% of workers in Rhode Island drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.06%) and those who worked at home (5.53%).

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 false.

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Health

95.7% of the population of Rhode Island has health coverage, with 51.1% on employee plans, 17.9% on Medicaid, 12.2% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.2% 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 1006 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.24% decrease from the previous year (1029 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1522 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 236 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11%). Additionally, Kent County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (30.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,006 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Rhode Island

Primary care physicians in Rhode Island see an average of 1,006 patients per year. This represents a 2.24% decrease from the previous year (1,029 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

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Rhode Island.
$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

4.28%
Uninsured
51.1%
Employer Coverage
17.9%
Medicaid
12.2%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
1.2%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rhode Island declined by 4.63% from 4.49% to 4.28%.

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. 11% prevalence
  2. 10.6% prevalence
  3. 8.7% prevalence

Kent County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Rhode Island, at 11%.

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

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