Rhode Island State Information
Rhode Island was admitted to statehood on May 29, 1790 making it the 13th state. The capital city is Providence. Rhode Island Red is the state bird and the Violet is the state flower.
The economy is fed by (agriculture) vegetables, nursery stock, eggs and daily products as well as (industry) jewelry, electric equipment, machinery, fabricated metal products, shipbuilding/boatbuilding and tourism.
The gross state product for Rhode Island was $33-billion (2000) putting it at 45th overall in the nation. Although the unemployment rate was 10.2% (December 2012) Rhode Island has the lowest level of energy consumption (per capita) of the country and was rated the 5th most energy efficient state in the nation.