About Rhode Island


Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States of America, tucked between Massachusetts and Connecticut in New England. Nonetheless, it has over 400 miles of coastline, courtesy of Narragansett Bay and islands such as Aquidneck Island, home to Newport, the "City by the Sea".

In historical perspective, tiny Rhode Island is actually the state that instigated the Revolutionary War when it denied any attachment to the British Crown. Oddly enough and counter to historical trends, the Ku Klux Klan posed a significant threat in the state following the Civil War. The huge influx of immigrants through all Northeast ports also drove their ire.

Economically Rhode Island is not capable of keeping up with other state productivity levels, but they have become known for healthcare. CVS, the pharmacy giant, makes its home in Rhode Island as does Amica Mutual Insurance.

Newport is one of the most popular destinations for tourists. The city, located on Aquidneck Island, is a collection of downright magnificent mansions. The properties remain largely privately owned. The stately mansions were built by the wealthy from both the south and the north. Newport is also the site for the annual Newport Jazz Festival. This music event draws thousands eager to hear the best in jazz and blues in one of the most beautiful environments in New England. In past years jazz and blues greats such as Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis have dished up legendary performances.

The results of a survey of the Santana Center in 2007 shows that Rhode Island (RI) has a thriving equine industry. Using both veterinary and owner surveys, they were able to determine that horse numbers in Rhode Island in 2006 ranged between 6814-7301. Due to the small size of the state and the concentrated rural areas, the density of horses in Rhode Island may be one of the highest in the country. With a land area of 1,045 mile2, the horse density would be approximately 6.5 - 7.0 horses/mile (if uniformly distributed). If only non-urban areas are considered, horse density would be between 11.8 - 12.7 horses/mile.

Rhode Island was historically one of the most important horse areas of the country. In the 1600's, breeding farms shipped Narragansett Pacers to all of the sea coast colonies and as far as the Caribbean for use on plantations. RI was the only colony that allowed horse racing and a one mile track was maintained at Sandy Neck Beach in South Kingstown. Rhode Island continues to be horse country. Even though you may not see many large sprawling farms, horses are tucked into backyards, small stables and back fields.

  Rhode Island in Numbers:
img Horse Population : Approximately 7000
img Total Economic Impact: over $ -- billion
img Population : 1,076,189
img Land area : 1,045 sq. miles
img Capital : Providence
img Counties: 5
img Highest Point : Jerimoth Hill: 812 feet
img Lowest Poin : Atlantic Coast – sea level
img 10 largest Cities :
  • Providence: 176,862
  • Warwick: 87,233
  • Cranston: 81,614
  • Pawtucket: 73,742
  • East Providence: 49,515
  • Woonsocket: 44,328
  • Newport: 25,340
  • Central Falls: 19,159
Great opportunity to own this working horse farm in a very private setting on ne

Exeter, Washington County, Rhode Island

This property boasts a 34'x 80' center isle barn with hayloft, hot and cold water and a lean-to with an additional four stalls. The 64'x145' indoor arena includes a heated viewing/lounge area and office. It also has 2 additional isolation stalls inside. The many paddocks have run-in shelters and board fencing. There is a regulation full size (40x60 meters) dressage outdoor arena and 60 foot round pen outdoors as well. Also included is a 40’ x 60' pole building for storage or animals.

Lisa Gibbs , HomeSmart Professionals

6.68 ACRES
1254 SQ FT
Horse Farm with 19 Private Tranquil Acres

Foster, Providence County, Rhode Island

An unsurpassed setting, this gentleman's farm is set at the end of a residential side road. Wrought iron gates greet you upon entering your own private retreat. The driveway detailed in granite leads to a 4252 square foot 2 story Charm- filled residence built in the1760's beautifully set on 19 +lush acres; furnished and beautifully appointed. Tastefully brought up to date over the years. 5 Fireplaces. Barn and detached garage. Winter views of Johnson's Pond.

Diane Lazarus , Coldwell Banker

19.70 ACRES
4252 SQ FT
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS Coastal 21+ac parcels Pt. Judith Pond Rhode Island (Reduced)

South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island

Absolutely Gorgeous Land, COASTAL 10+ acs. Parcel(s) “Down by the Sea” Pt. Judith Pond. "Best in Class", this near perfect Land is beautiful rolling meadows, "Down by the Sea". Estate? Horse Farm? Agriculture? Specimen tress, rock walls, spring-fed Pond, 2/10 mile from Pt. Judith Pond, 5 Minutes by backroads to beaches and four marinas that outlet to the Ocean. High & dry, up to 88 ft. above sea level, some second story waterviews. Bordered by conservation land and very Private, this is rural living just 1 mile South of Rte.1,right down by the water, but close to everything. Choose from two (2) 10+ac. parcels, each with its own special character. Also available as one (1) 21+ ac. parcel, $1,999,000. Rare gem.

Eva Brinner

0.00 ACRES

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