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
Modern home with ELEVEN acres of land and a 8 stall Horse farm

South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island

There is much to treasure about this beautiful home, with four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, hardwood floors, a stone wood burning fireplace with mantle, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The home is incredibly spacious and bathes in an abundance of natural light all day long! In the back of the house, french doors lead to ELEVEN acres of beautiful backyard. A huge bonus, the lower level of the house is fully equipped to be used as a guest space or as a living space for parents, in-laws. It is a private apartment, with a bedroom, full bathroom, living area and kitchen. This lush backyard is not only vast, but it also boasts an in-ground pool, a cabana with a commercial grade kitchen and bar, and an eight stall stable! The stable is a must see for any person who owns horses or other barn animals. Horse owners will be delighted by the amount of land there is to use and enjoy! While the setting is rural and private, the home is conveniently located off Route 138. That's minutes from URI, 15 minutes to beaches, and close to area highways! Nearby towns such as East Greenwich have plenty of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment as well.

Albert Hajdaraj , Home Smart Professionals RE

11.00 ACRES
3151 SQ FT
LOOK, Great Price on this working horse farm in a very private setting!

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

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