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This page contains a list of cities in Rhode Island, and other information about local governments.

Rhode Island allows municipal charter cities. There are no counties in Rhode Island. There are 39 total municipalities in Rhode Island. All 39 operate under a charter.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Rhode Island consists of:

  • Town/Township: There are 31 townships in Rhode Island. All 31 operate under a charter. Rhode Island is only divided into counties for administrative purposes--there are no county governments. However, all areas of the state not incorporated as cities, are divided among the state's townships. Township governments do not differ in their authority from city governments.
  • Cities: There are eight city governments in Rhode Island. They are: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence, Woonsocket, Newport, and Central Falls. All eight operate under a charter.[2]
  • In addition, there are 91 special districts and 4 independent school districts.[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Rhode Island

The initiative process is available in 11 of Rhode Island's 39 charter municipalities.[4]

10 most populated cities

Note: The 8 total cities -- not 10 -- are listed in the table below.

List of Most Populated Cities in Rhode Island
City[5] Population City Type Next election
Providence 178,053 Charter N/A
Warwick 82,361 Charter N/A
Cranston 80,392 Charter N/A
Pawtucket 71,153 Charter N/A
East Providence 47,039 Charter N/A
Woonsocket 41,188 Charter N/A
Newport 24,619 Charter N/A
Central Falls 19,379 Charter N/A

Full list of cities

See also: List of Rhode Island cities
A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there were 39 incorporated cities and towns in Rhode Island. A full list of cities in Rhode Island is available here.

See also