Counties in Rhode Island

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There are five counties in Rhode Island. Although Rhode Island is divided into counties, it does not have any local government at the county level.[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]

County website evaluations

Main article: Evaluation of Rhode Island county websites

Rhode Island's five counties do not have functioning governments and therefore do not have websites.



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