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Counties in Rhode Island
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.
- In addition, there are 91 special districts and 4 independent school districts.
Initiative process availability
The initiative process is available in 11 of Rhode Island's 39 charter municipalities.
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.
- Bristol County, Rhode Island
- Kent County, Rhode Island
- Newport County, Rhode Island
- Providence County, Rhode Island
- Washington County, Rhode Island
- National Association of Counties Website "Overview of County Government," accessed September 11, 2013
- U.S. Census Bureau, "Governments--Individual State Descriptions," accessed September 29, 2012, pg. 347
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- Ballotpedia: Types and #'s of local government by state
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