Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more
commonly referred to as Rhode Island, is a
state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island borders
Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the
north and east, and shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest..
Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean
State", a reference to the state's geography,
as nearly one tenth of the state's inland area is covered by salt water.