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Find Houses for Rent in Rhode Island

Although it's the smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island has a lot to offer families looking to rent in the Ocean State. Whether you're looking at homes for rent in Providence or one of the more rural, seaside communities, the historical state is rich with beautiful landscapes, excellent universities, great hospitals and a diverse culture.

Important Information for RI Renters to Know

  • Rhode Island was started as an alternative to the strictly puritanical Massachusetts Bay Colony to the north. After his banishment from Plymouth, Roger Williams helped form Rhode Island as a place for religious tolerance. His ideas are credited as the precursor to the First Amendment and freedom in the U.S. The state name is still "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."
  • The small state continued its historical significance after the Revolutionary War when Samuel Slater created the first cotton mill in the U.S., which led to the Industrial Revolution. Although nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island's many rivers led to economic prosperity during the Industrial Revolution in several industries.
  • Most Rhode Islanders can probably ride their bikes across the state. At 37 miles across and 48 miles from north to south, the 1,214-square-mile state is the nation's smallest.
  • The first African-American regiment fought in Rhode Island during the Battle of Rhode Island during the Revolutionary War.

Top 3 Attractions for Rhode Island Renters to Enjoy

  • Once the location of the summer homes of some of the wealthiest Americans, Newport is a great family destination. You can dine downtown, tour the beautiful mansions on the cliffs overlooking the ocean or head to the Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • Providence, the state's capital and largest city, is a fun city for families. You can enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine on Federal Hill, check out an independent film on Thayer Street near Brown University, explore the Rhode Island School of Design's superior art museum or take in WaterFire downtown.
  • Every year, many Rhode Islanders, as well as Massachusetts and Connecticut residents, flock to the Ocean State's great beaches and state parks.

Fun Facts About Rhode Island

Rhode Island was the last of the original 13 colonies to become a state as well as sign the Constitution. It was, however, the first place in the U.S. to have a circus, an open golf tournament and a polo match.