Rhode Island Counties and Towns


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Bristol County was created from Bristol, Mass., 1747. Kent County was made from Providence County in 1750. Newport County was originally created as Rhode Island County in 1703 and renamed in 1729. Providence County was formed as Providence Plantations County in 1703. Washington County was originally created as Kings County from Providence Plantations in 1729 and renamed in 1781. Block Island was transferred from Newport County to Washington County May 6, 1963. Although you will see the "South County" mentioned in many places, it does not exist as an actual county. Basically, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich, make up what is known as South County, RI

Also see:  American Indian Place Names In Rhode Island: Past & Present

Below is a list of major Rhode Island towns.
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Town  Date Formed and Historic Information  County
 Barrington  1717 from MA as part of Warren in 1747; 
  re-established as Barrington 1770
 Bristol
 Block Island  New Shoreham1661, admitted to Colony in 1664 
 as Block Island. Originally part of Newport County
 Washington
 Bristol  1681 from MA 1747  Bristol
 Burrillville  1806 from Glocester  Providence
 Central Falls  1895 from Lincoln  Providence
 Charlestown  1738 from Westesly  Washington
 Coventry  1741 from Warwick  Kent
 Cranston  1754 from Providence  Providence
 Cumberland  1747 from MA formerly Attleborough  Providence
 E. Greenwich  1677, called Dedford 1686-89  Kent
 E. Providence  1862 from MA; originally Rehoboth, then Seekonk  Providence
 Exeter  1742/3 from North Kingstown  Washington
 Foster  1781 from Scituate  Providence
 Glocester  1731 from Providence  Providence
 Hopkinton  1757 from Westerly  Washington
 Jamestown  1678, Indian name Conanicut  Newport
 Johnston  1759 from Providence  Providence
 Lincoln  1871 from Smithfield  Providence
 Little Compton  1682 from MA in 1747  Newport
 Middletown  1743 from Newport  Newport
 Narragansett  1901 from South Kingstown  Washington
 Newport  1639 Original Town  Newport
 New Shoreham  1661, admitted to Colony in 1664 as Block Island  Washington
 N. Kingstown  1641, incorporated as Kingstown in 1674; called 
  Rochester 1686-1689; North Kingstown after 1723
 Washington
 N. Providence  1765 from Providence  Providence
 N. Smithfield  1871 from Smithfield  Providence
 Pawtucket  1828, part from MA in 1862; part N. Providence 1874  Providence
 Portsmouth  1638 Original Town  Newport
 Providence  1636 Original Town  Providence
 Richmond  1747 from Charlestown  Washington
 Scituate  1731 from Providence  Providence
 Smithfield  1731 from Providence  Providence
 S. Kingstown  1723 from Kingstown when divided North & South  Washington
 Tiverton  1694 from MA in 1747  Newport
 Warren  1747 from MA towns of Barrington, Swansea & 
  Rehoboth; part from Bristol in 1873
 Bristol
 Warwick  1643 Original Town; called Shawomet until 1648  Kent
 Westerly  1669 called Haversham 1686-1689  Washington
 W. Greenwich  1741 form East Greenwich  Kent
 W. Warwick  1913 from Warwick  Kent
 Woonsocket  1867 part from Cumberland in 1867; part from 
  Smithfield in 1871
Providence

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