Island is an example of a cold winter humid continental
climate with hot, rainy summers and chilly winters. The
highest temperature recorded in Rhode Island was 40 °C,
recorded on August 2, 1975, in Providence. The lowest
recorded temperature in Rhode Island was −32 °C, on
February 5, 1996, in Greene. Monthly average
temperatures range from a high of 28 °C to a low of −7
Island's immigrant tradition is reflected in the fact
that in 2000, 20% of the state's residents reported
speaking a language other than English in the home, up
from 18% in 1990.
The United States dollar,
denoted by USD or the symbol $, is the official currency
used in the United States. Commonly referred to as the
"American dollar," the currency is divided into 100
cents (symbol ¢)
Rhode Island ranked 43rd in population in the US with an estimated total of 1,069,725 in 2002, an increase of 2% since 2000. Between 1990 and 2000, Rhode Island's population grew from 1,003,464 to 1,048,319, an increase of 4.5%. The population is projected to reach 1.1 million by 2025.
Providence is the capital and the most populous city in Rhode Island, and one of the first cities established in the United States. Located in Providence County, it is the estimated third largest city in the New England region.