What U.S. state is the smallest in land area?
Answer: Rhode Island is the smallest in area, the eighth least populous, and the second most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states. The state covers a total area of about 1,500 square miles. Its coastline stretches for about 40 miles, and the shoreline is over 380 miles. Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, a reference to the fact that the state has several large bays and inlets that amount to about 14% of its total area. The second smallest state is Delaware, having a total area of about 2,500 square miles.
Rhode Island, a U.S. state in New England, is known for sandy shores and seaside Colonial towns. It is home to several large cities, including Newport, which is famed for sailing and Gilded Age mansions, such as The Breakers. Providence, its capital, is home to Brown University, green Roger Williams Park, landscaped Waterplace Park and Riverwalk, with the famed WaterFire art installation.