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The Rhode Island Open Meetings Act dictates the way in which public meetings are conducted and the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) ensures the access to open public records. The APRA was first enacted in 1979 and revised in 1991, 1998 and 2008. Rhode Island was the forty-ninth state to enact a state law guaranteeing access to public records. Rhode Island has set up the Open Government Unit to investigate violations of the Open Meetings Act and the APRA. There are, however, exemptions defined in the law to protect from disclosure when a persons personal privacy would be invaded without warrant. Rhode Island was the first colony to declare independence from British rule on May 4, 1776. However, Rhode Island was the last state to ratify the United States constitution, and it became the 13th state of the Union on May 29, 1790. Rhode Island is the smallest state by area in the United States. It has 5 counties, 8 cities and 31 towns. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations under the office of the Attorney General allows access to criminal history records. Search quickly and accurately for Rhode Island public records. Solicit all levels of Rhode Island government and their sites for services and public information. Useful links to vital, court and criminal records, as well as current news and crime reports. See Rhode Island crime statistics, census data, housing and economy information. Find criteria about the state's residents, education, income and payrolls. Also explore current real estate data, property and land values. Read about Rhode Island's business demographics and look up taxes by county. Check back regularly as new resources and data are added to this site.
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  • Where can I find different types of background checks in Rhode Island?
    There are numerous ways to order a background check and several types. You can search different case types at once, or you can also choose to explore just a felony or misdemeanor. You will be able to see the case's description, court, filing date, case type, status, arrest details, arresting agency, and case ID. This is not a complete background check, only a check of case records of certain types. Background check is a broad term. In many cases, it is just a search of criminal records; in others, it's more. There are instances where an individual needs to show a driver's history record to an employer as a term of their application process. Various departments throughout Rhode Island have personal responsibilities. Although police departments make out the reports, the cases end up in court. It is best to look up court records as the state police do not seem to have an online source to conduct a background check. Some background check of criminal records services reveals their coverage, such as whether traffic violations, misdemeanors, or DUIs appear. A case search from the courts would generally cover many criminal records. However, traffic violations, if only resulting in a citation, will probably not show up. You can search for records on your own and only get what you need. If you only need a criminal record check, the criminal courts are where to look. However, if you're looking for assets such as home ownership, for example, you can look up land records from the town clerk's office; here are links to town/city websites, look for the town clerk, some of the services such as form downloads and instructions on how to request property information is also included.
  • What is the best way to view arrests across Rhode Island?
    There are crime maps on individual police websites that show all incidents, including arrests throughout Rhode Island. Arrests are published online by individual, either small or large law enforcement departments. When a person is booked, the police will enter the information in an arrest log, jail/inmate list, or any other term used to show people that are in custody. There are periodicals which show recent arrests in their local areas.
  • Where can I find in Rhode Island the House vote on tolls?
    Are you talking about the truck toll bill? The governor (Raymondo) approved the bill after the debate, 52 for and 21 against.
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Rhode Island Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    2,342
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    25
  • Rape:
    491
  • Robbery:
    418
  • Aggravated Assault:
    1,408
  • Total Property Crime:
    16,259
  • Burglary:
    2,321
  • Larceny Theft:
    12,580
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,358
Rhode Island Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    1,052,567
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    1,048,315
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    0%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    4,248
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    1,048,319
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    60,139
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    6%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    226,825
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    22%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    150,596
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    51%
  • State's white resident population
    856,869
  • State's black resident population
    60,189
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    6,058
  • State's Asian resident population
    30,457
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    554
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    34,787
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    130,655
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    803,685
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    81%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    6%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    12%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    76%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Rhode Island
  • Births
    12,376
  • Deaths
    9,723
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    91
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    87%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Rhode Island Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    13%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    21%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    83%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    30%
  • Total number of Veterans
    81,594
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Rhode Island
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    23 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    452,191
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    12,355
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    3%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    64%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $283,700
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    40%
  • Total number of households
    404,227
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Rhode Island Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $28,638
  • Statewide income of median households in Rhode Island
    $53,243
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    12%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $41,946
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $39,829
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    567,093
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    63,668
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    11%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    615,347
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    31,521
  • People employed by the government
    75,063
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    29,059,152
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    47,224
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    29,759
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