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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.

Rhode Island Free Public Records Directory

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Rhode Island Free Court Records Search

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Rhode Island Free Arrest Records

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  • At 11:50 PM Troopers arrested Ericka Dennis, age 32, of 928 Manton Avenue, Providence, Rhode Island, on a Sixth Division District Court Bench Warrant for Failure to Appear for Ability to Pay on the original charge of Driving with a Suspended License originating from the Providence Police Department.
    October 14, 2019
  • Matthew Veiga
    Arrest Date: 10/14/2019
    Gender: Male
    Race: Black
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    October 14, 2019
  • Matthew Veiga
    Arrest Date: 10/14/2019
    Gender: Male
    Race: Black
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    October 14, 2019
  • Niko Johnson
    Arrest Date: 10/14/2019
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
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    October 14, 2019
  • Niko Johnson
    Arrest Date: 10/14/2019
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
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    October 14, 2019
  • Luis Musset
    Arrest Date: 10/14/2019
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
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    October 14, 2019

Rhode Island Missing Children

Collected data of endangered children, runaways, family and non family abductions

  • Missing: Miguel Torres
    Miguel Torres, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/28/2018. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    October 10, 2019
  • Missing: Taelyana Enos
    Taelyana Enos, Age Now: 17, Missing: 08/22/2019. Missing From Pascoag, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Burrillville Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-568-6255.
    October 10, 2019
  • Missing: Richard Isom
    Richard Isom, Age Now: 17, Missing: 09/06/2019. Missing From Woonsocket, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Woonsocket Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-766-1212.
    October 01, 2019
  • Missing: Brooklyn-love Thompson
    Brooklyn-love Thompson, Age Now: 13, Missing: 09/14/2019. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    September 19, 2019
  • Missing: Amber Richmond
    Amber Richmond, Age Now: 19, Missing: 09/06/2019. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    September 12, 2019
  • Missing: Kobey Friendly
    Kobey Friendly, Age Now: 15, Missing: 08/21/2019. Missing From Providence, Ri. Anyone Having Information Should Contact: Providence Police Department (rhode Island) 1-401-272-3121.
    August 29, 2019

Rhode Island Recent Criminal Activity Reports

Current crimes by location, description of offenses and reported police activity

Rhode Island Missing People

Currently missing persons sought by law enforcement derived from public and private sources

  • Missing Person • David Onasile • East Greenwich, Rhode Island • 25 Years Old
    October 30, 2017
  • Updated: Missing Person • David Onasile • East Greenwich, Rhode Island • 25 Years Old
    October 30, 2017

Rhode Island Latest Crime Records (Updated 10/15/2019)

  • Total Violent Crime:
    2,313
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    25
  • Rape:
    361
  • Robbery:
    529
  • Aggravated Assault:
    1,398
  • Total Property Crime:
    22,935
  • Burglary:
    4,823
  • Larceny Theft:
    16,279
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,833

Rhode Island American Community Survey (ACS) Census Bureau (Updated 10/15/2019)

  • Rhode Island's demographic and housing ACS survey of 1,053,252 being 0.34 percent of U.S. residents is comprised of 48.4% males and 51.6% of females. American Community Survey separates various ethnicities depending on the area's population of persons from less than 5 years of age to 85 years old and over. ACS is an ongoing survey with five year estimates down to the block group scale providing a summary spanning five years, from 2010 to 2014 and released in 2014. View the percentage of the population by race, including various groups of Native Americans, Asians, American Indian, Alaska Native, and two or more races.
  • The Rhode Island social characteristics data of 409,569 households, which make up 0.35 percent of all U.S. households, are surveyed by ACS . View the number and percentages of married and divorced residents 15 years and older, including 256,036 families with and without children. There are 273,474 persons enrolled in school which are 3 years of age and over are separated by education level from nursery school to graduate and professional degrees. The state's resident social characteristics collected data include estimated percentages and totals of persons which are foreign born, Island areas, born abroad to American parent(s), citizenship status and ancestry.
  • The Rhode Island American Community Survey economic characteristics displays current and past employment of 862,851 persons which are 16 years of age and older comprising of 0.35 percent of the United States labor force. Employment numbers of 565,123 civilians in various occupations from construction to information technology collected by industry. Overview of income and benefits in 2014, received from private entities and public public assistance. Population of the labor force with private or public health coverage for both employed and unemployed residents. Data regarding the percentage of families with income below poverty level are collected by age groups ranging from persons under the age of 18 to 65 years and over.
  • Rhode Island housing characteristics are collected from 462,930 dwellings making up 0.35 percent of all U.S. housing, includes a survey of either inhabited 409,569 or uninhabited 53,361 domiciles. Data coverage of various rentals or owned structures containing 1 room to 9 rooms. Find out which mode of transportation 409,569 commuters in the state used to get to work. Look up the type of energy utilized by individual occupied residences. An overview of median monthly homeowner costs with or without mortgage. Percentage of rent versus income per household and homeowner costs as percentage of household income. Information collected begins with residence from 1969 or earlier.

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
  • Total of non employer establishment according to NAICS
    71,021
  • Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls
    2,148,674
  • People and Businesses


    Firms and companies of Rhode Island
  • Total number of firms located in the state
    96,843
  • Total percentage of black owned private firms
    3%
  • Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Asian owned firms
    2%
  • Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms
    0%
  • Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms
    6%
  • Total percentage of Women owned private firms
    27%
  • Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33
    12,061,517
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42
    9,182,788
  • Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    12,286,485
  • Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers
    11,646
  • Land Valuation


    Property value and Rhode Island territory
  • Totals of building permits for new private housing units
    961
  • The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits
    161,874
  • Adjusted acres of land in farms
    67,819
  • Size in square miles of land
    1,045
  • Population per square mile
    1,007
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