Rhode Island State Nickname

The Ocean State

Rhode Island is officially nicknamed the "Ocean State." This designation emphasizes the state's extensive coastline and maritime heritage. The nickname was officially adopted in 1972, commemorating Rhode Island's rich connection to the sea, including its historical significance as a major seafaring and trading hub. With over 400 miles of coastline and numerous bays and inlets, Rhode Island's geography is dominated by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The "Ocean State" moniker not only celebrates the state's coastal identity but also highlights its economic, cultural, and recreational ties to the sea, making it an integral part of Rhode Island's identity.