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Kent County is a county located in the state of Rhode Island. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 166,158. The county was formed
in 1750 from the southern third of Providence County. It was named after the county of Kent, in England. Kent County, like other counties in
Rhode Island, no longer has governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries).
Kent County is included in the Providence-Warwick, RI-MA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Boston-Worcester-Providence, MA-RI-NH-CT Combined Statistical Area.
Named for Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Established: June 11, 1750
Parent County: Providence
Bristol County was created from Bristol, Mass., 1747. Kent County was made from Providence County in 1750. Newport County was originally created as Rhode Island County in 1703 and renamed in 1729. Providence County was formed as Providence Plantations County in 1703. Washington County was originally created as Kings County from Providence Plantations in 1729 and renamed in 1781. Block Island was transferred from Newport County to Washington County May 6, 1963. Although you will see the "South County" mentioned in many places, it does not exist as an actual county. Basically, Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich, make up what is known as South County, RI
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (487 km2), of which, 170
square miles (441 km2) of it is land and 18 square miles (46 km2) of it (9.53%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: