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Whether people in Rhode Island like it or not, the smallest state has become a benchmark to measure enormous things. Storm systems, glaciers, tropical deforestation, are all often measured in Rhode Island sized units. If Rhode Island collected a dollar every time a reporter breathelessly described icebergs or asteroids as being "the size of Rhode Island", the streets of Providence would be paved over with gold.
You will occasionally hear something enormous being described as being "twice the size of Rhode Island". The state of Delaware is nearly twice the size of Rhode Island, and yet, very little is described as being the size of Delaware. I wonder why?Of course, Rhode Island's Lilliputian reputation only applies to square mileage. With a population of just over 1 million, the Ocean State is only the 7th smallest state by population (with Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Delaware and Montana respectively trailing Rhode Island).