What You Need to Know About Living in RI/Southern New England

New England is a region of the United States, for those of you who aren’t sure, consisting of six states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont). It is located in the north-easternmost part of the country. Rhode Island is the smallest state by area in all of the US, with only 1214 square miles, measuring 48 miles north to south and 37 miles east to west!

 

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Here are a few tidbits about living in our area, for those of you new to our growing group.

If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute. It will change. True Yankees (a nickname you might hear for northerners in general) have all kinds of sayings like this and can sometimes be superstitious in their habits or behaviors.

Compared to folks from other regions of the country, I have heard it said that New Englanders tend to be more suspicious and perhaps less hospitable to strangers. That is not to say that we are unfriendly, just that we may be slower to warm up to new friends.

Never be afraid to ask a native New Englanders to slow down and repeat. Even within our small region, we laugh at each others’ “accents.” We are notorious for speaking super quickly and leaving off word endings. It can be difficult for people from the southern US to keep up with us, never mind someone coming from another country.

People from New England, and especially from RI, don’t like to drive very far from home. If it is more than 20 minutes, we might act like we need to pack a picnic lunch. New Englanders need strong encouragement to travel an hour or more for a day trip.

For the nature lover, we have among the safest forests. New Englanders can safely hike, bike and otherwise enjoy the great outdoors without fear of attack from poisonous insects or snakes or wild creatures.

We are the arrival place of the Mayflower and first Europeans to the New World. We have America’s oldest history and best historical places to visit! Get out there and explore our living history!

We have an abundance of local products such as honey, lobster, quahogs and a number of other products, as well as a number of terrific restaurants which prepare local fare.

New England is home to several Ivy League colleges, a testament to our desire and love of learning and higher education.

New England, specifically Rhode Island, has some very local specialty foods. When you visit RI you can taste our state appetizer, calamari, but do not leave without tasting Del’s Lemonade and our world famous coffee flavors. Coffee syrup and ice cream and something we call coffee milk are must haves on your visit here!

Finally, we love our clean drinking water, provided to most homes by individual wells at each home or property. We have a number of exquisite reservoirs, protected as public drinking water supplies for homes in the larger towns and cities.

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