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R.I. pop. up slightly amid slowest national growth in a century

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rhode Island had one of the slowest state population growth rates from 2018 to 2019, according to new estimates released...
RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT celebrated the state's progress in health insurance coverage at its annual luncheon on Monday.

R.I. KIDS COUNT: State tops national average for children’s health care...

PROVIDENCE – About 97.8% of Rhode Island’s kids age 18 and under have health insurance, putting the Ocean State at number three nationwide for...
NEW DEVELOPMENT: The home pictured here is part of The Oaks housing development in Coventry, one of the largest residential subdivisions under active construction in Rhode Island. The development will have 105 houses when complete.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lack of new, affordable R.I. homes a growing problem

Richard Marcello, a homebuilder of 34 years, remembers when many new houses were under construction across Rhode Island. He started building homes with his...
THE UNINSURED rate in the U.S. increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018 / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Almost 2M more Americans uninsured in 2018, census says

NEW YORK – The number of Americans without health insurance increased by almost 2 million people in 2018, according to new data released by...
IN 2017, 4% of homes in the Ocean State were designated as vacation homes. / COURTESY INVESTMENT PROPERTY EXCHANGE SERVICES

Report: 4% of R.I. homes are vacation homes, highest concentration in...

PROVIDENCE – Just over 4% of properties in Rhode Island were vacation homes in 2017, according to a new report from Investment Property Exchange...

R.I. has second-highest spending per capita on lottery in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders spent $502.01 on the lottery per capita in 2017, the second-highest amount in the nation only to Massachusetts, according to...
UNITED STATES residential home starts dropped 0.9% to a 1.27 million annualized rate in April after a revised 1.28 million pace in the prior month. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. housing starts stabilize as building permits edge up

WASHINGTON – United States new-home construction fell in May after an April reading that was stronger than initially reported, signaling stabilization in the market...
RHODE ISLAND had the second-highest per capita expenditure on lottery in the nation in 2017. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

R.I. has second-highest spending per capita on lottery in 2017

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Islanders spent $502.01 on the lottery per capita in 2017, the second-highest amount in the nation only to Massachusetts, according to...
THE POPULATION of Rhode Island increased 4,358 people from 2010 to 2018 to a total of 1.06 million. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Report: R.I. population grows 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1.06M

PROVIDENCE – The population of Rhode Island increased 0.4% from 2010 to 2018 to 1,057,315 residents, or an increase of 4,358 people, according to...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
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