Rhode Island’s cities and towns are generally organized around a population center, which, in most cases, corresponds to the geographical designations used by the United States Census Bureau for reporting of housing and population statistics. Rhode Island’s cities and towns vary in size, from 178,000 residents of Providence to the 1,000 people who call Block Island their home.
Municipalities generally take responsibility for parks and recreation services, police and fire departments, housing services, emergency medical services, municipal courts, transportation services (including public transportation), and public works (streets, sewers, snow removal, signage, and so forth).
Whereas the federal government and state governments share power in countless ways, a local government must be granted power by the state. In general, mayors or town managers, city or town councils, and other governing bodies are directly elected by us.
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Info gleaned from US.gov docs.