I'm interested in the atmosphere of RI and what it's like.
Rhode Island is a hurting little state...pension liability is at the heart of it's pain. It's many many many union state workers are being pit against the non-union citizens. Rhode Island is a state with horrendous infrastructure problems, terrible roads, weeds and grass breaking through curbs and walkways. Now...it's not like this everywhere, but too many locations to ignore.
Property taxes are very high, Rhode Island is last in the country in Business friendliness. It's also last in population growth, it's population is stagnant. I tell you these negatives to let you know...should you want to put roots down, in the form of real-estate, or a business venture, or even a nice car, be advised, and see the above.
On the positive side, we have a beautiful Coast Line, beaches included. (Even being from Miami you should not be disappointed.) RI has some respected schools of higher learning, Brown, PC, URI, RI School of Design etc. We have great food, cool restaurants, and some nice Taverns. Oh yes...Newport!
Many citizens and non-citizens of diverse ethnic groups. As for the city of Providence, others I am sure will fill you in.