Kent County, Rhode Island
East Greenwich is the county town. Kent county is bounded N. by Providence county, E. by Providence bay, S. by Washington county, and W. by the state of Connecticut. The surface of the county is generally rough and uneven: in the eastern part are tracts of level land. The soil is either a gravelly or sandy loam, and very productive of Indian grain, rye, fruits, and vegetables. The grazing business is extensively pursued in this county. The Pawtuxet and Flat rivers are the principal, but a number of large ponds produce smaller streams in abundance. The manufacturing interests of this county, particularly of cotton and wool, are very extensive and probably pursued with as much spirit and success as in any portion of the state. Some navigation is employed on the bay in the coasting trade and fishery. Kent county comprises an area of 186 square miles. Population, 1820, 10,228; 1830, 12,789. Population to a square mile, 69.