Though the state of Rhode Island houses a relatively small overall population, there are many faith-seekers among its citizens. As of 2010, over 450,000 of state residents claimed Catholicism as their religion, while others belonged to Mainline and Evangelical Protestant denominations in slightly smaller numbers, according to the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA).
The ARDA also reports large adherent populations specifically in Catholic, Episcopalian, Baptist, and Methodist denominations, although another portion of this group has remained non-denominational. Rhode Island has also experienced a rise in formerly marginalized Christian faith groups, reporting a collective increase in the number of new congregations for Adventists and Pentecostal groups in the decade between 2000 and 2010.
Education in Rhode Island
Christian colleges in Rhode Island aim to combine a well-rounded academic education with a unique spiritual learning experience. Though the population of college-freshman-aged students is modest, the National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES, reported that college enrollment was up by 8% in the state, from 2005-2010.
Among several diverse Rhode Island Christian colleges is Gordon College, one of the most prestigious liberal arts faith-based institutions in the state. GU offers not only comprehensive programs in Biblical studies, Christian ministry, global Christianity, and peace and conflict studies, in addition to a full range of conventional majors, but also a large selection of global education opportunities supporting travel and missionary programs for qualifying students.
Select programs available through Rhode Island Christian colleges even feature online access, and unique options for distance learning.
Working in Rhode Island
Rhode Island is currently enjoying what the Providence Journal reports are the state’s lowest unemployment rates since 2008. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the largest number of Rhode Island workers as of February 2013 are employed by non-farm industries, namely education and health services, trade, transportation and utilities, and professional and business services rounding out the top three highest-employed industries in the state, respectively.
From 2007-2011, more Rhode Islanders held occupations in management, business, science, and the arts than any other job sector in the state, reports the U.S. Census. Large percentages of the state population also occupied sales, office, and service jobs during this time.
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