As with many other states in the New England region, Rhode Island is divided into 39 municipalities that handle all local governance. These municipalities have clearly defined borders, and should be considered the default city for any roads or Places within those borders.
*Barrington ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Barrington/ GIS])*Bristol ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Bristol/ GIS])*Burrillville ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/
RI/ Burrillville/ GIS])*Central Falls ([https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/centralfalls/pages/44/attachments/original/1420580635/Plat_Maps.pdf PLAT])*Charlestown ([http://charlestown.mapxpress.net/ags_map/ GIS])*Coventry ([ http://www. caigisonline.com/CoventryRI/ GIS])*Cranston ([http://gis. cranstonri. org/assessor/ GIS])*Cumberland ([http:// www. mapgeo.com/cumberlandri/ GIS])*East Greenwich*East Providence ([http:// www. eastprovidenceri. net/ content/ 666/ 738/ 740/ default.aspx PLAT])*Exeter ([http:// www. mapgeo.com/ ExeterRI/ GIS])*Foster*Glocester ([http://www.glocesterri.org/taxassessor.htm#gis PLAT])*Hopkinton ([http:// www. hopkintonri. org/ TaxMaps. htm PLAT])*Jamestown ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Jamestown/ GIS])*Johnston ([http:// www. mapgeo.com/ JohnstonRI/ GIS])*Lincoln ([http:// www. mapgeo.com/LincolnRI / GIS])*Little Compton ([http://www.little-compton.com/docs/assessors/lcriplatmaps.pdf PLAT])*Middletown ([http://hosting.tighebond.com/MiddletownRI_Public/index.html GIS])*Narragansett ([ http:// ri-narragansett. civicplus.com/ index.aspx? nid= 332 PLAT])*New Shoreham ([http:// www. new-shoreham.com/ maps.cfm PLAT])*Newport ([http://newportri.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html GIS])*North Kingstown ([http://gis. northkingstown. org/ Map.aspx GIS])*North Providence ([http://northprovidenceri.gov/plat-maps/ PLAT])*North Smithfield ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/NorthSmithfield/ GIS])*Pawtucket ([http:// www. pawtucketri.com/ departments/tax/platmap.php PLAT])*Portsmouth ([http://www. portsmouthri.com/ Archive. aspx?AMID=41 PLAT])*Providence ([https:// gis. providenceri.com/ city-map/ GIS])*Richmond ([http:// www. mapgeo.com/ RichmondRI/ GIS])
*Scituate ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Scituate/ GIS])
mapgeo.com/smithfieldri/ GIS])*South Kingstown ([http:// gis1. cdm.com/ FL/ southkingstownri/ main. html GIS])*Tiverton ([http://www. mapgeo.com/ TivertonRI/ GIS])*Warren ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Warren/ GIS])*Warwick ([http://www. warwickri. gov/ assessors/ pages/ warwick-assessor-plat-maps PLAT])*West Greenwich ([http://www.wgtownri.org/ departments/ assessor/ assessor.php PLAT (bottom of page)])*West Warwick ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/WestWarwick/ GIS])*Westerly ([http:// host. cdmsmithgis. com/ westerlyri/ GIS])*Woonsocket ([http://www.mainstreetmaps.com/RI/Woonsocket/ GIS])
Rhode Island municipalities can be further subdivided into named villages; though often times, the boundaries of these villages are not as clearly defined. In
some cases, we can refer to [ http: //www.zipmap.net/Rhode_Island.htm zip code boundaries] to determine village locations. Since mailing addresses are the only way for residents to know which village they reside in, only village names that are recognized by the US Postal Service as the '''default city''' of a given standard zip code should be mapped. Those villages are:
* Shannock (02875)
* Slatersville (02876)
* Wakefield (02879)
* West Kingston (02892)
For roads in these areas, the village should be the primary City name, with the municipality the village is contained in listed as an alternate City name.
==Census Designated Places==
When the original Waze basemap was first introduced, it utilized [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_designated_place Census Designated Places (CDPs)] to determine the boundaries for cities on the Waze map. These CDPs are arbitrary areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau for the
purposes of statistical analysis, and are redefined with each new census every 10 years. As a result, these named areas are not suitable for defining city boundaries in Rhode Island. If a road has a city name that is not in the above lists, then it's probably a CDP name and should be changed.
'''Official Rhode Island policy is that Census Designated Places should not be mapped'''