"House sales in the state are at an all-time high. Some towns have imposed housing impact fees and caps on building permits to slow population growth that exceeds 20 percent. Communities are trying to save open space because 26,000 acres of raw land has gone into new development over the last 20 years. And all of this taking place in one of only two states to have lost population in the last seven years!"
Smolski, Chester, "Only in RI: Housing Booms, Population Sags, Shifts" (1999). Smolski Texts. 281.