"Ask any Rhode Islander how many counties there are in the state, and the typical response is a blanklook. Ask the names of these five state devisions and you might get a Providence or a Kent. Then say that the one in the south does not have that name, and that really creates confusion.
Welcome to the world of the locally misunderstood yet most important form of government below the state level in this country: the county."
Smolski, Chester, "You Mean There Are Counties Here in the Ocean State, Too?" (1991). Smolski Texts. 314.