"The numbers from the 1980 census are now starting to appear, and although some of the figures are preliminary, they still give an indication of trends. Until more detailed numbers become available in the spring, city and town totals for Rhode Island can now form the basis for some early analysis of changes over the past 10 years."
Smolski, Chester, "RI: An Exodus from the Cities" (1980). Smolski Texts. 99.