This chestnut has been in my server logs for most of the month, and every time I see it, it makes me laugh.
For foreigners, and ignorant Americans, Rhode Island is the smallest state, having just a little over 1000 square miles in land area. But it’s the 43rd smallest state in regards to population, with about 1,050,000 people. New York City is much smaller than the state of Rhode Island, at 321 square miles, but has something close to 8 million people living there. (Figures taken from the intro to Animal Precinct.)