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Overview

Introduction to Woonsocket, Rhode Island

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in Providence county, is 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center) and 33 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts.The people of the city are in the Providence - Fall River - Warwick metropolitan area. Woonsocket has a population of 43,224.

Woonsocket History

Woonsocket was originally inhabited by the Nipmucs, Narragansetts, and Wampanoags Indians. European settlers first arrived here in the 17th century. Roger Williams, an English theologian, purchased the area in 1661. According to tradition, the city derived its name from an Indian term meaning "at the very steep hill. However, some believe it means "thunder mist" and refers to the Blackstone River's largest waterfall, which lies at the center of Woonsocket. It was initially incorporated as a town in 1867 and was reincorporated as a city in 1888.

Woonsocket and nearby Attractions

  • Museum of Work & Culture
  • River Island Park
  • Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • World War II Memorial State Park
  • Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
  • Franklin Park Zoo

Things To Do In Woonsocket

Woonsocket is home to the Museum of Work and Culture. You can also visit Island Place Historic District, Social Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and North End Historic District. You can also plan a family daytrip to the Garden in the Woods, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, New England Aquarium, and Buttonwood Park Zoo. One can enjoy shopping at the Mill River Square Shopping Center, The Pavilion Shopping Center, Walnut Hill Plaza Shopping Center, and Bibliotheque Mallet.

Woonsocket Transportation

Air transportation is available from Theodore Francis Green State Airport.

Woonsocket Higher Education

Bryant College and Providence College are the nearest colleges.

People

Total Population 41,213
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 14.5%
Employed Population 16+ 17,513
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 39.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $34,385
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,174
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,544

Wealth

Median Family Income $45,986
% Above Poverty Level 75%
% Below Poverty Level 25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $821
Median House Value $159,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 6.4%
Irish 13.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Woonsocket Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NW of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Providence
Metro Area Providence - Fall River - Warwick
Standard Zip Codes 02895
Phone Area Codes 401
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.002
Longitude -71.515

Woonsocket Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WEST MEDWAY
Distance 10 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 38 F
Apr Temp 35 to 59 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 37 to 64 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station NORTH FOSTER 1 E
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 35 F
Apr Temp 36 to 58 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Station WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 58 F
Annual Precip 49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burrillville 16,170 $80,000
Cumberland 34,124 $89,587
Glocester 9,897 $90,960
Lincoln 21,396 $86,800
North Smithfield 12,159 $93,920
Smithfield 21,513 $81,790

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Woonsocket Public Libraries

Library
Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 CLINTON STREET
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
(401) 769-9044

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Woonsocket Hospitals

LANDMARK MEDICAL CENTER, INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
115 CASS AVE
(401) 769-4100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Woonsocket High Schools

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WOONSOCKET HIGH SCHOOL
777 CASS AVENUE
401-767-4600
Serves 1,970 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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401-767-4662
A Vocational School

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