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 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.

Woonsocket Almanac

County Providence County
Standard Zip Codes2895
Phone Area Codes401
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude41.99
Approximate Longitude-71.5

Woonsocket Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance10 miles
Jan Temp13 to 38 F
Apr Temp35 to 59 F
Jul Temp60 to 84 F
Oct Temp37 to 64 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
Distance15.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp36 to 58 F
Jul Temp61 to 81 F
Oct Temp40 to 61 F
Annual Precip53.1 inches
Distance26.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp36 to 54 F
Jul Temp61 to 79 F
Oct Temp41 to 58 F
Annual Precip49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income

Woonsocket Public Libraries

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

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Woonsocket Hospitals

Landmark Medical Center
115 Cass Ave

Woonsocket Public Schools

Beacon Charter School
320 Main Street
ZIP: 2895
(401) 671-6261
Total Enrollment 230
Bernon Heights School
657 Logee Street
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4864
Total Enrollment 469
Citizens Memorial School
250 Winthrop Street
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4850
Total Enrollment 417
Globe Park School
192 Avenue A
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4830
Total Enrollment 497
Governor Aram J. Pothier Schoo
420 Robinson Street
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4767
Total Enrollment 527
Harris School
60 High School Street
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4856
Total Enrollment 424
Kevin K. Coleman School
96 Second Avenue
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4859
Total Enrollment 305
Leo A. Savoie School
990 Mendon Road
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4820
Total Enrollment 406
Woonsocket Career An Tech Ctr.
400 Aylsworth Avenue
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4662
Woonsocket High School
777 Cass Avenue
ZIP: 2895
(401) 767-4707
Total Enrollment 1556
Woonsocket Middle School
60 Florence Dr
ZIP: 2895
(401) 235-6125
Total Enrollment 1286

Woonsocket Private Schools

Action Based Enterprises School
141 Main St
ZIP: 2895
Total Enrollment 10
Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional School
77 Federal St
ZIP: 2895
Total Enrollment 297
Hillside Alternative Program
141 Main St
ZIP: 2895
Total Enrollment 11
Mount St Charles Academy
800 Logee St
ZIP: 2895
Total Enrollment 874
Msgr Gadoury Primary School
1371 Park Ave
ZIP: 2895
Total Enrollment 109
Viola M Berard School
181 Cumberland St
ZIP: 2895
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 14
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