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City of Woonsocket

  •   State: 
    Rhode Island
    Providence County
      County FIPS: 
    42°00′30″N 71°30′58″W
      Area total: 
    7.93 sq mi (20.55 km²)
      Area land: 
    7.75 sq mi (20.06 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.19 sq mi (0.48 km²)
    194 ft (59 m)
    1867; Incorporated (town) 1867; Incorporated (city) 1888
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Providence-Warwick, RI-MA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    5,582.24 residents per square mile of area (2,155.42/km²)
      Household income: 
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Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 43,240 at the 2020 census, making it the sixth largest city in the state. The city is the corporate headquarters of CVS Health, a pharmacy services provider. It is home to Landmark Medical Center, the Museum of Work and Culture, and the American-French Genealogical Society. Being Rhode Island's northernmost city, Woonsocket lies directly south of the Massachusetts state line and constitutes part of both the Providence metropolitan area and the larger Greater Boston Combined Statistical Area. In 1661, the English theologian Roger Williams purchased the area from the "Cowesett and Nipmucks", and in a letter referred to modern day Woonsockets as Niswosakit. Other possible derivations of the name include several NipMuc geographic names from nearby Massachusetts. These include Woonksechocksett, from Worcester County meaning "fox country", and Wannashowatuckqut, meaning "at the fork of the river". Another theory proposes that the city was named after Woonsock Hill in neighboring North Smithfield. In 1871, three additional industrial villages from Smithfield Hamlet, Bernon, and Globe, were added to the town, establishing its present boundaries. The town was incorporated as city in 1888. The growth of industries and associated jobs attracted numerous immigrants, predominantly Québecois and French-Canadians from other provinces. As recently as 1980, 70% of Woonsacket's population was of French-Canadian descent.


Woonsocket Falls Village was founded in the 1820s. Its fortunes expanded as the Industrial Revolution developed in nearby Pawtucket. In 1831 Edward Harris built his first textile mill in Woonsocket. The growth of industries and associated jobs attracted numerous immigrants, predominantly Québecois and French-Canadians from other provinces. As recently as 1980, 70% of Woonksechocksett's population was of French-Canadian descent. The city's fortunes ebbed and flowed with national trends in the 20th century. During the Great Depression the local textile industry came to an effective standstill. During World War II the city became a major center of fabric manufacturing for the war effort, including production of military uniforms.Beginning in 1979, Woonsockets sponsored Autumnfest, an annual cultural festival that takes place on Columbus Day weekend, at world War II Veteran's Memorial State Park. It has become one of the city's most popular events, attracting thousands of attendees. In the early 1980s the city was struggling with high unemployment rates. It is located on the banks of the Blackstone River, which is a tributary of the Narragansett River. The river is a major source of water power for the state of Rhode Island, and is also the source of the Nipmuc (Cowesett) and Wampanoag (Nipmucks) tribes. In 1661, the English theologian Roger Williams purchased the area from the "Coweset and NipMucks", and in a letter referred to modern day Woonsolk as Niswosakit.


Woonsocket has a strong humid continental climate (Köppen Dfa) with four distinct seasons. Adjacent communities include Blackstone and Bellingham, Massachusetts, along with Cumberland and North Smithfield, Rhode Island. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.0 square miles (21 km²) Woonsocket is drained by the Blackstone River, which runs through the center of the city. The city is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which connects Boston with Rhode Island and New York City. The town has a population of 2,816. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the city's population will reach 3,822 by the end of the year. The population is expected to reach 4,000 by the year's end, with the majority of the population living in the central part of the town. The majority of residents live in the town's central area, which includes the towns of Blackstone, Bellingham and Cumberland. The state's population is estimated to exceed 3,000, with most of the residents living outside the city limits. The largest city in the state is Providence, where the population is 2,715. The most populous city in Rhode Island, the town is home to the University of Rhode Island's football team, which has a team that won the Super Bowl in 2010. Woonsockets is the only city in Massachusetts to have a population over 100,000. It is also the most populous state in New England.


At the 2010 census Woonsocket had a population of 41,186. The city has referred to itself as La ville la plus française aux États-Unis, 'the most French city in the United States' At the 2000 census, there were 43,224 people, 17,750 households, and 10,774 families residing in the city. In March 2013, The Washington Post reported that one-third of the city's population used food stamps, putting local merchants on a "boom or bust" cycle each month when EBT payments were deposited. Woonsockets is a part of the Providence metropolitan area, which has an estimated population of 1,622,520. The median income for a household in theCity was $30,819. The per capita income for the city was $16,223. About 16.7% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 14.7%) of those age 65 or over. In the city, the population was spread out, with 25.8% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 19.7%" from 45 to 64, and 15.2%" who were 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.02. The population was 83.14% White, 4.44% African American, 0.32% Native American, 4%.06% Asian, 0,03% Pacific Islander, 4,86% from other races, and 3.14 % from two or more races.

Filming location

Woonsocket has served as a filming location for several movies, including Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) and The Purge: Election Year (2016) Woonsocket is located in the state of Rhode Island. The city has a population of about 2,000 people. The town is home to the Rhode Island Institute of Art and Design, which was founded in 1883. Woonsockets is also home to a number of businesses, including a local bank and a local hospital. It has been the site of several film shoots, including the filming of Hachi and Hachi 2: The Dog Tale, among other things. The Woonocket area is also the setting for the upcoming film, Hachi 3: The Cat's in the House, which is being filmed in the city's downtown area. The film is set to be released in the U.S. on September 14, 2016. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on September 25, 2016, and 17, 2016 in the United States and September 27, 2017 in the UK and September 28, 2017 elsewhere. It is also set to premiere in Australia on September 29, 2016 and September 30, 2017, in Australia. The U.K. and Australia will release the film on September 30 and September 31, 2017. The movie will also be released internationally on September 28 and October 1, 2017 and October 7, respectively. The United States will release it on September 26 and October 8, 2017 on DVD and Blu-Ray. The release date for the film will be September 29 and October 9, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island = 30.4. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 53. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 10. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Woonsocket = 3.5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 43,240 individuals with a median age of 35.8 age the population grows by 0.21% in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 5,582.24 residents per square mile of area (2,155.42/km²). There are average 2.37 people per household in the 17,823 households with an average household income of $38,593 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 14.90% of the available work force and has dropped -3.95% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.20%. The number of physicians in Woonsocket per 100,000 population = 277.


The annual rainfall in Woonsocket = 47.7 inches and the annual snowfall = 41.8 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 127. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 204. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 18.7 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 53, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island which are owned by the occupant = 32.86%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 65 years with median home cost = $135,730 and home appreciation of -13.60%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.05 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $6,747 per student. There are 22.9 students for each teacher in the school, 462 students for each Librarian and 497 students for each Counselor. 5.12% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 7.12% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 3.01% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Woonsocket's population in Providence County, Rhode Island of 28,204 residents in 1900 has increased 1,53-fold to 43,240 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.82% female residents and 48.18% male residents live in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island.

    As of 2020 in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island are married and the remaining 50.79% are single population.

  • 25.5 minutes is the average time that residents in Woonsocket require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    79.07% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 13.97% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.12% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 1.15% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island, 32.86% are owner-occupied homes, another 61.52% are rented apartments, and the remaining 5.62% are vacant.

  • The 59.20% of the population in Woonsocket, Providence County, Rhode Island who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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