City of Woonsocket
169 Main Street Woonsocket, RI 02895
(401) 762-6400 FAX (401) 765-4569
WOONSOCKET - OVERVIEW &
This table represents demographic information about
|Total Population: 43,877
||Total Population: 227,131
|Persons in Labor Force: 21,248
||Persons in Labor Force: 114,412
|Number of Households: 17,572
||Number of Households: 86,904
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Population and Housing
(information from Census 2000)
The City of Woonsocket is surrounded by the growing suburban
communities of Lincoln, Cumberland and North Smithfield, and boasts
a positive business climate where City officials and the business
community can work together to build a strong economy. Companies
moving to Woonsocket will find the area affordable, with diverse
housing choices, quality health care, a skilled labor force, a
modern public school system, and access to five private schools,
including the prestigious Mount Saint Charles Academy.
Today, Woonsocket is served by 11 Roman Catholic and 3 Baptist
churches, as well as Apostolic-Pentecostal, Assembly of God, Church
of Christ, Eastern Orthodox, Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Ukrainian
Catholic, United Methodist, and Universalist congregations.
The City is home to Landmark Medical Center, a full-serviced
medical facility, offering quality care to area residents for over
100 years. CVS Corporation, a fortune 500 company, is headquartered
in the City.
Woonsocket is centrally located in the
Boston/Worcester/Providence Triangle, with direct interstate
connection to Route 146 and I-295 by way of the newly constructed
Route 99. Driving time between Woonsocket and Providence is 15 to 20
minutes. Boston can be reached via I-295 or I-495 to I-95 in about
an hour, while travel time to Central Worcester via Route 146 is
approximately 40 minutes. State routes 114, 122 and 126 run through
the City, providing connections to the Interstate System.
** service area includes the eight communities of
Northern Rhode Island
INFRASTRUCTURE / PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS
Woonsocket has modern Multi-million dollar wastewater and water
treatment facilities, each employing state-of-the-art treatment
techniques. The regional wastewater plant is currently operating
substantially below capacity, and the City's water system is in the
envious position of having excess capacity exceeding one million
gallons daily. These resources place Woonsocket in a favorable
position to attract and service new businesses.
The City is engaged in the extensive renovation of the Woonsocket
Harris Public Library, the construction of a new state of the art
Elementary School and the expansion and renovation of many other
schools. The Police Station has been widely recognized for its
design excellence. In addition to these modern facilities, the City
has engaged in a comprehensive program of park and conservation land
acquisition and development. With state and federal financial
assistance the City has embarked on a multi-million dollar street
reconstruction program and the rebirth of Main Street.
Did you know...
That there are only two Woonsocket's in the United
States? Woonsocket, RI was the first, established in 1888. The
Woonsocket, SD, was named by
its superintendent of railroads who had originally come from
The first inhabitants of what is today the city of
Woonsocket were Eastland woodland Indians - mainly Nipmucs,
Wampanoaags and Narragansetts.
By the mid-nineteenth century, Woonsocket had grown
to become one of the largest textile manufacturing centers in the
The first free public library in Rhode Island was
located in what is now City Hall.