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Woonsocket is a city in Providence County, in the Providence-New Bedford metro area.

One tradition says the name derives from Indian term for "at the very steep hill," while another says it means "thunder mist."

The latitude of Woonsocket is 42.002N. The longitude is -71.515W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 184 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 44,654.


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Median household income
Local
$30,819
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Woonsocket demographic reports
Woonsocket is on the Blackstone River.
Settlers built a sawmill here in 1666
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 183. The number of murders and homicides was 0. The violent crime rate was 4.1 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the state, June 2001 in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Filming location for:
· 1999 movie, "Outside Providence"
Well-known residents have included:
· Gabby Hartnett, baseball player
· Nap Lajoie, baseball player
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Autumnfest - Oct. 6-8, 2007
Dates often change. Check Woonsocket web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: River Island Park
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Work & Culture
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 90

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Woonsocket demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Providence County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Providence area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 02895 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Woonsocket residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Woonsocket ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Woonsocket was $16,223, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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10% of Woonsocket residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Woonsocket include Allen Street Historic District, Cato Hill Historic District, Island Place Historic District, Main Street Historic District, North End Historic District, Union Village Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Woonsocket, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $419.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,064.


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Libraries in Woonsocket include Fairmount Branch, Woonsocket Harris Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Woonsocket include Woonsocket Call

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The average commute time for Woonsocket workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Woonsocket between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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