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Woonsocket, Rhode Island - Basic Facts

The City of Woonsocket is the 6th largest city in Rhode Island with a population of 41,944 as of July 1, 2017. Woonsocket ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Rhode Island. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Woonsocket is located at latitude 42.0017 and longitude -71.4999 in Providence County. The formal boundaries for the City of Woonsocket (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.74 sq. miles and a water area of 0.19 sq. miles. Providence County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 194 feet.

The City of Woonsocket (GNIS ID: 1220079) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Woonsocket population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Woonsocket: CrossRoads, Miswosakit, Niswosaket, Woonsocket Falls.

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Woonsocket, RI Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 41,944
Daytime Population: Workers 16,754
Daytime Population: Residents 24,142
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 40,896
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.98
Population in Households 41,157
Population in Familes 30,657
Population in Group Qrtrs 787
Population Density2 5,420
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $38,175
Average Household Income $52,726
Per Capita Income $22,133


Total Housing Units 19,540 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,184 (31.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,174 (57.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,182 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $196,744
Average Home Value $203,420


Total Households 17,358
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 10,096
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.25% 0.23%
Households 0.24% 0.21%
Families 0.12% 0.15%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   3.04%

Woonsocket, RI - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Woonsocket to the other 34 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Rhode Island by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 85th
Population Density # 4 91st
Diversity Index # 5 88th
Median Household Income # 32 9th
Per Capita Income # 31 12th

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