Woonsocket is a medium-sized city located in the state of Rhode Island. With a population of 41,759 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Woonsocket is the sixth largest community in Rhode Island. Much of the housing stock in Woonsocket was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Woonsocket is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Woonsocket is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Woonsocket who work in office and administrative support (13.74%), sales jobs (9.04%), and food service (7.94%).
Also of interest is that Woonsocket has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
The percentage of adults in Woonsocket with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 15.27% of adults in Woonsocket have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Woonsocket in 2010 was $22,747, which is low income relative to Rhode Island, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,988 for a family of four. However, Woonsocket contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Woonsocket is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Woonsocket home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Woonsocket residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Woonsocket also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.34% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Woonsocket include French, French Canadian, Irish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Woonsocket is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.