The city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island is situated in the northern part of the state, on the Massachusetts/Rhode Island border. The city is home to more than 41,000 residents, making it the sixth-largest city in Rhode Island.
The city has been, through the years, largely French-Canadian. During the 1920's about 75% of Woonsocket's population was French-Canadian. Newspapers were written in French, and most public conversation was in French. By 1980, about 70% of the population in Woonsocket was of French-Canadian descent.
Woonsocket offers a variety of recreational activities. The stadium theater is a restored gem from the1920's that currently serves as a performing arts center. Other attractions include many historical buildings such as city hall, and the Museum of Work and Culture.
There are more than 100 restaurants to choose from in Woonsocket. Most are casual dining spots offering cuisine such as fish and chips or burgers. Other options include Mexican, Italian, Greek, and Thai.
Common occupations in the area are in construction, retail, and manufacturing. Commuters report varied travel times to work. Most travel between ten and twenty-five minutes to work. However, around 15% report a 35-minute drive.
Woonsocket is part of the Woonsocket Education Department. The district has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school.
The city's rich history, variety of restaurants, and close proximity to both Boston and Providence makes Woonsocket an ideal place to live.