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Welcome to Woonsocket ...

The city of Woonsocket is located in Sanborn County<1> and is the County Seat for Sanborn County.

The pronunciation of Woonsocket: WOON-sah-kuht<2>

When the people of Woonsocket refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Woonsocketer<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Woonsocket has a population of 647 people<4> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Woonsocket.

Woonsocket is 1,300 feet [396 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Woonsocket lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Woonsocket: (605)

The ZIP code for Woonsocket: 57385<6>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Woonsocket had an population of 647 people. This is a decrease of 1.22% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 10.14% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Woonsocket had a population of 655 people (or 27.81% of the total population of Sanborn County). This makes Woonsocket the county's most populous community.

The population of Woonsocket represents 0.08% of the population of South Dakota (which has 814,180 people), making it the state's 127th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 655 people, the population of Woonsocket decreased 9.03% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 720 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Woonsocket.

Communities Also Named Woonsocket ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named Woonsocket - they are located in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Woonsocket.

Communities near Woonsocket ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Woonsocket.

  • Wessington Springs (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wessington Springs
    • Wessington Springs lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the west of Woonsocket and is located in Jerauld County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 899 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wessington Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Wessington Springs<8>
  • Alpena (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpena
    • Alpena lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<7> to the northwest of Woonsocket and is located in Jerauld County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 278 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpena have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpena
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alpena<8>
  • Letcher (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Letcher
    • Letcher lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Woonsocket and is located in Sanborn County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 176 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Letcher have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Letcher
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Letcher<8>
  • Artesian (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Artesian
    • Artesian lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the east of Woonsocket and is located in Sanborn County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 134 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Artesian have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Artesian
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Artesian<8>
  • Forestburg (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forestburg
    • Forestburg lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<7> to the east of Woonsocket and is located in Sanborn County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 73 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forestburg
  • Lane (7 miles [11.3 km] to the west)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lane
    • Lane lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<7> to the west of Woonsocket and is located in Jerauld County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 59 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lane have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lane
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lane<8>
  • Virgil (18 miles [29 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virgil
    • Virgil lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the northwest of Woonsocket and is located in Beadle County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 18 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Virgil have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virgil
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Virgil<8>
  • Storla (13 miles [20.9 km] to the south)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Storla
    • Storla lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the south of Woonsocket and is located in Aurora County
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 6 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Storla have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Storla
  • Cuthbert (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cuthbert
    • Cuthbert lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<7> to the southeast of Woonsocket and is located in Sanborn County
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cuthbert
  • Loomis (19 miles [30.6 km] to the southeast)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Loomis
    • Loomis lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the southeast of Woonsocket and is located in Davison County
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Loomis have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Loomis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Loomis<8>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Woonsocket. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Woonsocket.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Woonsocket. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Woonsocket.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Woonsocket. Our list includes 5 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Woonsocket.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Woonsocket ...

Looking for more information about Woonsocket? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Woonsocket, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Woonsocket.

Adding Woonsocket to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Woonsocket in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Woonsocket was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Woonsocket on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for South Dakota (1949).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Woonsocket on our Genealogy Page.

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Woonsocket

Cities, Towns and Villages of South Dakota

About Sanborn County

About South Dakota

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Woonsocket. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of South Dakota: sd.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of South Dakota's counties, including Sanborn, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Woonsocket. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Woonsocket refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Woonsocket may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Woonsocket.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Woonsocket - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Woonsocket). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Woonsocket or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Woonsocket) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Woonsocket. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WoonsocketOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Woonsocket. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.0540, Longitude: -98.2724    
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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