Woonsocket, South Dakota

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Woonsocket, South Dakota
Motto(s): 
"The Town with the Beautiful Lake"
Location in Sanborn County and the state of South Dakota
Location in Sanborn County and the state of South Dakota
Coordinates: 44°3′10″N 98°16′25″W / 44.05278°N 98.27361°W / 44.05278; -98.27361Coordinates: 44°3′10″N 98°16′25″W / 44.05278°N 98.27361°W / 44.05278; -98.27361
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Dakota
CountySanborn
Incorporated1888[1]
Area
 • Total0.79 sq mi (2.05 km2)
 • Land0.78 sq mi (2.02 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,306 ft (398 m)
Population
 • Total655
 • Estimate 
(2015)[4]
659
 • Density839.7/sq mi (324.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
57385
Area code(s)605
FIPS code46-72700[5]
GNIS feature ID1259083[6]
WebsiteThe City of Woonsocket, South Dakota

Woonsocket is a city in Sanborn County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 655 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Sanborn County.[7]

History[edit]

Woonsocket was developed in 1883 as a railroad town because of its location at the junction on the Chicago, Milwaukee and Saint Paul Railroad.[8] C.H. Prior, the superintendent of the railroad, named the town Woonsocket after his home town of Woonsocket, Rhode Island.[9][10] The town was incorporated in 1888.[11]

Woonsocket was known for artesian well which was drilled in 1888. It was claimed that in its prime, the well flowed over 8,000 gallons per minute out of the six inch wide pipe. The well was capped off in 1906. [12]

2003 South Dakota tornado outbreak[edit]

On June 24, 2003 a EF-3 Tornado passed just east of town, it was apart of the 67 tornadoes that touched down on June 24th, Holding a record for "Most tornadoes to touch down in one state in one day.

Geography[edit]

Woonsocket is located at 44°03′10″N 98°16′25″W / 44.052797°N 98.273699°W / 44.052797; -98.273699.[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.79 square miles (2.05 km2), of which, 0.78 square miles (2.02 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890687
1900648−5.7%
19101,02758.5%
19201,36833.2%
19301,108−19.0%
19401,050−5.2%
19501,0510.1%
19601,035−1.5%
1970852−17.7%
1980799−6.2%
1990766−4.1%
2000720−6.0%
2010655−9.0%
Est. 2016671[14]2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
2015 Estimate[4]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 655 people, 287 households, and 168 families residing in the city. The population density was 839.7 inhabitants per square mile (324.2/km2). There were 318 housing units at an average density of 407.7 per square mile (157.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.3% White, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.5% of the population.

There were 287 households of which 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 37.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age in the city was 48.9 years. 21.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 18.7% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 27.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 720 people, 301 households, and 192 families residing in the city. The population density was 918.4 people per square mile (356.4/km2). There were 330 housing units at an average density of 420.9 per square mile (163.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.50% White, 0.42% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.42% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.39% of the population.

There were 301 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 26.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,341, and the median income for a family was $38,304. Males had a median income of $26,625 versus $17,552 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,035. About 5.3% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 12.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SD Towns" (PDF). South Dakota State Historical Society. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
  4. ^ a b "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on October 19, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "History of Woonsocket". The City of Woonsocket, South Dakota. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "Profile for Woonsocket, South Dakota, SD". ePodunk. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). South Dakota place-names, v.1-3. University of South Dakota. p. 69.
  11. ^ "Woonsocket, South Dakota". City-Data.com. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  12. ^ {{cite web| url|= http://www.woonsocketsd.com/index_files/Page4949.htm
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  15. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2016.

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