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Overview

Introduction to Leicester, Massachusetts

Leicester, Massachusetts, in Worcester county, is 5 miles W of Worcester, Massachusetts and 44 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is conveniently located inside the Worcester metropolitan area.

Leicester History

Although no significant battles of the American Revolution were fought in the region that is today known as Leicester, the citizens of the area played a major role in the beginning of the conflict. Leicester thus holds an important place in the history of America. The town of Leicester was first settled in the year 1713. It was officially incorporated in 1714.

Leicester and nearby Attractions

  • Leicester Historical Society
  • Playoff Arcade
  • American Bowling Lanes
  • Yamate Amusements
  • National Amusements
  • AMF Bowling Centers-AMF Bowling Lanes

Things To Do In Leicester

The city offers a variety of things to do for people of all ages and tastes. One can embark on a sightseeing trip with family members or friends and explore the various tourist attractions situated in and around the city or get educated on the history of Leicester in one of the many historical buildings.

Leicester Transportation

The local airport to Leicester is Worcester Regional.

Leicester Higher Education

The nearest college that serves the city is Worcester State College.

People

Total Population 11,224
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 5,993
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 47.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 26.2%
Median Earnings25+ $41,119
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $28,167
Median Earnings With High School Degree $33,750

Wealth

Median Family Income $81,809
% Above Poverty Level 94.5%
% Below Poverty Level 5.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.2%
Median Gross Rent $857
Median House Value $227,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.1%
US/American 0.1%
English 11.7%
Irish 23.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leicester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles W of Worcester, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 44 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01524
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.245
Longitude -71.909

Leicester Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WORCESTER RGNL AP
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 36 to 54 F
Jul Temp 61 to 79 F
Oct Temp 41 to 58 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station BUFFUMVILLE LAKE
Distance 8.9 miles
Jan Temp 12 to 34 F
Apr Temp 34 to 57 F
Jul Temp 59 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
Station BARRE FALLS DAM
Distance 14.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 32 F
Apr Temp 32 to 55 F
Jul Temp 55 to 80 F
Oct Temp 34 to 59 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 16,364 $90,130
East Brookfield 1,169 $78,417
Holden 18,053 $110,788
Paxton 4,860 $108,221
Spencer 5,578 $61,716
Worcester 183,382 $56,221

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Leicester Public Libraries

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Leicester Public Library
1136 MAIN ST.
Leicester, Massachusetts
(508) 892-7020

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Leicester High Schools

LEICESTER HIGH
174 PAXTON STREET
508-892-7030
Serves 555 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

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