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Overview

Introduction to Worcester, Massachusetts

Incorporated in 1722, Worcester is the third largest city in New England (behind Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island), and the second largest city in Massachusetts. Worcester has a population of approximately 175,000 people.

Worcester is located in central Massachusetts. It is about an hour drive southwest from Boston, Massachusetts, an hour and ten minutes northeast of Hartford, Connecticut, and 50 minutes northwest of Providence, Rhode Island. Worcester is one of only a few cities to win the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award" five times. Worcester is also home to one Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters. Many others are located in communities near by.

Worcester's climate is characterized by four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and summers tend to be warm and humid. January is the coldest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 31 degrees Fahrenheit. July is the warmest month of the year with an average daily temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Worcester gets an average of almost 68 inches of snow during the winter.

Worcester Arts and Entertainment

For a city of modest size, Worcester provides a good assortment of arts and cultural offerings. Some of the more notable include:

  • The American Antiquarian Society
  • Ecotarium
  • The Foothills Theatre Company
  • The Higgins Armory Museum (the largest collection of arms and armor in the western hemisphere)
  • Musicians of the Old Post Road
  • Music Worcester
  • Opera Worcester
  • The Worcester Art Museum
  • The Worcester History Museum

Worcester is also a relatively short drive to all of the arts and cultural offerings of Boston, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island.

For sports enthusiasts, Worcester's central location gives residents and visitors easy access to numerous professional sporting teams. Worcester itself is home to a professional baseball team, the Worcester Tornadoes, who play in the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, or Can-Am League. Boston to the east is home to Major League Baseball's Boston Red Sox. For individuals who like minor league baseball action, nearby Pawtucket, RI is home Minor League Baseball's (MiLB) Pawtucket Red Sox, and Lowell, Massachusetts is home to the Lowell Spinners. The Red Sox are a Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, and the Spinners are a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. For individuals whose interest turns to hockey, the National Hockey League Boston Bruins play in Boston, and the the American Hockey League (AHL) Providence Bruins, play in Providence. Other nearby sports teams include Major League Soccer's (MLS) New England Revolution, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Softball New England Riptide, the NBA's Boston Celtics, the NFL's New England Patriots, the United Soccer League's (USL) USL-W Division Boston Renegades, and World Team Tennis' (WTT) Boston Lobsters.

People

Total Population 183,382
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 82,044
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 35.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.6%
Median Earnings25+ $36,222
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,470
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,641

Wealth

Median Family Income $56,221
% Above Poverty Level 77.6%
% Below Poverty Level 22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $945
Median House Value $205,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 35.3%
US/American 0.6%
English 4.9%
Irish 15%

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

Worcester Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 38 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Worcester
Standard Zip Codes 01602, 01603, 01604, 01605, 01606, 01607, 01608, 01609, 01610, 01612, 01655
P.O. Box Zip Codes 01601, 01613, 01614, 01615
Company Zip Codes 01653, 01654
Phone Area Codes 508
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.262
Longitude -71.802

Worcester 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 4.1 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 11.3 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 16.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Worcester, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Greendale (01606)

Webster Square (01603)

West Side (01602)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auburn 16,364 $90,130
Grafton 18,219 $114,387
Holden 18,053 $110,788
Leicester 11,224 $81,809
Millbury 13,391 $86,131
Shrewsbury 36,352 $109,946

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

Worcester Public Libraries

Library
Worcester Free Public Library
3 SALEM SQUARE
Worcester, Massachusetts
(508) 799-1655
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Worcester Hospitals

ADCARE HOSPITAL OF WORCESTER INC
(Proprietary)
107 LINCOLN STREET
(508) 799-5000
Emergency Service: No

SAINT VINCENT HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
123 SUMMER STREET
(508) 363-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

UMASS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER INC
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
55 LAKE AVENUE NORTH
(508) 334-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Worcester High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DOHERTY MEMORIAL HIGH
299 HIGHLAND STREET
508-799-3270
Serves 1,486 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

SOUTH HIGH COMMUNITY
170 APRICOT STREET
508-799-3325
Serves 1,430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

BURNCOAT SENIOR HIGH
179 BURNCOAT STREET
508-799-3300
Serves 1,299 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

NORTH HIGH
150 HARRINGTON WAY
508-799-3370
Serves 1,237 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.1

WORCESTER VOC HIGH
2 GROVE STREET
508-799-1980
A Vocational School
Serves 1,017 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.3

ACCELERATED LEARNING LAB
15 CLAREMONT STREET
508-799-3077
A Title I School.
Serves 827 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10

UNIVERSITY PK CAMPUS SCH
12 FREELAND STREET
508-799-3591
Serves 210 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

MA ACADEMY FOR MATH AND SCIENCE SCHOOL
100 INSTITUTE RD
508-831-5859
A Charter School.
Serves 102 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

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St. Paul's Church c1908.

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St. Paul's Church c1908.

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