Worcester, MA

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Worcester, MA

About Worcester, MA

Worcester, Massachusetts is a vibrant and lively city with something for everyone. From its rich history to its modern amenities, Worcester has it all. For those looking for culture and entertainment, the Worcester Art Museum, EcoTarium and Mechanics Hall are must-sees. For outdoor enthusiasts, explore the many parks and trails in the area or take a stroll through historic Kelley Square. With its excellent food scene, diverse neighborhoods, and amazing shops and cafes, Worcester is an enjoyable destination to visit! Mid-sized city - Center of Massachusetts between Connecticut/Rhode Island and New Hampshire border.

State: Massachusetts
County: Worcester County
Metro Area: Worcester Metro Area
City: Worcester
Zip Codes: 01604 01605 01602 01610 01609 01603 01606 01607 01608
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 470 ft above sea level

Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts. From its roots in the Industrial Revolution, it is evolving into a diverse research, manufacturing, and technology center, featuring a significant health care presence and a large biotechnology research park. The downtown is being gradually restored and modernized. Origins as a cultural center continue with the area’s many small museums and colleges, as well as a good set of small performing arts amenities. Mountain areas to the west and lakes mainly north offer good recreation opportunities. Cost of living is influenced by more expensive areas east and is high for local income levels.

The area has grown to include all of Worcester county, and thus the twin cities of Fitchburg and Leominster to the north, typical New England towns with similar economic challenges. There is a strong sense of community pride. Central location relative to Boston, discount air service and other amenities in Providence, and other points New England make it attractive.

Worcester is located in a valley surrounded by hills and ridges rising from 500 feet above the city to over 1,000 feet 15 miles north. There are long valleys, some with reservoirs, between the nearby hills. Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, and the Berkshire Hills to the west plays an important part in weather and climate. Rapid weather changes occur when storms move up the East Coast from the Carolinas. The mountains provide some shelter from storm systems from the west. Summers are moderate. Winters are usually moderate for the latitude but have frequent cold snaps. Precipitation is spread evenly throughout the year, with summer thunderstorms developing over the mountains. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.

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Worcester Cost of Living

Educated population, local arts and culture, and central location make Worcester a great place to live.

+7.5% higher than avg
-21.6% lower than avg
$1,194 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
+3.9% higher than avg
Worcester Crime
42.2 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Worcester
   Educated population
   Local arts and culture
Harsh winters
   Central location
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Over 10 years ago

I don't understand why your statistics say there aren't any Hispanics/Latinos in Worcester. I'm Puerto Rican, and I grew up there. There are plenty of Latin people all  More

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Over 12 years ago

Great healthcare statewide, not just in  More

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Though I don't live there, Worcester is a first class bargain for a great first class education! Worcester has at least 10 great colleges and universities in this city,  More

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