Worcester is a relatively large city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 184,508 people and 44 constituent neighborhoods, Worcester is the second largest community in Massachusetts. Worcester has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Worcester is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Worcester is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Worcester who work in office and administrative support (12.96%), sales jobs (9.57%), and food service (6.93%).
Also of interest is that Worcester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Worcester is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Worcester is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Worcester is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Worcester area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The overall education level of Worcester citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.72% of adults in Worcester have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.
The per capita income in Worcester in 2010 was $25,224, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $100,896 for a family of four. However, Worcester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Worcester is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Worcester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Worcester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Worcester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 20.79% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Worcester include Italian, French , English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Worcester's cultural character, accounting for 21.53% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Worcester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.