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. Much of the housing stock in Worcester was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Worcester is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Worcester has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Worcester enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Worcester.
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.
In terms of college education, Worcester is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 29.72% of adults in Worcester have a college degree.
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.
In addition, Worcester has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.53%).
The most common language spoken in Worcester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.