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, Worcester isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Worcester are a mix 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 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Worcester is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Worcester, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The 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.
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.