Worcester, MA
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Worcester is a relatively large city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 184,815 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 (12.87%), sales jobs (9.38%), and healthcare (6.87%).

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.

The education level of Worcester citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.62% of adults in Worcester have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Worcester in 2010 was $24,555, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $98,220 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 20.76% 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 21.92% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Worcester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.