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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 (12.87%), 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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Worcester really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Worcester is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Worcester more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Worcester’s character and quality of life.

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: 29.62% of adults in Worcester have a college 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.

Worcester also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 21.92%.

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