Worcester is a relatively large city located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 185,877 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 (12.44%), sales jobs (8.89%), and healthcare (7.32%).
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.
Not only is Worcester a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Worcester is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Worcester a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The overall education level of Worcester citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.11% 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 $26,919, which is low income relative to Massachusetts, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $107,676 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 21.33% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Worcester include Irish, Italian, French, English, and Polish.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Worcester's cultural character, accounting for 21.28% of the city’s population.
The most common language spoken in Worcester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.