Living in Worcester, MA

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Updated: 2020-03-11

Worcester SnackAbility

7
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
6/10
Housing
8.5
Affordability
4
Diversity
9.5
Safety
5
Amenities
10
Education
7
Commute
7

Worcester, MA Crime Report

5,250
Total Crimes
2,819.7
Total Crimes / 100k People
9.79%
Above National Average

Worcester, MA Cost Of Living

118
Worcester's Overall Cost Of Living
1.2x
Higher Than The National Average

Worcester, Massachusetts Info Snack

Worcester (/wstr/ WUUSS-tr, local pronunciation: [wst] WUUSS-t)  pronunciation (help·info) is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population was 181,045, making it the second most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston, 50 miles (80 km) east of Springfield and 40 miles (64 km) north of Providence. Due to its location in Central Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth", thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city. However, the heart symbol may also have its provenance in lore that the mass-produced Valentine's Day card was invented in the city.
Population
185,195
Unemployment
6.6%
Poverty
21.1%
Median Home
$220,700
Median Income
$46,407
Median Rent
$1,064

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Rankings for Worcester in Massachusetts

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Map Of Worcester, MA

Population over time in Worcester

Year Population % Change
2017 185,195 0.2%
2016 184,743 0.6%
2015 183,677 0.2%
2014 183,382 0.5%
2013 182,511 0.3%
2012 181,901 0.2%
2011 181,473 0.5%
2010 180,519 0.3%
2009 179,994 -
Crime/100k Worcester MA USA
Violent Crime 682.6 338.1 368.9
Murder 2.1 2.0 5.0
Robbery 155.8 60.0 86.2
Aggravated Assault 498.4 241.2 246.8
Property Crime 2137.1 1263.3 2199.5
Burglary 456.0 200.8 376.0
Larceny 1498.5 966.8 1594.6
Car Theft 182.6 95.7 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in Worcester

White
56.2% (104,030)
African American
11.9% (22,106)
American Indian
0.3% (539)
Asian
7.6% (14,027)
Hawaiian
0.0% (54)
Other
0.4% (775)
Two Or More
2.2% (4,157)
Hispanic
21.3% (39,507)
Race Worcester MA USA
White 56.2% 72.2% 61.1%
African American 11.9% 6.8% 12.3%
American Indian 0.3% 0.1% 0.7%
Asian 7.6% 6.4% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.4% 0.8% 0.2%
Two Or More 2.2% 2.1% 2.4%
Hispanic 21.3% 11.6% 17.8%

Household Income For Worcester, Massachusetts

Less than $10,000
10.7% (1,974,944)
$10,000 to $14,999
7.2% (1,327,042)
$15,000 to $24,999
12.3% (2,274,557)
$25,000 to $34,999
9.6% (1,774,508)
$35,000 to $49,999
12.8% (2,379,200)
$50,000 to $74,999
15.9% (2,938,338)
$75,000 to $99,999
10.5% (1,938,501)
$100,000 to $149,999
12.8% (2,377,378)
$150,000 to $199,999
4.5% (831,418)
$200,000 or more
3.8% (703,608)
Income Worcester MA USA
Less than $10,000 10.7% 5.4% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 7.2% 4.5% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 12.3% 7.5% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 9.6% 7.0% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 12.8% 9.6% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 15.9% 14.7% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 10.5% 12.0% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 12.8% 17.8% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 4.5% 9.5% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 3.8% 12.0% 7.0%

Gender in Worcester

Female
51.0% (94,449)
Male
49.0% (90,745)
Gender Worcester MA USA
Female 51.0% 51.5% 50.8%
Male 49.0% 48.5% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in Worcester for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
5.0% (9,259)
9-12th Grade
10.0% (18,519)
High School / GED
30.0% (55,558)
Some College
17.0% (31,483)
Associate's Degree
8.0% (14,815)
Bachelor's Degree
18.0% (33,335)
Master's Degree
8.0% (14,815)
Professional Degree
2.0% (3,703)
Doctorate Degree
2.0% (3,703)
Education Worcester MA USA
< 9th Grade 5.0% 4.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 10.0% 5.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 30.0% 24.0% 27.0%
Some College 17.0% 16.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 8.0% 8.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 18.0% 24.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 8.0% 13.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 3.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 2.0% 3.0% 1.0%

1 Reviews & Comments About Worcester

Overall User Rating
3.0
/5

HomeSnacks User

Depending on where you live in Worcester, there's not a lot of crime. Compared to other cities bigger or the same size as Worcester, the murder rate is pretty low based on published data. As any other city that is surrounded by a major city, Worcester is pretty much swallowed up by Boston. To have a great time out, one needs to step out of Worcester. Most of the schools in worcester are bad with a couple good ones in the best areas of Worcester.

Rent and housing prices are not too high compared to Boston and Cambridge.

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