Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester: The second most populous city in Massachusetts. It is located in the central part of the state. Worcester is known for its many colleges and universities, its many parks and green spaces, and its many attractions, such as the Worcester Art Museum and the Higgins Armory Museum.


Worcester is a city located in the county of Worcester in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. Its population at the 2010 census was 181,045 and a population density of 1,818 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 184,570 inhabitants.

The city was created 350 years ago in 1672.

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester provides the perfect blend of history, culture, dining, and recreation. With top-notch museums, colleges, and performing arts, there's something for everyone.

Colleges and Education

Worcester is home to nine higher education institutions including Worcester Polytechnic Institute and College of the Holy Cross, lending youth and innovation to the city. Many cultural sites like the EcoTarium science museum connect to local colleges.

The Worcester Art Museum, with over 35,000 pieces, connects the city's past and present as both a forefather of American industry and vibrant cultural hub.

Historic Sites

History comes to life at Worcester's Higgins Armory Museum displaying impressive collections of arms and armor. The American Antiquarian Society preserves early American newspapers, pamphlets, and books dating back to colonial times.

At the Worcester Historical Museum visitors immerse themselves in Worcester's past innovations, like Robert Goddard's 1930s rocketry.

Dining and Entertainment

Worcester's dining scene impresses with unique eateries like the classic railroad dining at The Tunnel District and farm-to-table gastropub armsby abbey. The 1870 Mechanics Hall still hosts concerts and events in its stunning stained glass atrium.

New craft breweries and eclectic shops make Worcester's present just as vibrant as its celebrated past.

Worcester locator map
Location of Worcester on Massachusetts map.

Quick Facts about Worcester

Population : 184,570 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Massachusetts (United States)
County : Worcester County
Postal code : 01601–01610, 01612–01615, 01653–01655
Area : 99.57 km2
Official name : Worcester
Altitude : 479 feet / 146 meters
Capital city : Worcester is capital of Worcester County
Establishment : January 01, 1970 (350 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 09:45:15 (6th December 2023)
Density : 1,854 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 1.91% (2010-2020)
Downtown Worcester  Massachusetts image
Downtown Worcester Massachusetts
Downtown Worcester  Massachusetts image


Worcester is located at 42°15'45"N 71°48'8"W (42.2625900, -71.8022900).

Worcester map

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The population of Worcester increased by 1.91% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 181,045 - census
2011 182,387 0.74% estimation process
2012 182,575 0.1% estimation process
2013 183,327 0.41% estimation process
2014 184,559 0.67% estimation process
2015 184,627 0.04% estimation process
2016 184,859 0.13% estimation process
2017 185,325 0.25% estimation process
2018 185,555 0.12% estimation process
2019 185,428 -0.07% estimation process
2020 184,570 -0.46% estimation process

Worcester zip code is 01602. County name: Worcester, County fips: 25027

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People born in Worcester (200)

People born in Worcester, including composer John Coolidge Adams, musician Irene Higginbotham, physicist Robert H. Goddard, .


  • Elizabeth Bishop (American poet) she was born in 08/02/1911
  • Alicia Witt (American actress) she was born in 21/08/1975
  • Lillian Asplund (One of the last three living survivors:RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912) she was born in 21/10/1906
  • Samuel Fuller (American screenwriter, actor and film director (1912-1997)) he was born in 12/08/1912
  • Albina Osipowich (American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, former world record-holder) she was born in 26/02/1911
  • H. Jon Benjamin (American actor and comedian) he was born in 23/05/1966
  • Abbie Hoffman (American political and social activist (1936-1989)) he was born in 30/11/1936
  • Denis Leary (American actor and comedian) he was born in 18/08/1957
  • Ronald Dworkin (American legal philosopher) he was born in 11/12/1931
  • Kenneth O'Donnell (American political aide (1924-1977)) he was born in 04/03/1924
  • Jordan Knight (Canadian-American singer-songwriter and actor) he was born in 17/05/1970
  • Erik Per Sullivan (American actor) he was born in 12/07/1991
  • Arthur Kennedy (American stage and film actor (1914-1990)) he was born in 17/02/1914
  • Don Fagerquist (American musician) he was born in 06/02/1927
  • Russ Adams (American photojournalist) he was born in 30/07/1930
  • Jean Louisa Kelly (American actress) she was born in 09/03/1972
  • George Cowan (American physical chemist, businessman and philanthropist) he was born in 15/02/1920
  • Lewis Stone (actor from the United States (1879-1953)) he was born in 15/11/1879

Schools in Worcester

College & universities near Worcester, MA

Code Name City ZIP
373696 Rob Roy Academy-Worcester Worcester (MA) 01609
164720 Becker College Worcester (MA) 01609-2165
168421 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester (MA) 01609-2280
164599 Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Worcester (MA) 01604
165334 Clark University Worcester (MA) 01610-1477

Stations (31)

Amtrak & bus stations near Worcester, MA

Code Name Address Type
WOR Union Station 2 Washington Square RAIL
FRA Framingham station 417 Waverly St. RAIL
RTE Route 128 station 50 University Ave RAIL
PVD Providence station 100 Gaspee Street RAIL
BBY Back Bay station 145 Dartmouth St. RAIL

Post offices near Worcester

Post Office Name City ZIP
Main Str Post Office Worcester (MA) 01608
Worcester Post Office Worcester (MA) 01613
West Sid Post Office Worcester (MA) 01602
Webster Squar Post Office Worcester (MA) 01603
Greendal Post Office Worcester (MA) 01606

Other places with the same name (5)

Other cities in Worcester County

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Worcester County , MA. (more)

City Name Population Title
Leominster 41,548 The largest city in Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Fitchburg 40,310 The county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts.
Shrewsbury 38,910 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Milford 28,965 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Gardner 20,585 City in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Holden 19,259 Town in Massachusetts
Grafton 19,082 Town in Massachusetts
Westborough 19,063 Town in Massachusetts
Webster 16,822 City in Massachusetts, US
Southbridge 16,788 City in Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Auburn 16,701 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Northbridge 16,621 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States of America
Northborough 15,038 City in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States of America
Uxbridge 14,352 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Millbury 13,973 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States
Clinton 13,952 Town in Worcester County, Massachusetts

Distance to Other Cities

Worcester distances to largest Massachusetts cities