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Real Estate

Median Home Value
$250,829
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$946
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    26%
  • Own
    74%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    283
  • Murder
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500
  • Theft
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
NG
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,550
National
$55,322
Children
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%

West Side Reviews

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West side is a little suburban oasis within an urban environment. Walking distance to five universities/colleges, and only a couple of miles to 5 more. All within an easy hour commute of Boston. There is Bus service both locally and to Boston and the great beyond, 3 different commuting routes to drive to Boston, and Worcester is easily the most affordable place to live and still have access to the best of Massachusetts culture and employment. West Side keeps the feeling suburban, safe and family friendly, while being urban enough to take advantage of city life as well.
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Worcester is the second largest city in New England and there are many resources. However, it is sometimes difficult to find out how to access them. The schools in Worcester need improvement and this keeps the prices of housing low compared to the quality of the housing stock. Worcester also suffers from urban problems such as crime. The police and local city administration are good. Our Congressional representatives are excellent. The city is becoming known as a college town and this should help. Collaborative efforts between the city and colleges also help, such as WPI's funding and administration of a Math/Science high school. However, there needs to be more.
The quality of transportation does not exist, this area is a majority car user. There are few sidewalks, especially when walking from Tatnuck Square to Worcester State University. It is unfortunate that pedestrians cannot walk freely as they should because of the lack of sidewalks. Some sidewalks have grass grown which make it seem as if the owners of the house do not want pedestrians to walk on their property. Traffic concerns are obvious since this area is near a University and an airport, therefore it doesn't make it a huge problem. However parking is terrible particularly near Worcester State University.