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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Worcester is a city in Massachusetts with a population of 185,195. Worcester is in Worcester County. Living in Worcester offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Worcester there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Worcester and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Worcester are above average.
About Worcester...
Population
185,195

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$220,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,064
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%
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Worcester Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    477.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    7
    6.1
  • Rape
    21.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    123.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    425
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,425.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    199.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Worcester

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,407
National
$55,322
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Worcester Reviews

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I love Worcester because of the pride that resides within every resident of “The Woo”. As I’ve grown up, I’ve watched my city progress greatly. A family member who grew up here and moved couldn’t even recognize downtown just after a few years! Another thing that has brought the city together is that we are going to host the Boston Red Sox affiliate team called the WooSox. Everything about this upcoming organization just screams Worcester. The new stadium is named after the Worcester-based beverage company, Polar! The city is very diverse and offers many opportunities for people living here. There are many free parks, restaurants(check out Shrewsbury Street for some amazing Italian food), and the new Public Market recently opened which is amazing and offers a lot to do in one building. I am currently in the public school system and I’ve had a great experience and had many unique learning opportunities. Worcester is a big city with an even bigger heart.
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I've lived in Worcester, Massachusetts all my life, never had any huge problems. It's not the nicest place, but it helped my family become financially stable. I grew up dirt poor, didn't have the cool and flashy clothes to wear to school. Living here gave my parents the opportunity to find jobs without a high form of education. After living more than half of my life in thrift store and hand-me-downs, my family is at a good place right now in regards to financially. I love it here! The neighborhoods here could be a bit scary, but I met some of the greatest people here. It's my home, I wouldn't be anywhere else but Worcester.
Worcester is truly on the ups. The past decade has seen the city transform and become so much better. The schools have improved, there are amazing restaurants and breweries, the music scene is great, lots of job opportunities, and the soon-to-be Worcester Red Sox will be a ton of fun! The city still has room for improvement and rents are ever-increasing. But it is an enjoyable city with a whole lot of pride and amazing people!