B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$206,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$975
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    58%
  • Own
    42%

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
    638
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    14
    41
  • Robbery
    213
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    740
    500
  • Theft
    1,881
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    281
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$45,599
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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I love Worcester! There are definitely areas that are more inviting than others, but overall the city is great! There are lots of restaurants and things to do. If someone is interested in something in a nearby area, traveling is very easy. The city is conveniently located and full of many friendly people who are proud to call this city their home. There are currently improvements enhancing the city's beauty to make it more attractive to everyone.
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I've chosen Worcester twice now. First in 2004 until I relocated to Boston for work. Most recently, I bought a home on the west side of Worcester which is comprised of lovely homes, tree-lined streets, and public green spaces including hiking trails. I find the city changed for the better. Innovative small business, brilliant restaurants, and an enriched arts scene are among the improvements. The revitalization of downtown is lovely. You can't beat the cost of housing, and everything one could need is nearby! I love this town.
I love the diversity in Worcester! And I love that it's currently under construction in an attempt to make downtown more efficient and culturally diverse. One thing I would change is I wish there was more homes for homeless people and drug abusers. If there was a safe space for them, it could allow them to bring themselves back on their feet.