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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 184,743. Worcester is in Worcester County. Living in Worcester offers residents a suburban 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
184,743

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$210,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,015
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
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
    526.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    175
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    467.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,504
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    214.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    15%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 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
$45,869
National
$55,322
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When it comes to Worcester, your experience really depends on where in the city you're living. As with any large city, there are some really good neighborhoods and some that are a lot worse off. Depending on where you are, the state of the roads can be pretty bad, and during the snowy months it can become treacherous. But overall, there's plenty of entertainment within the city, and new apartments going up all the time. There's plans for a brand new baseball field and team, too, so that's a plus!
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Worcester is an amazing town filled with a great diversity of people from all over the globe. As a Worcester public school student, it is so interesting to meet new people and learn about a variety of different cultures and ethnicities. Aside from it's diversity, Worcester is filled with a multitude of entertaining activities. These activities range from going to the local Worcester Red Sox game to enjoying a meal at a restaurant of your choosing on Shrewbury Street. Worcester is truly a great city to live in and I am so glad I grew up here!
Worcester provides wonderful cultural activities like the Worcester Art Museum, Ecotarium, the Hanover theater, the DCU center, street festival for cuisine, religious/cultural groups and performance and material
Arts, in addition to a vibrant night life and amazing culinary destinations. A lot awaits in the heart of Massachusetts, just an hour from Boston, Providence and Hartford!