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Cost of Living

Worcester offers a great opportunity to own or rent, raise a family or live independently. Worcester is a city that offers the best of both large and small cities with its affordable housing; quality public schools; access to diverse culture, sports, restaurants and entertainment; and reliable local and regional transportation.

Median Home Values and Rents

The median home value in Worcester for 2010 is $248,300 and average rents are as follows:

  • One-Bedroom: $625 to $1,295
  • Two-Bedroom: $500 to $1,575
  • Three-Bedroom: $750 to $1,800
  • Four-Bedroom: $1,200 to $4,500

Tax Rates

Tax TypeRate
Residential Real Estate $19.22 per $1000 Assessed Valuation
Commercial, Industrial Real Estate $32.93 per $1000 Assessed Valuation
Personal Property $32.93 per $1000 Assessed Valuation
Water $3.67 per 100 Cubic Feet
Sewer $7.08 per 100 Cubic Feet
Excise $25.00 per $1000 Assessed Valuation


Worcester offers a wealth of educational opportunities for young people. Worcester is proud to have one of the strongest urban public school systems in the state with numerous quality public elementary and secondary schools. Alternatively, many private and/or parochial elementary and secondary schools are located in the City.

Please visit the official Worcester Public Schools website for complete information.  


Worcester utility infrastructure is primarily owned and operated by the following:

Landline Telephone - Verizon Communications
Cable TV Franchise - Charter Communications
Electric (Delivery) - National Grid
Gas - Eversource

Residents and businesses also have the option of choosing from competing wireless telephone, satellite television and electricity suppliers.

Intra City Transportation

Intra-City bus service is provided by the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) which offers service throughout the City and into surrounding towns from a 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art Transportation Hub adjacent to Union Station.

Additionally, both Red Cab and Yellow Cab provide taxi services.

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