Quick Facts

Quick Facts


The City of Worcester is governed by a Council-Manager, or Plan E, form of government with a popularly elected Mayor, 11 City Council Members and a City Manager. Located in the center of Massachusetts, between Boston and Springfield, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth."

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; many colleges and universities; access to diverse culture, sports, restaurants and entertainment; and reliable local and regional transportation.

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At a Glance:

  • Location: Massachusetts, United States (Central MA)
  • Incorporated as a Town: 1722
  • Incorporated as a City: 1848
  • Population: 184,508 (Estimate)
  • Government Type: Council-Manager (Also Known as "Plan E")

Learn more about Worcester's history at the Worcester Historical Museum.

Living in Worcester

Worcester is a great place to live. In addition to the nightlife, diverse restaurants, colleges and universities and events, the average housing price in Worcester is lower than the Massachusetts average. 

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

Colleges & Universities

Worcester is home to 9 colleges and universities. The Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts allows member universities and colleges in the Greater Worcester area to share resources, provide diverse courses to students of other member schools and further expand the possibilities for students. With such a great educational prescence, Worcester's higher education industry is one of the City's proudest assets.

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