Worcester, MA Profile: Facts & Data


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Worcester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Worcester is the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 186,661 as of July 1, 2018. Worcester ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Worcester is located at latitude 42.2626 and longitude -71.8023 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Worcester encompass a land area of 37.37 sq. miles and a water area of 1.09 sq. miles. Worcester County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 479 feet.

The City of Worcester (GNIS ID: 619493) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Worcester: Grafton Gore, Pakachoog.

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Worcester, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 186,661
Population in Households 173,593
Population in Familes 129,072
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,068
Population Density2 4,995
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $48,847
Average Household Income $68,304
Per Capita Income $26,569


Total Housing Units 76,612 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,815 (38.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 39,928 (52.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,869 ( 9.0%)
Median Home Value $233,257
Average Home Value $270,996


Total Households 69,743
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 40,319
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.37% 0.38%
Households 0.2% 0.35%
Families 0.1% 0.27%
Median Household Income   2.27%
Per Capita Income   2.93%

Worcester, MA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Worcester to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 2 100th
Population Density # 22 91st
Diversity Index # 10 96th
Median Household Income # 222 10th
Per Capita Income # 224 9th

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