Worcester, MA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Worcester, Massachusetts - Basic Facts

The City of Worcester is the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 187,887 as of July 1, 2017. 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 42.2695 and longitude -71.8078 in Worcester County. The formal boundaries for the City of Worcester (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Worcester population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Worcester: Grafton Gore, Pakachoog.

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Worcester, MA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 187,887
Daytime Population: Workers 109,809
Daytime Population: Residents 103,317
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 213,126
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.13
Population in Households 174,850
Population in Familes 129,007
Population in Group Qrtrs 13,037
Population Density2 5,028
Diversity Index3 73


Median Household Income $46,422
Average Household Income $65,282
Per Capita Income $25,407


Total Housing Units 76,995 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 29,713 (38.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 40,422 (52.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,860 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $228,098
Average Home Value $253,832


Total Households 70,135
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 40,560
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.51% 0.51%
Households 0.3% 0.44%
Families 0.2% 0.38%
Median Household Income   0.74%
Per Capita Income   2.24%

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, 2017 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 # 21 92nd
Diversity Index # 11 96th
Median Household Income # 219 11th
Per Capita Income # 219 11th

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