Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts



City in the United States
State Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°16’17″N, 71°47’56″WL
Surface 99.57 km²
– country 96.76 km²
– water 2.81 km²
(April 1, 2020)
(2134 inhabitant/km²)
Mayor Joseph Petty (D)
Website worcesterma.gov
Downtown Worcester

According to jibin123, Worcester (pronunciation: “Woester”) is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The city is about 75 km west of Boston.

Worcester has more than 181,000 (2010) inhabitants. This makes it the 121st city in the United States (2000) in terms of population. Its surface is 97.3 km², making it the 170th city.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a renowned technical university founded in 1865, is located in the city, as is Clark University, a renowned research university founded in 1887.


The first settlers settled in Worcester in 1673. The settlement’s name comes from the city of Worcester in England. The settlement became an independent municipality in 1722, and was officially recognized as a city in 1848.

Later President John Adams was a teacher at the village school in Worcester before returning to Braintree, Massachusetts, to establish himself as a lawyer. On August 23, 1850, a national convention for women’s rights was organized in Worcester, one of the first ever in the world.

On June 9, 1953, Worcester was hit by a tornado that destroyed much of the city. 94 people were killed. It was the deadliest tornado in New England history.


14.1 % of the population is older than 65 and 33 % consists of single – person households. Unemployment stands at 3.3 % (2000 census figures).

About 15.1% of Worcester’s population is Hispanic and Latino, 6.9% of African origin and 4.9% of Asian origin.

The population increased from 169,636 in 1990 to 172,648 in 2000.


In January the average temperature is -5.1 °C, in July it is 20.9 °C. Annual average rainfall is 1212.9 mm (data based on the measurement period 1961-1990).

Nearby places

The figure below shows nearby places within a 20 km radius of Worcester.


  • Clinton (20km)
  • Northborough (14 km)
  • Oxford (18km)
  • Rutland (16 km)
  • Spencer (16 km)
  • Upton-West Upton (19 km)
  • Westborough (15 km)

Born in Worchester (Mass.)

  • Ellen Day Hale (1855-1940), painter
  • Fanny Bullock Workman (1859–1925), geographer, explorer and cartographer
  • Arthur Wheelock Moulton (1873–1962), Bishop in the Episcopal Church
  • Lewis Stone (1879-1953), actor
  • Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945), scientist and inventor
  • Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006), poet, translator and teacher
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund (1906–2006), survivor of the RMS Titanic disaster
  • Wendell Culley (1906–1983), jazz trumpeter
  • Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979), poet and writer
  • Samuel Fuller (1912–1997), film director, screenwriter and writer
  • Arthur Kennedy (1914-1990), actor
  • Georgia Gibbs (1919–2006), jazz singer
  • Jaki Byard (1922–1999), jazz saxophonist, pianist and composer
  • Kenneth O’Donnell (1924–1977), campaign chief, assistant, adviser, and White House executive to US President John F. Kennedy
  • Don Fagerquist (1927–1974), jazz trumpeter
  • Frank Capp (1931–2017), drummer and orchestra leader of West Coast Jazz and Mainstream jazz
  • Ronald Dworkin (1931–2013), philosopher specializing in philosophy of law and political philosophy
  • Joseph D. Early (1933–2012), politician
  • Abbie Hoffman (1936–1989), anarchist anti-war activist
  • John Adams (1947), composer and conductor
  • Denis Leary (1957), stand-up comedian and actor
  • Scott Silver (1964), screenwriter, film director and producer
  • Ryan Idol (1966), porn actor
  • Doug Stanhope (1967), stand-up comedian and television actor
  • Jordan Knight (1970), singer-songwriter
  • Jean Louisa Kelly (1972), actress
  • Jay Cutler (1973), professional bodybuilder
  • Alicia Witt (1975), actress
  • Aaron Haddad (1982), professional wrestler
  • Erik Per Sullivan (1991), actor

Worcester, Massachusetts