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172,648 people. (2nd in Massachusetts.)
Official Town Website
Known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth," Worcester, Massachusetts with a
population of 170,000 remains today what it has been for decades, New
England's second largest city and site of a diverse and pioneering economy.
First incorporated as a township in 1722, this settlement forty miles west
of Boston soon became an important transportation center on the Boston
Turnpike linking the capital city with New York and the west. One of
America's first internal commercial waterways, the Blackstone Canal, linked
the town with Providence, Rhode Island to the South and gave direct access
to the Atlantic Ocean. Worcester played its role in America's early history
General Washington rode through here. The cannon used at Dorchester Heights to
drive the British from Boston were literally dragged through its streets. Abraham
Lincoln slept here, and John Adams taught school here. Industry thrived
here; steel fabrication and wire drawing, printing and envelop
manufacturing, abrasives and machine tooling. The valentine card got its
start here. America's first experiments in rockets started here. The
birth control pill was invented here.
Today, the city has changed from its heavy manufacturing past to new
directions in economic enterprise. Biotechnology is a major enterprise
within the city, as are eight colleges and a state university medical
school. It is an inland port of entry for foreign commerce, relying upon
major interstate highways and rail lines which traverse the municipality.
A city-owned airport has been improved with a new $15 million modernized
air terminal to accommodate passengers and air freight. More than fifty
intracity bus trips originate in the downtown every day.
Worcester is nonetheless predominantly residential in character. More than
1200 acres of city-owned parkland are found within its 38 square miles.
Fifty public schools educate 20,000 children. Half of the entire city
budget goes for educational purposes, testimony to the values of its
inhabitants. Its parklands are among the oldest in the nation; its free
public library one of America's oldest; its acclaimed music festival the
nation's oldest; its art museum a gem rivalling those of major urban
centers. Worcester is a city proud of its past and secure in its future.
Central Massachusetts, bordered by Holden and West Boylston on the northwest and
north, Shrewsbury on the east, Millbury and Auburn on the south, and Leicester
and Paxton on the west. Worcester is 40 miles west of Boston and 51 miles east
Narrative compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).
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