Statistic Worcester Massachusetts National
Population 185,186 6,949,503 328,239,523
Population density (sq mi) 4,957 894 91
Median age 34.6 39.4 37.7
Male/Female ratio 1.0:1 0.9:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 40% 53% 55%
Families w/ Kids under 18 46% 43% 43%
Speak English 65% 77% 79%
Speak Spanish 17% 9% 13%

Overview of Worcester Demographics

Worcester demographics provide invaluable insights into the composition, dynamics and needs of urban and rural areas, enabling them to plan, develop, and govern in ways that promote prosperity, equity and well-being for all residents. The Worcester population is 185,186 and has a population density of 4,957 people per square mile, compared to the national average of 91. The median age of all residents is 34.6, 40% of people 15 years of age or older are married and 46% have kids under the age of 18. In Worcester, 27% of households have a median income that is below $25,000 and 15% of households report a median income above $150,000.

Worcester Racial Demographics & Ethnicity

The Worcester racial demographics and ethnicity breakdown serves as a critical tool for understanding and addressing systemic inequities, promoting social justice and inclusion and building stronger, more resilient communities. The racial breakdown in Worcester is 67.7% White, 13% Black or African American, 7.2% Asian, 0.5% American Indian and 0.1% Native Hawaiian - 23.1% of the population identify as Hispanic or Latino. Of all households, 64.6% reported speaking English only, while 16.9% reported speaking Spanish only. A total of 21% of residents were considered foreign born.

Worcester Population Density

The Worcester population density comes in at 4,957 people per square mile, which makes it one of the most densely populated areas in the country, far surpassing the national average of 91. Areas characterized by high population density often boast an abundance of amenities and services within close proximity, providing residents with convenient access to healthcare, education, cultural attractions, dining establishments, retail outlets and transportation options. This accessibility could potentially enhance residents' overall quality of life and well-being.

Why are Demographics Important?

Healthcare Planning: An analysis of Worcester demographics can inform healthcare planning and delivery by identifying population health needs, disparities and risk factors. Understanding demographic trends allows healthcare providers and policymakers to allocate resources effectively, develop prevention and intervention programs and address health inequities within communities. Leveraging demographic data, healthcare providers, and policymakers strive to achieve equitable, accessible, and high-quality healthcare for all individuals and communities. This proactive healthcare planning approach ensures targeted interventions, efficient resource allocation and customized healthcare services to meet the diverse needs of populations.

Understanding Populations: The examination and analysis of Worcester demographic data can offer valuable insights into the composition and traits of populations, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, income, education and various socio-economic factors. This understanding is essential for addressing the varied needs, preferences, and challenges faced by different demographic groups within communities. Demographics hold significant importance in understanding populations, guiding decision-making processes and promoting equity, inclusion, and overall well-being for all individuals and communities. The Worcester population data serves as a cornerstone for addressing social, economic and environmental challenges, while also fostering the well-being and resilience of societies.

Policy Planning: Demographic data and statistics can inform policy and decision-making processes at various levels of government, as well as in organizations and businesses. By reporting and analyzing Worcester demographics data, policymakers, government officials and organizational leaders can identify areas of need, allocate resources effectively and develop targeted policies and programs that address the specific needs and priorities of different demographic groups. Worcester demographics can play a crucial role in policy planning by informing resource allocation, evidence-based decision making, identifying priorities, forecasting future trends, monitoring policy impact and promoting equity and inclusion. By leveraging this data effectively, policymakers can develop policies that are targeted, effective and responsive to the needs of diverse communities.

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Demographics Quick Facts

  • The population density in Worcester is 454% higher than Massachusetts
  • The median age in Worcester is 12% lower than Massachusetts
  • In Worcester 67.66% of the population is White
  • In Worcester 12.96% of the population is Black
  • In Worcester 7.25% of the population is Asian

Compare Worcester, MA Demographics


      Worcester racial demographics

      Race Worcester Massachusetts National
      White 67.66% 79.26% 73.35%
      Black 12.96% 7.26% 12.63%
      Asian 7.25% 6.11% 5.22%
      American Indian 0.51% 0.21% 0.82%
      Native Hawaiian 0.05% 0.03% 0.18%
      Mixed race 6.37% 3.01% 3.06%
      Other race 5.20% 4.13% 4.75%
      In Worcester, 23.1% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
      Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

      Household income distribution

      Place of birth by citizenship

      Worcester age breakdown

      Marital status

      Age of children in married couples

      Source: The Worcester, MA demographics data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).