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Income/capita 15%
Household income 18%
Unemployment 17%
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IndexWorcesterMassachusettsNational
Income per capita$25,224$38,069$29,829
Median household income$45,599$70,954$55,322
Median income owner occupied$75,417$95,052$70,586
Median income renter occupied$29,995$39,116$35,192
Median earnings male$32,365$45,946$36,919
Median earnings female$25,938$32,028$26,250
Unemployment rate5.5%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level22.1%11.4%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Worcester is 15% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Worcester is 18% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Worcester is 17% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Worcester is 46% higher than the national average

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      $Input your household income
      $30,396$45,599$91,198
      City
      $47,297$70,954$141,908
      State
      $36,877$55,322$110,644
      Nation
      According to the PEW research center, the middle class is defined as a range from two thirds (2/3) of the median household income to a multiple of two (2) times the median household income. Displayed above are the city, state and national median household income averages. Simply enter your median household income to determine if your income falls into the middle class or if your household income is considered upper or lower class.

      Worcester median earnings by income bracket

      Worcester employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry9.2%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector13.1%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%4.6%
      Wholesale & retail services15.4%13.2%
      Public administration4.6%2.8%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities6.8%1.8%
      Education, health & social services18.9%43.9%
      Other26.9%25.7%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Cordaville, MA2,847$170,139207.5%
      Hopkinton, MA2,794$104,23188.4%
      Sturbridge, MA2,506$101,97084.3%
      Northborough, MA6,314$93,54669.1%
      Upton, MA2,998$84,14952.1%
      Worcester, MA183,677$45,59917.6%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Overland Park, KS183,775$74,78935.2%
      Knoxville, TN183,927$34,55637.5%
      Brownsville, TX182,110$34,25538.1%
      Grand Prairie, TX185,631$60,2468.9%
      Newport News, VA181,606$50,0899.5%
      Worcester, MA183,677$45,59917.6%
      Source: The Worcester, MA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).