A+ Worcester Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Worcester Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% lower than Massachusetts
Worcester
11818% more expensive than the US average
Massachusetts
13131% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Worcester cost of living
F Worcester Crime Total crime is 76% higher than Massachusetts
Total crime
2,8209% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 369% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-26%Year over year crime is down
Worcester crime
D Worcester Employment Household income is 36% lower than Massachusetts
Median household income
$45,59918% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,22415% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%17% higher than the US average
Worcester employment
D+ Worcester Housing Home value is 39% lower than Massachusetts
Median home value
$206,50012% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9753% higher than the US average
Home ownership
42%33% lower than the US average
Worcester real estate or Worcester rentals
D Worcester Schools HS graduation rate is 7% lower than Massachusetts
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
Worcester K-12 schools or Worcester colleges

Living in Worcester, MA

Worcester is a mid-sized city located in the state of Massachusetts. The city has a population of 183,677 people. Worcester has a population density of 4,916 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (69% White). Given that fact, Worcester could be considered less diverse than other cities.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Worcester is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before relocating to any new city in Massachusetts, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Worcester and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living and other important metrics.

Using data and statistics Worcester has received a livability score of 59 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 15th percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the national average, this city has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Worcester ranks well for amenities (A+). Regrettably for Worcester, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D-), education (D) and employment (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Worcester has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and EcoTarium, A Museum of Science & Nature.

Assuming that Worcester meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Worcester. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Worcester are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Worcester come in at $206,500, which is 39.4% lower than the Massachusetts average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Worcester, the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 6.3% lower than the Massachusetts average.

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      Worcester, Massachusetts - A History Buff's Pleasure

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      Worcester Massachusetts is located just west of Boston. Residents perceive it as the heart of Central New England. Best described as a metropolis with small town warmth, Worcester contains all the beauty New England has to offer. This mid sized city is rich in culture and history, the home of many attractions including the Massachusetts Vietnam War Memorial, The Korean War Memorial, and historic Elm Park. The land was purchased in 1854 using public funds, acknowledged as the first land purchase for a United States public park. Worcester houses ten colleges and universities with at least six others in the neighboring communities and surrounding cities.

      My husband grew up just outside of Worcester and visits annually. After every trip, he just raves about the beauty of Worcester; the scenes are breathtaking. The eastern boundary is located at the foothills overlooking the Blackstone River and Lake Quinsigamond. Being a history advocate his chosen activity is touring the Worcester Historical Museum. It contains a research library with over seven thousand publications, thousands of documents, and a large collection of artifacts. This particular visit, he examined the correspondence of Abby Kelley Foster, an abolitionist and raved about the Civil War era diaries and letters. He conveyed the beauty of woodenware and ceramics from Worcester's industrial past. The thing he liked best was the weaponry from the colonial era through World War II.

      Summing it up, Worcester Massachusetts is fantastic vacation city for a history enthusiast and would probably be a great place to relocate to.
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      Source: The Worcester, MA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).