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Welcome to Leicester ...

Leicester is located in Worcester County<1>.

The location of Leicester has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Leicester: les-ter<3>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Leicester has a population of 11,325 people<4> (see below for details).

Leicester was settled in 1713 and was incorporated in 1714.

Leicester is 970 feet [296 m] above sea level.<5>.

Time Zone: Leicester lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Leicester: (508) & (774)<6>

The ZIP code for Leicester: 01524<7>

Websites for Leicester ...

Official Website: www.ci.leicester.ma.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Leicester had an population of 11,325 people. This is an increase of 3.24% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 8.16% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Leicester had a population of 10,970 people. This makes Leicester the county's 23rd most populous community.

The population of Leicester represents 0.17% of the total population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 168th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 10,970 people, the population of Leicester increased 4.77% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 10,471 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Leicester.

Communities Also Named Leicester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 3 communities that are also named Leicester - they are located in New York, North Carolina and Vermont.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Leicester.

Communities near Leicester ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Leicester.

  • Marlborough [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlborough
    • Marlborough [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,290 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlborough
  • Shrewsbury [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shrewsbury
    • Shrewsbury [Worcester County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 38,910 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shrewsbury
  • Holden [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holden
    • Holden [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the north of Leicester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,259 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holden
  • Grafton [Worcester County]
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    • Grafton [Worcester County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,082 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Westborough [Worcester County]
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      • Westborough [Worcester County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 19,063 people
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    • Hopkinton [Middlesex County]
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      • Hopkinton [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 18,624 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopkinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopkinton
    • Webster [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Webster
      • Webster [Worcester County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<8> to the south of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,822 people
      • Webster has also been known as:
      • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg
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    • Southbridge [Worcester County]
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      • Southbridge [Worcester County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<8> to the southwest of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,788 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Southbridge
    • Northbridge [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northbridge
      • Northbridge [Worcester County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the southeast of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 16,621 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northbridge
    • Northborough [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Northborough
      • Northborough [Worcester County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the east of Leicester
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 15,038 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Northborough have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Northborough

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Leicester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Leicester.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Leicester. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Leicester.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Leicester. See our Newspapers Page for Leicester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Leicester ...

Looking for more information about Leicester? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Leicester, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Leicester.

Adding Leicester to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Leicester in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Leicester was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Leicester on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1901).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Leicester on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Massachusetts

About Worcester County

About Massachusetts

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Leicester: www.ci.leicester.ma.us/

The official website for State of Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Massachusetts' counties, including Worcester, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Leicester. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Leicester.
<5>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Leicester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<6>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<7>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a community (such as Leicester). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Leicester or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Leicester) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Leicester. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from LeicesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Leicester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2459, Longitude: -71.9087       In this case, the coordinates for Leicester have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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