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Welcome to Worcester ...

The city of Worcester is located in Worcester County<1> and is the County Seat for Worcester County.

When the people of Worcester refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Worcesterite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Worcester has a population of 185,428 people<3> (see below for details).

Worcester was settled in 1673.

The community of Worcester is 500 feet [152 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

Telephone area codes for Worcester: (508) and (774)<5>

The ZIP codes for Worcester: 01601-01610, 01613-01615, 01653-01655<6>

The Pronunciation of Worcester ..

We have heard more than one pronunciation for Worcester:<7>

Wuss-ter

Wuh-stir

Websites for Worcester ...

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

Chamber of Commerce:   www.worcesterchamber.org/

Junior League:   www.jlwma.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Worcester had an population of 185,428 people. This is an increase of 2.42% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 7.4% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Worcester had a population of 181,045 people (which is 22.67% of the total population of Worcester County). This makes Worcester the county's most populous community.

The population of Worcester represents 2.77% of the population of Massachusetts (which has 6,547,629 people), making it the state's 2nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 181,045 people, the population of Worcester increased 4.86% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 172,648 people).

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

Adding Worcester to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Worcester 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 Worcester was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

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

Communities Also Named Worcester ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 8 communities that are also named Worcester - they are located in Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, Vermont and Wisconsin.

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

Communities near Worcester ...

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

  • Framingham [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Framingham
    • Framingham [Middlesex County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<8> to the east of Worcester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 74,416 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Framingham
  • Leominster [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leominster
    • Leominster [Worcester County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<8> to the north of Worcester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 41,716 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Leominster
  • Marlborough [Middlesex County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marlborough
    • Marlborough [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the northeast of Worcester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 39,597 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marlborough
  • Milford [Worcester County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Milford
    • Milford [Worcester County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<8> to the southeast of Worcester
    • Estimated population in 2019: 29,101 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Milford
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Hudson [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hudson
      • Hudson [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the northeast of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,864 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hudson have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hudson
    • Holden [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Holden
      • Holden [Worcester County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<8> to the northwest of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,303 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Holden
    • Westborough [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westborough
      • Westborough [Worcester County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<8> to the east of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 19,144 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westborough
    • Grafton [Worcester County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grafton
      • Grafton [Worcester County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<8> to the southeast of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,883 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grafton have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grafton
    • Hopkinton [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopkinton
      • Hopkinton [Middlesex County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<8> to the east of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 18,470 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopkinton have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopkinton
    • Ashland [Middlesex County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashland
      • Ashland [Middlesex County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<8> to the east of Worcester
      • Estimated population in 2019: 17,807 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ashland have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashland

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 Worcester. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Worcester.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Worcester. 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 Worcester.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Worcester. Our list includes 170 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Worcester.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Worcester ...

Looking for more information about Worcester? 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 Worcester, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Worcester.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Worcester: www.ci.worcester.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>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Worcester refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Worcester may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Worcester.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Worcester - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (774) is an overlay for area code (508).
<6>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 city (such as Worcester). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Worcester or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Worcester includes: 01601, 1602, 1603, 1604, 1605, 1606, 1607, 1608, 1609, 01613, 1614, 01653, 1654 & 01655.
<7>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Worcester. 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.
<8>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Worcester) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Worcester. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from WorcesterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Worcester. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 42.2645, Longitude: -71.7997    
<9>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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