Worcester, Mass., City and Higher Education Information

Worcester, Massachusetts, is a large city and a major commercial and cultural hub. The city is home to several institutions of higher learning that offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Keep reading to learn about Worcester's population, demographics, economy and universities.

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Information about Worcester

With a population of about 183,016, Worcester, Massachusetts, is New England's second largest city behind Boston, based on 2014 U.S. census estimates. As of 2010 census data, Worcester was predominantly Caucasian, with roughly 70% of the population reporting Caucasian descent. A thriving Latino and Hispanic community also calls the city home, as does a large contingent of immigrants from Africa, Asia and Europe, and one of New England's most well-established African-American communities.

The city features one of the nation's oldest public parks, in addition to the American Antiquarian Library, which holds a vast collection of historical documents, books and printed items from the early days of the Republic. Other attractions include the Worcester Art Museum, the Mechanics Hall concert hall and the annual Worcester Music Festival.

Higher Education

Worcester has 12 colleges, universities and career schools. UMass Medical School Worcester, a highly ranked research and education institution known for its primary care training, enrolls about 1,100 students. It was ranked #16 for primary care in 2016, per U.S. News & World Report. Worcester is also home to the College of the Holy Cross, a Jesuit-affiliated school and a Roman Catholic institution.

Other schools include Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Becker College, Clark University and Worcester State University, which is the largest school in the city and enrolls about 6,400 students.

Economy and Employment

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March 2016, Worcester, MA-CT employed 67,500 people in education and health services. Trade, transportation, and utilities employed about 52,000 people, while government employed 44,000 people.

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