Known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth," Worcester, Massachusetts, with a population of 183,000, remains today what it has been for decades, New England's second largest city and the site of a diverse and pioneering economy.Today, the city has changed from its heavy manufacturing past to new directions in economic enterprise. Biotechnology is a major enterprise within the city, as are its many colleges and a state university medical school.Students choose Worcester for its quality colleges and universities and for the proximity to some of the world's most innovative companies.
Worcester is 40 miles west of Boston and 51 miles east of Springfield. Providence is under an hour away, Hampton Beach an hour, and Cape Cod about two hours. Running through the heart of the city is Interstate 290 allowing access to other major highways such as I-190 (north), I-495 (north and south) and Route 146 (south). Additionally, the Massachusetts Turnpike I-90 (east and west) and I-84 (south) are easily accessible via these highways. Union Station is an inter-modal hub providing bus and train service between Worcester and Boston. One is hard pressed to find another city of comparable size with a greater concentration of world-class colleges and universities.
Worcester is home to a number of colleges and universities (a half-dozen more in neighboring communities), including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Other schools include Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Becker College, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University.Worcester is proud to have one of the strongest urban public school systems in the state with numerous quality public elementary and secondary schools.From world renowned museums and concert halls to regionally lauded theaters and galleries, musical groups and ethnic festivals, Worcester can satisfy any appetite for cultural nourishment.Nightlife and fine dining options are available throughout the city, including downtown, on Shrewsbury Street and in the emerging Canal District behind Union Station.
Whether you are looking for a five-star dining experience or simply a quick bite to eat, the abundance and variety of the city's restaurants is sure to satisfy your appetite and your taste for culinary adventure.Worcester is the central city in New England. It's easy to get to points in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and even New York. It's a mid-sized city with good night life, easy commuting, a good school system, lots of colleges, and lots of different neighborhoods.
Worcester is a five-time recipient of the All-American City Award; it offers its residents the resources and exciting attractions of a metropolis, balanced with the more intimate, livable scale of a mid-size city. With its affordable housing, quality public schools, access to diverse and highly-acclaimed arts, sports, restaurants and entertainment, reliable local and regional public transportation, Worcester truly is a city that offers its residents, and resident businesses, the best of both large and small cities.