Worcester, MA-CT

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
975,551
0.225% 1-year growth
2022 Median Age
40.2
0.248% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
10.2%
1.68% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$86,708
7.94% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$347,400
16.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
499,549
0.73% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Worcester, MA-CT had a population of 976k people with a median age of 40.2 and a median household income of $86,708. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Worcester, MA-CT grew from 973,361 to 975,551, a 0.225% increase and its median household income grew from $80,333 to $86,708, a 7.94% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Worcester, MA-CT are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.9%), White (Hispanic) (4.85%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.66%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (4.44%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (4.4%).

None of the households in Worcester, MA-CT reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

94.2% of the residents in Worcester, MA-CT are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Worcester, MA-CT are Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2,186 degrees awarded in 2022), Fitchburg State University (165820) (1,928 degrees), and Worcester State University (168430) (1,510 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Worcester, MA-CT was $347,400, and the homeownership rate was 66.4%.

Most people in Worcester, MA-CT drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Worcester, MA-CT was 2 cars per household.

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Population & Diversity

Worcester, MA-CT is home to a population of 976k people, from which 94.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 12.4% of Worcester, MA-CT residents were born outside of the country (121k people).

In 2022, there were 15.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (721k people) in Worcester, MA-CT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 47.4k White (Hispanic) and 45.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

94.2%
2022 Citizenship
94.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 94.2% of Worcester, MA-CT residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Worcester, MA-CT was 94.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Worcester, MA-CT
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    721k ± 1.72k
  2. White (Hispanic)
    47.4k ± 2.82k
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    45.5k ± 846
12.9%
Hispanic Population
126k people

In 2022, there were 15.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (721k people) in Worcester, MA-CT than any other race or ethnicity. There were 47.4k White (Hispanic) and 45.5k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

12.9% of the people in Worcester, MA-CT are hispanic (126k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Worcester, MA-CT as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Dominican Republic
    128,654 ± 11,848 people
  2. China
    126,260 ± 11,554 people
  3. India
    124,208 ± 11,982 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts and Connecticut was Dominican Republic, the natal country of 128,654 Massachusetts and Connecticut residents, followed by China with 126,260 and India with 124,208.

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Foreign-Born Population

12.4%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
121k people
12%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
117k people

As of 2022, 12.4% of Worcester, MA-CT residents (121k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Worcester, MA-CT was 12%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    14,827 ± 973
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    8,295 ± 760
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    6,296 ± 733

Worcester, MA-CT has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.79 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Worcester, MA-CT employs 500k people. The largest industries in Worcester, MA-CT are Health Care & Social Assistance (81,660 people), Manufacturing (59,291 people), and Educational Services (58,124 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($105,189), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($102,708), and Utilities ($93,918).

Males in Massachusetts have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $81,902. The income inequality in Massachusetts (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

500k
2022 Value
± 5,707
0.73%
1 Year growth
± 1.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Worcester, MA-CT grew at a rate of 0.73%, from 496k employees to 500k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Worcester, MA-CT, are Management Occupations (58,972 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (51,434 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (44,792 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Worcester, MA-CT.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

500k
2022 Value
± 5,707
0.73%
1 Year growth
± 1.6%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Worcester, MA-CT grew at a rate of 0.73%, from 496k employees to 500k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Worcester, MA-CT, are Health Care & Social Assistance (81,660 people), Manufacturing (59,291 people), and Educational Services (58,124 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Worcester, MA-CT, though some of these residents may live in Worcester, MA-CT and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$60,863
Median earning men ± $1,189
$44,287
Median earning women ± $945

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($90,935), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($89,241), and Information ($85,739).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($66,289), Public Administration ($63,013), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($56,656).

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 8,249
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 4,912
    Manufacturing
  3. 4,620
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Connecticut and Massachusetts went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 63.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (34.3%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.23%).

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy are the senators currently representing the state of Massachusetts and Connecticut. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Massachusetts and Connecticut is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Massachusetts and Connecticut

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Elizabeth Warren
Senator from Massachusetts1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013
Ed Markey
Senator from Massachusetts2
Assumed office on July 16, 2013
Elected to the seat to succeed Mo Cowan, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of John Kerry, who had become Secretary of State.
Richard Blumenthal
Senator from Connecticut3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Chris Murphy
Senator from Connecticut1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

Elizabeth Warren, Ed Markey, Richard Blumenthal, and Chris Murphy are the senators currently representing Massachusetts and Connecticut.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Massachusetts and Connecticut

Massachusetts and Connecticut is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Massachusetts and Connecticut have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Worcester, MA-CT awarded 13,631 degrees. The student population of Worcester, MA-CT in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 20,842 male students and 26,723 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Worcester, MA-CT are White (8,931 and 69.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,454 and 11.3%), Black or African American (967 and 7.53%), and Asian (605 and 4.71%).

The largest universities in Worcester, MA-CT by number of degrees awarded are Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2,186 and 16%), Fitchburg State University (165820) (1,928 and 14.1%), and Worcester State University (168430) (1,510 and 11.1%).

The most popular majors in Worcester, MA-CT are General Business Administration & Management (1,370 and 10.1%), Registered Nursing (661 and 4.85%), and General Psychology (650 and 4.77%).

The median tuition costs in Worcester, MA-CT are $49,340 for private four year colleges, and $970 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Worcester, MA-CT, the percentage of applicants admitted was 63.7%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 18.1%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 47,565 (43.8% men and 56.2% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 47,565 students enrolled in Worcester, MA-CT, 43.8% men and 56.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,668 records, of which 57.1% were women and 42.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 492 degrees awarded
  2. 319 degrees awarded
  3. 599 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Worcester, MA-CT was General Business Administration & Management with 492 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Worcester, MA-CT according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,186 degrees awarded
  2. 1,928 degrees awarded
  3. 1,510 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 2,186 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 5,658 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Worcester, MA-CT, which is 0.71 times less than the 7,973 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 8,931 degrees mean that there were 6.14 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,454 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($49,340) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($9,816) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,460) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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Measure

In 2022, 1.14% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.14% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.1M), Bachelors Degree (1.98M), and Some college (1.53M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Worcester, MA-CT was $347,400 in 2022, which is 1.23 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $298,900 to $347,400, a 16.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Worcester, MA-CT is 66.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Worcester, MA-CT have an average commute time of 29.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Worcester, MA-CT is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Worcester, MA-CT is $86,708. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Worcester, MA-CT was Nantucket County, MA with a value of $135,590, followed by Middlesex County, MA and Norfolk County, MA, with respective values of $121,304 and $120,621.

Property

$347,400
Median Property Value 2022
±$2,379
$250,000
Median Property Taxes
±$3,105

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Worcester, MA-CT the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.4%
Homeownership
2022
61.5%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.4% of the housing units in Worcester, MA-CT were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Worcester, MA-CT was Nantucket County, MA with a value of $135,590, followed by Middlesex County, MA and Norfolk County, MA, with respective values of $121,304 and $120,621.

The following map shows all of the counties in Worcester, MA-CT colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$86,708
Median Household Income
± $1,220
377k
Number of Households
± 4,836

In 2022, the median household income of the 377k households in Worcester, MA-CT grew to $86,708 from the previous year's value of $80,333.

The following chart displays the households in Worcester, MA-CT distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Worcester, MA-CT is from Massachusetts and Connecticut.
0.48
2022 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.48
2021 Wage GINI in Massachusetts
0.501
2022 Wage GINI in Connecticut
0.502
2021 Wage GINI in Connecticut

In 2022, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.047% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

In the same year, the income inequality in Connecticut was 0.501 and income inequality had a 0.0861% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Connecticut was higher than than the national average of 0.478, meaning wages are distributed less evenly in Connecticut in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.3%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.2%)
  3. Carpooled (7.63%)

In 2022, 74.3% of workers in Worcester, MA-CT drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.2%) and those who carpooled to work (7.63%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

29.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Worcester, MA-CT have a longer commute time (29.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.61% of the workforce in Worcester, MA-CT have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Worcester, MA-CT distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Worcester, MA-CT have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Worcester, MA-CT (96.1k out of 946k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 18 - 24.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Worcester, MA-CT is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

97.2% of the population of Worcester, MA-CT has health coverage, with 53.2% on employee plans, 19.8% on Medicaid, 11.1% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 0.92% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Massachusetts see 960 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.826% decrease from the previous year (968 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 930 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 145 patients per year.

Similarly, primary care physicians in Connecticut see 1174 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.761% decrease from the previous year (1183 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1149 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 228 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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960 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Massachusetts
1,174 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Connecticut

Primary care physicians in Massachusetts see an average of 960 patients per year. This represents a 0.826% decrease from the previous year (968 patients).

Primary care physicians in Connecticut see an average of 1,174 patients per year. This represents a 0.761% decrease from the previous year (1,183 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Massachusetts and Connecticut in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.3% under 18 years, 21.3% between 18 and 34 years, 40.5% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.9% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49% were men and 51% were women.

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Uninsured People

2.77%
Uninsured
53.2%
Employer Coverage
19.8%
Medicaid
11.1%
Medicare
12.3%
Non-Group
0.92%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Worcester, MA-CT grew by 5.21% from 2.63% to 2.77%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Worcester, MA-CT changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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