Worcester

Population

2010: 181,045, #127 in U.S., #2 in Massachusetts

1950: 203,486, #50 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 798,552, #67 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 546,401, #30 in U.S.

Setting

Worcester, about 45 miles west of Boston, was incorporated in 1722.

Buildings

Tallest buildings: Worcester Plaza (1975) and Sky Mark Tower (1991), both 288 feet

List of tallest buildings


Stores

Worcester has no downtown department stores. The Worcester Common Outlets, which opened in 1971 as Worcester Center Galleria, was an enclosed downtown mall. It closed in 2006.

Trains

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited, which runs between Boston and Chicago, stops at Worcester’s renovated Union Station (1911).

Union Station is also the western terminus of a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail line to South Station in Boston.

Museums

The Worcester Historical Museum is downtown, and the Worcester Art Museum is just north of downtown.

Downtown Worcester

Theaters

Worcester has no downtown movie theaters. The Palladium is a 1928 movie palace that now has rock concerts. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, formerly the Poli Palace (1926), has concerts, touring Broadway shows, and performances by Opera Worcester.

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra has concerts at historic Tuckerman Hall.

Sports

The Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League play at the DCU Center (1982).

Map of Downtown Worcester

Convention and Visitors Bureau