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.


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


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

List of tallest buildings


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. The area is now being developed into a project called CitySquare.


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.


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

Downtown Worcester


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 and touring Broadway shows.

The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra has concerts at historic Tuckerman Hall.


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

Map of Downtown Worcester

Convention and Visitors Bureau