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Worcester is a city in Worcester County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after an English town.

The latitude of Worcester is 42.262N. The longitude is -71.802W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 482 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 175,706.


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Median household income
Local
$35,623
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Worcester demographic reports
Worcester is on the Blackstone River.
The local courthouse was seized during Shays' Rebellion.

The city was an important site for the abolitionist and suffragist movements of the 19th century.

Worcester lays claim to being the birthplace of barbed wire, the monkey wrench, the smiley face and the space suit.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,536. The number of murders and homicides was 7. The violent crime rate was 8.8 per 1,000 people.
Worcester received national attention for a 1999 fire that killed six firefighters.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "School Ties"
Well-known residents have included:
· Robert H. Goddard, physicist and rocket science pioneer
· Denis Leary, comedian and actor
· Abbie Hoffman, activist
· Bob Cousy, basketball player
· Rich Gedman, baseball player
· J. Geils, musician
· Erik Per Sullivan, actor
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Pet Rock Festival - Sept. 9, 2007
Dates often change. Check Worcester web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Quinsigamond State Park, Elm Park (one of the oldest public parks in the country)
Sports teams: Sharks (AHL)
Historic sites and museums: New England Science Center, Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Historical Museum, Salisbury Mansion
Colleges and universities: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Clark University, Worcester State College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Becker College, Assumption College, College of the Holy Cross
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 118

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Worcester demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Worcester County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Worcester area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 01603 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

3% of Worcester residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Worcester ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Worcester was $18,614, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

23% of Worcester residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Worcester include Hammond Heights, Massachusetts Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Worcester, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $505.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,111.


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Libraries

Libraries in Worcester include American Antiquarian Society Library, Frances Perkins Branch Library at Greendale, Great Brook Valley Branch Library, Worcester Free Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Worcester include Worcester Telegram & Gazette

TV stations in Worcester include WUNI, WYDN.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WBPR., WICN.

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Worcester restaurants taking online reservations include Block Five Bistro and Bar, Rovezzi's Ristorante-Worcester, TiNovo ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Worcester workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 44 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Worcester between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 2.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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