About Worcester

The City of Worcester – a five-time recipient of the All America City Award – is located in the heart of Massachusetts. As New England’s second-largest city, with a population of 185,000, Worcester combines the historic charm of a small town with the conveniences and attractions of a thriving metropolis. Centrally-located, Worcester is 45 minutes west of Boston and a similar distance north of Providence, Rhode Island.

With more than 70 cultural venues, including world-class museums, concert halls, theaters, and delicious eateries, Worcester offers visitors plenty to do and see in this central location with convenient access to all of New England. An innovative city with a rich history, Worcester has emerged as a leader in education, health care, biotechnology and life sciences, and financial services, with more than 5,000 businesses located in the city.

Worcester is home to more than 100 local restaurants. From 111 Chophouse to Antonio’s Pizza and Cafe Reyes, Worcester’s restaurant scene has everything in between.

In December 2019, the Chamber updated its promotional video touting recent economic-development achievements. In conjunction with the update, the Chamber released the following statement: “Worcester’s hills are alive with the sound of economic development. The tremendous momentum here in the City of Worcester is palpable and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce could not be more excited and proud to help play a role in promoting a period of growth and cultivation many are calling a renaissance. As the second-largest city in New England, and the largest chamber in New England, the City-Chamber partnership continues to result in the launch of name-brand and mom-and-pop business of all ilks across the 016. For Worcester, and the region, the time is now.”

For more information on the city known as the Heart of the Commonwealth, please view the street map and read up on the housing market.