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Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Massachusetts
Administration
Full nameCity of Worcester
Official nameCity of Worcester
CountryUnited States
StateMassachusetts
CountyWorcester
Settled1673
Incorporated (town)1722
Incorporated (city)1848
Government
TypeCouncil-manager
also known as Plan E
City ManagerMichael V. O'Brien
MayorJoseph C. O'Brien
City CouncilMichael J. Germain
Konstantina B. Lukes
Joseph M. Petty
Frederick C. Rushton
Kathleen M. Toomey
Joffrey A. Smith (D1)
Philip P. Palmieri (D2)
Paul P. Clancy, Jr. (D3)
Barbara G. Haller (D4)
William J. Eddy (D5)
Geography
Total Area38.6 sq mi (100 km2)
Land Area37.6 sq mi (97.4 km2)
Water Area1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Elevation480 ft (146.3 m)
Demography
Total Population181045 (2010)
Density (pop.)1805.7/km2 (4678.1/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEastern (UTC-5)
- Summer (DST)Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code01601 01610, 01612 01615, 01653 01655
Area code508 / 774
FIPS code 0|blank_info=25-8200025-82000
GNIS feature ID0617867

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Worcester (c-eniconˈwʊstər ) is a city and the county seat of Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, as of the 2010 Census the city's population is 181,045, making it the second largest city in New England after Boston.

Worcester is located approximately 40 mi (64.4 km) west of Boston, and 38 mi (61.2 km) northeast of Springfield. Due to its location in central Massachusetts, amidst Massachusetts' major metropolitan regions, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth," thus, a heart is the official symbol of the city.

Worcester was considered its own region for centuries; however, with the encroachment of Boston's suburbs, it now marks the western periphery of the Boston-Worcester-Manchester (MA-RI-NH) U.S. Census Combined Statistical Area (CSA) (Greater Boston). The city features many fine examples of Victorian-era mill architecture.


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