Worcester (Massachusetts)

Worcester County


Worcester [ wʊstər ] is a city of 181 045 inhabitants located in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It is the third largest city in New England and the second largest in Massachusetts. Worcester is the county seat ( county seat ) of Worcester County.


Prior to settlement by Europeans lived on the territory of the town the Nipmuck Indians. Worcester was settled in 1673 and officially established in 1684. Was named the settlement after the city of Worcester in England. In the 19th century the city grew rapidly and changed its economic structure: the agricultural sector declined in favor of the industrial sector. Many Irish -born immigrants settled in Worcester, who were employed in the construction of the Blackstone Canal and the railway, especially. 1950 reached Worcester with a population of 200,000 inhabitants peak. 1953 94 people lost their lives from a severe tornado. A large part of the city was destroyed.

Educational institutions

Worcester is the seat of the American Antiquarian Society and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute ( WPI), the College of the Holy Cross, the Worcester State College, Clark University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Even the renowned Worcester Academy is located in the city.


Worcester is home to the Worcester Sharks since the summer of 2006, a franchise of the American Hockey League. Previously Been 1994-2005 Worcester IceCats at home there.

Twin Cities

  • Worcester, United Kingdom
  • Piraeus, Greece
  • Afula, Israel

Sons and daughters of the town