Worcester, Massachusetts Population 2019

Worcester is a city located in the state of Massachusetts. It serves as the county seat for Worcester County. Its location in Central Massachusetts has earned it the nickname, “Heart of the Commonwealth.” The last official population count was taken at the time of the 2010 US Census, during which the population was found to be 181,045. This number makes it the second most populated city in the state.

Worcester City Size and Population Density

Current estimates show that this number has since risen to 184,508. The city’s total area is 38.6 square miles, and the population density is 4,700 people per square mile.

Diversity and Population Statistics

Nearly 21% of the population is of Hispanic or Latino origin. Worcester has always been appealing to immigrants from all around the globe, and many different ethnicities can be found living within the city, including French, Puerto Ricans, Poles, Lebanese, Indians, and Brazilians—to name a few.

There are more females than males living in Worcester, making up 51.3% of the total population according to data from the 2010 Census. The median age of residents in Worcester is 33.4.

Worcester Population Growth

Worcester’s population grew significantly throughout its early years, primarily due to immigration. A community of just over 2,400 people at the beginning of the 19th century exploded to over 118,000 in the next century. This number continued to rise until reaching its peak of 203,486 in 1950. After this, the population began to drop until finally growth was re-recorded in 1990. Since the last census in 2010, the population is up nearly 2% indicating that this city is growing once again.

Worcester Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Worcester was:

  • White: 69.40%
  • Black or African American: 13.23%
  • Asian: 7.31%
  • Other race: 5.31%
  • Two or more races: 4.20%
  • Native American: 0.52%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%

Worcester, Massachusetts's estimated population is 185,877 according to the most recent United States census estimates. Worcester, Massachusetts is the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts based on official 2017 estimates from the US Census Bureau.

The population density is 4975.37 people/mi² (1920.99 people/km²), with a household density of 806.48 people/km² (2088.79 people/mi²).

The overall median age is 34.2 years, 32.8 years for males, and 35.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.0 males.

Based on data from the American Community Survey, in 2017 there were 78,036 households in the city, with an average size of people per household. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.8%, with a median rent of $1015/month. The median house has 5 rooms, and has a value of $210,600.

The median income for households in Worcester, Massachusetts is $45,869, while the mean household income is $65,446.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018185,8774600.25%
2017185,4172780.15%
2016185,1392290.12%
2015184,9102120.11%
2014184,6981,2400.68%
2013183,4587640.42%
2012182,6942050.11%
2011182,4896110.34%
2010181,8789,2300.52%
2000172,6482,8890.17%
1990169,7597,9600.48%
1980161,799-14,773-0.87%
1970176,572-10,015-0.55%
1960186,587-16,899-0.86%
1950203,4869,7920.49%
1940193,694-1,617-0.08%
1930195,31115,5570.83%
1920179,75433,7682.10%
1910145,98627,5652.11%
1900118,42133,7663.41%
189084,65526,3643.80%
188058,29117,1863.55%
187041,10516,1455.12%
186024,9607,9113.89%
185017,0499,5528.56%
18407,4973,3246.03%
18304,1731,1733.36%
18203,0004001.44%
18102,6002000.80%
18002,4003001.34%
17902,1000.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White128,208
Black or African American24,436
Asian13,497
Some Other Race9,812
Two or More Races7,759
American Indian and Alaska Native957
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander74

Worcester Population Pyramid 2019

Worcester Median Age

34.2


Total

32.8


Male

35.6


Female

Worcester Adults

There are 148,386 adults, (23,779 of whom are seniors) in Worcester.

Worcester Age Dependency

48.3

Age Dependency Ratio

19.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Worcester Sex Ratio

Female

94,267

51.03%

Male

90,476

48.97%

Worcester Households and Families

Worcester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Worcester Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.7%35.3%
All42.1%57.9%
Male41.9%58.1%
Non Family30.5%69.5%
Female28.3%71.7%

42.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All70,7922.4342.1
Non Family32,4251.3330.5
Married23,6033.2864.7
Female11,1063.3828.3
Male3,6583.7541.9

3.22

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

6.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Worcester Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,2836.05%
9th to 12th Grade11,0909.22%
High School Graduate35,92529.87%
Some College20,22516.81%
Associates Degree9,7178.08%
Bachelors Degree22,10118.37%
Graduate Degree13,94511.59%

Worcester Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White75,47368,15926,442
Hispanic20,96614,1112,331
Black14,24412,0483,662
Asian8,3436,4013,341
Other Race5,8953,702578
Multiple Races3,2412,591636
Native American61944996
Islander656526

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 40.05%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$38,172$42,261$33,965
Less Than High School$23,370$26,768$18,986
High School Grad$30,762$35,981$25,627
Some College$35,986$40,905$33,654
Bachelors Degree$46,978$51,819$42,192
Graduate Degree$64,651$71,839$60,000

$38,172

Average Earnings

$42,261

Average Male

$33,965

Average Female

Worcester Language

Worcester Language by Age

Worcester Language

66.24% of Worcester residents speak only English, while 33.76% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 15.33% of the population.

Worcester Poverty

Worcester Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White96,45816,27516.87%
Hispanic37,36113,59436.39%
Black23,3314,81420.63%
Other9,5962,59827.07%
Multiple7,4612,42832.54%
Asian12,8532,41018.75%
Native93527829.73%
Islander6557.69%

21.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.05%

Male Poverty Rate

23.42%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Worcester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Worcester is Hispanic, with 36.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Worcester is Islander, with 7.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.35%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.80%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.79%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.95%
High School19.84%
Some College14.48%
Bachelors or Greater9.34%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed39.88%
Male Unemployed30.69%
Female Employed8.14%
Male Employed6.84%

Worcester Income

Worcester Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,869$65,446
Families$60,747$79,679
Married Families$80,086$98,307
Non Families$31,450$45,595

Worcester Marital Status

Worcester Marital Status

Marriage Rates

34.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

33.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Worcester Married by Age and Sex

Worcester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Worcester Marital Status by Race

Worcester Veterans

7,612

Number of Veterans

7,157

Male Veterans

455

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,279
Second Gulf War1,035
Korea861
First Gulf War858
World War II784
Age Group Veterans
75+2,290
35 to 541,660
65 to 741,601
55 to 641,495
18 to 34566

Worcester Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White6,8046.35%
Black4652.63%
Hispanic3841.45%
Asian1471.35%
Other951.28%
2 or More902.03%
Indian111.53%

Worcester Veterans by Education

11.51%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Worcester Employment Status

61.2%

Labor Force Participation

56.5%

Employment Rate

7.5%

Unemployment Rate

Worcester Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

57.44%

Born in Massachusetts

78.93%

Native Born

21.07%

Foreign Born

11.24%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

78.93% of Worcester residents were born in the United States, with 57.44% having been born in Massachusetts. 11.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.