Worcester, Massachusetts Population 2022

211,612
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Worcester is a city located in Worcester County Massachusetts. With a 2020 population of 211,612, it is the 2nd largest city in Massachusetts and the 115th largest city in the United States. Worcester is currently growing at a rate of 1.22% annually and its population has increased by 2.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 206,518 in 2020. Spanning over 38 miles, Worcester has a population density of 5,664 people per square mile.

The average household income in Worcester is $68,613 with a poverty rate of 19.70%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,115 per month, and the median house value is $241,800. The median age in Worcester is 34.7 years, 33.2 years for males, and 36.1 years for females.

Worcester serves as the county seat for Worcester County. Its location in Central Massachusetts has earned it the nickname, “Heart of the Commonwealth.”

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.

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 Worcesterwas:

  • White: 67.66%
  • Black or African American: 12.96%
  • Asian: 7.25%
  • Two or more races: 6.37%
  • Other race: 5.20%
  • Native American: 0.51%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Worcester, Massachusetts is 211,612 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 206,518.

Worcester, Massachusetts Population 2022

Population by Race

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Worcester Population by Race

Worcester Population Pyramid 2022

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Worcester Median Age

34.6


Total

32.8


Male

36.2


Female

Worcester Adults

There are 150,052 adults, (25,157 of whom are seniors) in Worcester.

Worcester Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

20.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Worcester Sex Ratio

Female

94,127

50.83%

Male

91,059

49.17%

Worcester Population by Age

Worcester Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Worcester Household Types

42.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Worcester Households and Families

3.13

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Worcester Households by Type

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Worcester Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Worcester Educational Attainment by Race

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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 51.06%.

Worcester Educational Attainment by Race

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$42,495

Average Earnings

$47,365

Average Male

$37,244

Average Female

Worcester Earnings by Educational Attainment

Worcester Language by Age

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Worcester Language

64.62% of Worcester residents speak only English, while 35.38% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 16.87% of the population.

Worcester Language

Worcester Poverty by Race

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19.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.65%

Male Poverty Rate

21.70%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Worcester

The race most likely to be in poverty in Worcester is Native, with 45.03% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.58%.

Worcester Poverty

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Worcester Poverty Rate by Education

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Worcester Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Worcester Income by Household Type

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Income by Household Type

Worcester Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

35.4%

Male Marriage Rate

31.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Worcester Married by Age and Sex

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Worcester Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Worcester Marital Status by Race

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Worcester Marital Status

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6,529

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

Worcester Veterans by War

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Worcester Veterans by Age

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Worcester Veterans by Race

Worcester Veterans by Education

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11.06%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.11%

Veteran Disability Rate

Worcester Veterans by Education

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61.2%

Labor Force Participation

58.1%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Worcester Employment by Age

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Worcester Employment by Race

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Worcester Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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55.44%

Born in Worcester

79.01%

Native Born

20.99%

Foreign Born

9.75%

Non Citizen

11.25%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

79.01% of Worcester residents were born in the United States, with 55.44% having been born in Massachusetts. 9.75% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Worcester Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected

Worcester Population by Year