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Worcester city overview
Worcester, Massachusetts is the second largest city in New England after Boston. Located 40 miles west of its larger neighbor, it is ideally located in the center of the state. With a metro population of around a million people, it is a thriving and popular commuter city for Boston as well as a destination in its own right.
Brief history of Worcester
The area that is Worcester was originally home to the Nipmuc tribe. The area was settled in 1674 when John Eliot and Daniel Goodkin set up a ‘praying town’. The town was briefly abandoned in 1675 during the King Philip War and again in the Queen Anne war of 1702 but each time the town was rebuilt and inhabited anew.
The town was named Worcester in 1722 after a town of the same name in England. From then the town stayed inhabited and grew steadily. It played a significant role in the American Revolutionary War and a short time after, the Declaration of Independence got one of its first public readings on the steps of Old South Church.
Once things settled down, Worcester continued growing thanks to the manufacturing of textiles and shoes. The arrival of the Blackstone Canal in 1828 saw an economic boom which was further fueled by the arrival of the Worcester and Boston Railroad in 1835. The canal and railroad allowed Worcester and Boston Railroad in 1835. To add transportation to its economy, becoming a significant hub for moving goods.
The modern city has shifted from manufacturing to biotech, medical research and healthcare. Hospitals and the medical industry are now a significant player in the modern economy.
Doing business in Worcester
While the local economy shifted from manufacturing, there is still quite the presence here with a number of factories making all manner of products. Healthcare is now a large part of the Worcester, with many of the largest employers in the area being hospitals or biomedical companies.
Other, varied and smaller businesses are spread around the city offering all manner of employment and opportunities. While not as specialized as many other cities, the diversity of the Worcester economy has enabled the city to weather more recent economic difficulties much better than earlier in its history.
Some of the top employers in Worcester include; UMass Memorial Health Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Saint Vincent Hospital, Hanover Insurance, Saint-Gobain and Reliant Medical Group.
Worcester city character
Worcester benefits from many of the characteristics of New England and Boston. It’s English roots are still strong but the influx of other European immigrants have left their mark. There is a strong Swedish, Italian, Irish and Polish presence in town that add their own culture and character into the mix.
The city is a mix of new and old with a number of historic buildings and neighborhoods that sit alongside the new. It is an eclectic mixture that typifies New England as a whole and is a real draw to the area.
Some of the neighborhoods that make up Worcester include; North Worcester, West Side, East Side, Central, Downtown, South Worcester, Greendale, Indian Hill, Forest Grove, Tatnuck and Webster Square.