Worcester, a medium-size city in Massachusetts, has a population of just under 185,000. Young adults aged 15-24 make up a larger portion of the population here (19%) than nationally (14%), meaning they will find plenty of activities. With an average age of just over 37, the city's residents are notably younger than most cities in Massachusetts. The majority of Worcester residents rent, and 42% of residents own their homes. With a relatively low average rent of $999 a month in the city, renting remains an affordable option, particularly compared to other cities in Massachusetts. Over the course of a year, renters in Worcester will save around $2,600 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 26 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Worcester residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Many residents (38%) drive their car to work, while public transportation isn't widely used. Walking (3%) isn't a common means of commuting to work, though the number exceeds the national average.
There are three primary industries in Worcester: healthcare, retail, and education. Combined, these industries make up 22% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, 7% of the city's population works in sales, which ranks as the top field in the city. With an average annual income of around $62K, Worcester workers bring in around $22,000 less than the average Massachusetts resident. The city's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Among Worcester residents over the age of 25, 12% possess a Bachelor's degree and 6% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree.