Worcester is the second largest city in Massachusetts, and depending on which year’s census data you see, either the second or third largest city in New England. Worcester is only an hour from Boston, Providence, and Hartford, and only three hours from New York City.
Because it is situated in central Massachusetts between the Berkshire Mountains to the west and Boston to the east, Worcester is known as the “heart of the Commonwealth.” This modern metropolis still reminds its visitors of its’ days of yesteryear with its Victorian architecture, and historic sites.
Like most of New England, it is steeped in English colonial history and the struggles between the colonists and native people. After the American Revolution, the area was settled by a wave of Swedish and Irish immigrants. Over the decades following the city became an industrial mill center and later transformed to the modern city we see today. Worcester has a rich blend of history, commerce, art and culture. Museums, concerts, sporting events, and outdoor activities at beautiful Lake Quinsigamond provide plenty of entertainment.
Worcester is also a college town with 11 colleges and Universities who make the city their home, including the UMass Medical School, which happens to be the City’s largest employer.
Worcester’s climate is typical of most of New England. Summers are typically warm and humid, while winters are cold, windy and snowy. Snow may fall as early as October and as late as May. The hottest month is July and the coldest month is January.
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