Worcester, Massachusetts - Facts & Figures
Worcester is the second largest city in New England. The city is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth" and therefore, a heart is the official symbol of the city. The city is known for innovation in commerce, industry, education, and social thought. Worcester’s success is attributable to its low-cost housing, high quality of life, an increasing knowledge-based economy and geographic accessibility. The biotech park near the University of Massachusetts Medical School hosts many innovative companies, including Advanced Cell Technology and Abbott Laboratories. Morgan Construction is headquartered in Worcester, along with Norton Abrasives.
Worcester employs 406 full-time firefighters. In December of 1999, the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse caught on fire, taking six days to bring under control. Six firefighters lost their lives looking for two homeless victims thought to be trapped and are known as the Worcester 6.
- Population: 181,208
- Industries: Educational services, Construction
- Area Codes: 508, 774
- ZIP Codes: 01601, 01602, 01603, 01604, 01605, 01606, 01607, 01608, 01609, 01610, 01613, 01614, 01615, 01653, 01654, 01655
- Surrounding Cities: Greendale