Worcester, Massachusetts

county seat city in Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States

Worcester is a city of Worcester County in the state of Massachusetts in the United States. It is the county seat of Worcester County. About 175,900 people were living in Worcester as of 2006.

City of Worcester
Downtown Worcester
Downtown Worcester
Flag of City of Worcester
Official seal of City of Worcester
The Heart of the Commonwealth, The City of the Seven Hills, Wormtown, Woo-town
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Location in Worcester County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 42°16′N 71°48′W / 42.267°N 71.800°W / 42.267; -71.800
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (town)1722
Incorporated (city)1848
 • TypeCouncil-manager
also known as Plan E
 • City ManagerMichael V. O'Brien
 • MayorKonstantina B. Lukes
 • City CouncilJoseph M. Petty
Frederick C. Rushton
Kathleen M. Toomey
Gary Rosen
Michael J. Germain
Joffrey A. Smith (D1)
Philip P. Palmieri (D2)
Paul P. Clancy, Jr. (D3)
Barbara G. Haller (D4)
William J. Eddy (D5)
 • Total38.6 sq mi (99.9 km2)
 • Land37.6 sq mi (97.3 km2)
 • Water1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)
480 ft (146 m)
 • Total175,898
 • Density4,678.1/sq mi (1,807.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
01601–01610, 01612–01615, 01653–01655
Area code508 / 774
FIPS code25-82000
GNIS feature ID0617867

Worcester is 40 miles from Boston, Massachusetts and 40 miles from Springfield, Massachusetts—right in the middle.

In 1774, the first public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence in New England took place in Worcester.

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