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Worcester County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2014: 813,475 (82% urban, 18% rural); it was 750,963 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 153,104
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 47,218
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 182,097
Renter-occupied apartments: 102,758 (it was 101,830 in 2000)
% of renters here:

36%
State:

38%

Land area: 1513 sq. mi.

Water area: 66.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 538 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Worcester County: 126.9 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (27.4%), Educational, health and social services (25.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 27%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Worcester County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (80.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (9.4%)
  • Asian alone (4.0%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.6%)
Median resident age:  39.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 400,625  (49.2%)
Females: 412,850  (50.8%)
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Worcester County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Worcester County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $65,753 ($47,874 in 1999)

This county:

$65,753
Massachusetts:

$70,628

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $842 (lower quartile is $640, upper quartile is $1,054)
This county:

$842
State:

$1014


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $257,400 (it was $142,600 in 2000)
Worcester:

$257,400
Massachusetts:

$352,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $184,600 - $363,300

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $307,171
Here:

$307,171
State:

$439,026

Townhouses or other attached units: $245,260
Here:

$245,260
State:

$393,052

In 2-unit structures: $229,949
Here:

$229,949
State:

$383,248

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $208,138
Here:

$208,138
State:

$429,779

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $152,176
Here:

$152,176
State:

$395,784

Mobile homes: $58,938
Here:

$58,938
State:

$103,179
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,794
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $692

Institutionalized population: 11,315
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Health of residents in Worcester County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is about average.
73.3% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
49.5% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
76.3% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
75.0% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 194 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 160 pounds. This is about average.
11.5% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 1660 buildings, average cost: $185,000
  • 2008: 803 buildings, average cost: $197,500
  • 2009: 973 buildings, average cost: $170,800
  • 2010: 1067 buildings, average cost: $182,100
  • 2011: 726 buildings, average cost: $194,900
  • 2012: 867 buildings, average cost: $198,600
  • 2013: 1164 buildings, average cost: $192,700
  • 2014: 1168 buildings, average cost: $205,600

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $3,834 (1.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $3,842 (1.6%)

Worcester County household income distribution in 2009 Worcester County home values distribution Worcester County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 12.2%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.0% for Black residents, 31.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.7% for American Indian residents, 16.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 32.7% for other race residents, 21.3% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 12.2%
Worcester County:

12.2%
Massachusetts:

11.5%
(8.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 23.0% for Black residents, 31.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 20.7% for American Indian residents, 16.3% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 28.8% for other race residents, 20.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 28 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 32 years old)

Area name: Fitchburg-Leominster, MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Worcester County is $646 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $811 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $993 a month.

Cities in this county include: Worcester, Leominster, Fitchburg, Shrewsbury, Milford, Gardner, Southbridge Town, Auburn, Holden, Grafton.

Worcester County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Worcester County:

Carbon Monoxide: 0.507 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.01 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.036 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 17.8 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.4 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.003 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Above U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Curry County, Oregon , Rich County, Utah , Clinton County, Michigan , Green County, Wisconsin , Lincoln County, Idaho , Jackson County, South Dakota , Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska , Stephenson County, Illinois .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.8%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 46,184
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 26.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 59,063 (43% naturalized citizens)

Worcester County:

7.9%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 16,158
  • 1990 to 1994: 8,907
  • 1985 to 1989: 8,104
  • 1980 to 1984: 5,548
  • 1975 to 1979: 3,739
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,774
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,960
  • 1965 to 1969: 10,873
Note: State values scaled to Worcester County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 74.0%

Worcester County marital status for males Worcester County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 167,648
  • One, attached: 10,667
  • Two: 29,871
  • 3 or 4: 39,617
  • 5 to 9: 17,467
  • 10 to 19: 11,079
  • 20 or more: 18,870
  • Mobile homes: 2,894
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 46

Housing units in Worcester County with a mortgage: 109,893 (8,808 second mortgage, 16,103 home equity loan, 382 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 39,495

Here:

73.6% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Worcester County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic306,925118
Mainline Protestant43,326171
Evangelical Protestant37,511203
Other18,93169
Orthodox7,93515
Black Protestant4976
None383,427-
Worcester County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 135
Worcester County:

1.73 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 4
Here:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 140
This county:

1.79 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 174
Worcester County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 569
This county:

7.27 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Worcester County:

8.0%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Worcester County:

24.0%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.6%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Worcester County:

Average size of farms: 95 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $62,682
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1023.57
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 30.33%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 49.20%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $53,600
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.87%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.12%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $46,309
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.40%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.89
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 39.30%
Vegetables: 1,662 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,172 acres

Earthquake activity:

Worcester County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 89% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 169.0 miles away from Worcester County center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 176.5 miles away from the county center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 81.9 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 236.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 22.4 miles away from Worcester County center
On 6/17/1991 at 08:53:16, a magnitude 4.1 (4.0 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 146.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 2015 to January 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4214: April 13, 2015, FEMA Id: 4214, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4110: April 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4110, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3350: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3350, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3343: November 01, 2011, FEMA Id: 3343, Natural disaster type: Storm
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: October 29, 2011 to October 30, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4051: January 06, 2012, FEMA Id: 4051, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3330: August 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 3330, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storms and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 01, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1994: June 15, 2011, FEMA Id: 1994, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 01, 2010 to September 04, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3315: September 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 3315, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1895: March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1895, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: December 11, 2008 to December 18, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1813: January 05, 2009, FEMA Id: 1813, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • 17 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Worcester County (27) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 12

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Hurricanes: 6, Snowstorms: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Blizzards: 2, Snows: 2, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Production occupations (8%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Canada (11%)
  • Vietnam (8%)
  • Brazil (5%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Poland (5%)
  • India (4%)
  • Dominican Republic (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Worcester County (%):

  • Irish (16%)
  • Italian (12%)
  • French (except Basque) (12%)
  • English (8%)
  • French Canadian (8%)
  • Polish (6%)
  • United States or American (5%)

Worcester County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 297,604 (83%)
  • Carpooled: 33,495 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3,483 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 70 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 156 (0%)
  • Railroad: 1,557 (0%)
  • Ferryboat: 7 (0%)
  • Taxi: 704 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 193 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 421 (0%)
  • Walked: 10,822 (3%)
  • Other means: 2,010 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 9,821 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Worcester County, Massachusetts in 2000:

  • 9,232 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 7,407 people in nursing homes
  • 2,151 people in state prisons
  • 1,220 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 747 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 573 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 516 people in religious group quarters
  • 502 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 478 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 382 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 320 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 302 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 300 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 203 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 166 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 101 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 96 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 95 people in other group homes
  • 82 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 76 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 63 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 58 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 28 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 26 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 20 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 18 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 10 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 10 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill

People in group quarters in Worcester County, Massachusetts in 2010:

  • 12,002 people in college/university student housing
  • 5,489 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,280 people in state prisons
  • 1,418 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 1,194 people in federal prisons
  • 927 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 820 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 775 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 736 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 470 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 411 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 160 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 148 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 92 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 66 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 41 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 13 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 3 people in in-patient hospice facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $68,686.

3.66% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($51,386 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.66%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($555 average AGI)
Worcester County:

0.04%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

1.94% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($28,543 average AGI)
1.68% relocated from other states ($22,288 average AGI)
Worcester County:

1.68%
Massachusetts average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Middlesex County, MA  0.97% ($60,516 average AGI)
from Norfolk County, MA  0.24% ($51,162)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.16% ($52,384)
from Hampden County, MA  0.14% ($42,061)
from Providence County, RI  0.12% ($47,313)
from Essex County, MA  0.09% ($48,285)
from Hampshire County, MA  0.08% ($34,375)


4.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($50,030 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.08%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($764 average AGI)
Worcester County:

0.08%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

1.91% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($23,002 average AGI)
2.09% relocated to other states ($26,264 average AGI)
Worcester County:

2.09%
Massachusetts average:

2.61%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Middlesex County, MA  0.91% ($52,341 average AGI)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.23% ($46,486)
to Norfolk County, MA  0.22% ($53,668)
to Hampden County, MA  0.12% ($37,569)
to Providence County, RI  0.11% ($42,791)
to Essex County, MA  0.09% ($44,745)
to Franklin County, MA  0.08% ($33,513)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.0
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Worcester County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Worcester County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 5.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Worcester County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.2%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Worcester County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Worcester County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 116,170 (94,130 aged, 22,040 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 5,630 (3%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Worcester County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (7,718)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (6,915)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (6,058)
  • Unspecified dementia (5,190)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (4,308)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (3,282)
  • Congestive heart failure (3,124)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (3,112)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (3,030)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,813)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.15
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 11,313
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 212
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 45,141

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,239
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 889
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 20

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 47
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 91

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 15
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 3,356

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 17.7. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 8.1
  • Cut/Pierce - 4.2
  • Other - 5.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 71.5. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 26.7
  • Poisoning - 19.7
  • Firearm - 17.3
  • Other - 7.7

Household type by relationship:

Households: 771,507
  • In family households: 644,137 (138,415 male householders, 64,187 female householders)
    151,406 spouses, 234,038 children (220,335 natural, 5,096 adopted, 8,607 stepchildren), 11,080 grandchildren, 6,742 brothers or sisters, 7,870 parents, 7,297 other relatives, 18,119 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 127,370 (47,312 male householders (35,337 living alone)), 53,166 female householders (44,100 living alone)), 26,892 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 27,045 (11,315 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 79,928 2-persons, 49,233 3-persons, 45,093 4-persons, 18,933 5-persons, 6,342 6-persons, 3,073 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 79,437 1-person, 17,170 2-persons, 2,573 3-persons, 941 4-persons, 236 5-persons, 65 6-persons, 56 7-or-more-persons.

135,695 married couples with children.
42,745 single-parent households (8,218 men, 34,527 women).

85.0% of residents of Worcester County speak English at home.
6.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
6.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (67% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (45% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (74% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 5% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $4,251,858,000 ($5,455 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $219,003,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,608,532,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $1,092,100,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,660,000
Federal grants: $1,078,794,000
Federal procurement contracts: $225,628,000 ($132,534,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $237,144,000 ($31,498,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $18,089,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $351,932,000
Federal Government insurance: $213,109,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 52,874
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 35,694
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14,029
Here:

+18 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,850
Here +4 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Worcester County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 336.69 millions of gallons per day (8% from ground, 92% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.4
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 466
  • 2010 to 2013: 5,871
  • 2000 to 2009: 26,831
  • 1990 to 1999: 31,009
  • 1980 to 1989: 37,919
  • 1970 to 1979: 37,732
  • 1960 to 1969: 27,381
  • 1950 to 1959: 38,654
  • 1940 to 1949: 18,225
  • 1939 or earlier: 105,996
Note: State values scaled to Worcester population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Worcester County population
  • 1 room: 139
  • 2 rooms: 462
  • 3 rooms: 2,725
  • 4 rooms: 13,174
  • 5 rooms: 34,654
  • 6 rooms: 44,956
  • 7 rooms: 34,271
  • 8 rooms: 26,857
  • 9+ rooms: 24,859
  • 1 room: 3,031
  • 2 rooms: 9,336
  • 3 rooms: 20,329
  • 4 rooms: 27,566
  • 5 rooms: 22,650
  • 6 rooms: 12,636
  • 7 rooms: 3,501
  • 8 rooms: 1,479
  • 9+ rooms: 1,302
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Worcester County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Worcester County population
  • no bedroom: 173
  • 1 bedroom: 5,079
  • 2 bedrooms: 38,026
  • 3 bedrooms: 90,649
  • 4 bedrooms: 40,055
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8,115
  • no bedroom: 3,484
  • 1 bedroom: 31,536
  • 2 bedrooms: 40,587
  • 3 bedrooms: 22,108
  • 4 bedrooms: 3,308
  • 5+ bedrooms: 807
Cars and other vehicles available in Worcester County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Worcester County population
  • no vehicle: 6,422
  • 1 vehicle: 49,073
  • 2 vehicles: 91,722
  • 3 vehicles: 25,854
  • 4 vehicles: 6,929
  • 5+ vehicles: 2,097
  • no vehicle: 21,334
  • 1 vehicle: 51,704
  • 2 vehicles: 24,266
  • 3 vehicles: 3,340
  • 4 vehicles: 602
  • 5+ vehicles: 584

61% of Worcester County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 67% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 49% lived in Massachusetts.

Worcester County:

60.7%
State average:

60.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 535,628
  • Northeast: 87,901
  • Midwest: 16,368
  • South: 19,534
  • West: 10,473

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $129,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Worcester County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (63.7%)
  • Utility gas (23.6%)
  • Electricity (7.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • Wood (2.3%)
  • Utility gas (42.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.7%)
  • Electricity (25.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.4%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 8,589
Here:

9.4%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 5,101
Here:

12.2%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16,813
Here:

45.5%
Massachusetts:

48.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 19,646
  • Number of aged recipients: 3,867
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 15,779
  • Number of recipients under 18: 2,469
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 13,006
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 4,171
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 7,391
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 9,783
Worcester County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Worcester County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 162 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED2,578$201,6784,526$196,06519,502$218,5181,580$92,19982$1,354,732943$155,27754$73,407
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED164$190,982304$202,7071,260$227,276131$52,2063$7,601,66772$154,80613$53,923
APPLICATIONS DENIED461$180,751897$167,9935,213$225,288533$81,51425$1,108,600358$146,38522$55,727
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN351$190,350613$189,0053,643$228,290174$134,2369$965,444141$156,2705$112,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS80$183,075189$199,8201,312$224,88781$120,0740$055$133,8002$79,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 154 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED625$235,195459$261,6063$176,000
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED202$220,525208$265,6159$146,111
APPLICATIONS DENIED142$216,493167$260,5030$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN56$220,08959$258,4411$154,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS13$231,53811$268,2731$252,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Worcester County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary7,19381.7 years
John6,32074.7 years
Joseph4,69976.0 years
William4,22875.0 years
George3,30476.2 years
Robert3,22569.6 years
Helen3,08481.1 years
James2,75273.0 years
Edward2,47274.4 years
Charles2,45876.3 years
Most common last names in Worcester County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson1,52377.9 years
Smith1,27977.9 years
Anderson91379.1 years
Leblanc72276.3 years
Brown71177.3 years
Sullivan63278.2 years
Murphy61777.9 years
White55578.0 years
Carlson52078.6 years
Cormier47276.2 years
Businesses in Worcester County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven10Kmart3
ALDI1Kohl's3
ALDO1La Quinta2
AMF Bowling2La-Z-Boy6
AT&T14Lane Bryant2
Ace Hardware7Lane Furniture7
Advance Auto Parts13LensCrafters3
Aeropostale3Little Caesars Pizza3
American Eagle Outfitters4Lowe's4
Ann Taylor1Macy's2
Applebee's6Marriott7
Arby's2Marshalls4
Ashley Furniture2MasterBrand Cabinets70
Audi1Maurices1
AutoZone9Mazda3
Avenue1McDonald's32
BMW1Men's Wearhouse3
Barnes & Noble3Motel 63
Baskin-Robbins1Motherhood Maternity4
Bath & Body Works3New Balance11
Bed Bath & Beyond4New York & Co1
Ben & Jerry's1Nike1
Blockbuster7Nissan4
Budget Car Rental1OfficeMax1
Buffalo Wild Wings1Old Navy4
Burger King16Olive Garden2
CVS36Outback3
Casual Male XL1Outback Steakhouse3
Charlotte Russe1Pac Sun2
Chevrolet4Panera Bread5
Chico's1Papa John's Pizza4
Chipotle2Payless12
Circle K3Penske10
Cold Stone Creamery3PetSmart2
Coldwater Creek1Pier 1 Imports4
Comfort Inn3Pizza Hut3
Cracker Barrel1Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Curves13Quality2
DHL4Quiznos6
Dairy Queen8RadioShack15
Days Inn1Red Robin1
Deb1Red Roof Inn1
Decora Cabinetry10Rite Aid18
Dennys2Rodeway Inn1
Domino's Pizza5Ruby Tuesday2
DressBarn4Rue211
Dressbarn4Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing2
Dunkin Donuts113Sam's Club1
Econo Lodge2Sears7
Express1Shaw's10
Extended Stay America1Spencer Gifts2
Extended Stay Deluxe2Sprint Nextel7
Famous Footwear5Staples9
Fashion Bug4Starbucks8
FedEx105Stop & Shop8
Finish Line2Subaru3
Firestone Complete Auto Care3Subway56
Foot Locker3Super 83
Ford7T-Mobile25
Forever 211T.G.I. Driday's3
Fredericks Of Hollywood1T.J.Maxx5
GNC13Taco Bell9
GameStop11Talbots1
Gap2Target5
Goodwill4The Room Place2
Gymboree1Toyota6
H&R Block18Toys"R"Us4
Hilton6Trader Joe's1
Holiday Inn2Travelodge1
Hollister Co.1True Value12
Home Depot5U-Haul36
Honda2UPS127
Hot Topic3Verizon Wireless9
Hyundai3Victoria's Secret2
IHOP1Volkswagen2
JCPenney2Walgreens14
JoS. A. Bank2Walmart9
Jones New York18Wendy's13
Journeys2Wet Seal1
Justice2World Gym3
KFC9YMCA10
Kincaid2

Worcester County on our top lists:

  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest carbon monoxide air pollution readings in 2012 (ppm)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply"
  • #23 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Sulfur Oxides Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #26 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #30 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox congregations"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #33 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Mainline Protestant congregations"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from other counties between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"