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Worcester, MA

Worcester business statistics
Employer establishments with 1-49 employees
17,627 11,214
Small business growth rate
-2% 5.0%
State business tax climate ranking
(out of 50 states)
32 N/A
Percentage of population with bachelor's degree
(ages 25-34)
37.5% 26.9%
Violent crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
379.1 478.8
Property crime
(rate per 100,000 inhabitants, 2007)
1,955.1 3,562.2
Population growth
1% 5.73%
Per-capita income
$41,380 $35,547
Per-capita income growth
25% 24.0%
GDP (in millions)
$26,510 $18,559
GDP growth
18% 32%
Average hourly wage
21.87 $18.69
Housing foreclosure rate
(first half of 2009)
112 286
Median rent
(2009, for a 2-bedroom housing unit)
$973 $848
Housing price-to-income (HPI) ratio
(first quarter of 2009)
2.0% 1.9%
Long-term HPI ratio
(20-year average, 1984-2004)
1.85% 1.82%
HPI deviation from long-term average
-10% 0.0%

All statistics are for the full Metropolitan Statistical Area. For a complete list of data sources, see "How we picked the Best Places."
From the November 2009 issue
Best Places Winners


Local smallbiz lenders

  • Citizens Financial Group
  • Sovereign Bancorp
  • Eastern Bank Corporation
  • Independent Bank Corp.
  • Campello Bancorp
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Data partners

This package was produced in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Foreclosure data provided by RealtyTrac.

Housing price-to-income data provided by Moody's

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