Worcester (Massachusetts), established as a town on June 14, 1722 and as a city on February 29, 1848. Worcester is located in Central Massachusetts approximately 45 miles west of Boston, has a population of 172,648 and is the third largest city in New England. A seat of Worcester County, on a series of hills overlooking the Blackstone River. Lake Quinsigamond marks the eastern boundary of the city.
Worcester has evolved into an education, medical and research center. Worcester, MA is the home of nine colleges and universities, Among the institutions of higher education are Worcester State College (1874), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1865), Assumption College (1904), Clark University (1887), the College of the Holy Cross (1843), the University of Massachusetts Medical Center (1962), and Becker, QCC and MCPHS.
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