Worcester, Massachusetts

Worcester Business Signs

Worcester is a city located in the central portion of the present-day U.S. state of Massachusetts.  Prior to meddling by persons of European descent, this area was inhabited by the Nipmuc tribe.  These people referred to the region as ‘Quinsigamond.’  Then, in 1673, English settlers John Eliot and Daniel Gookin led an expedition into the area and would inhabit it within the year.  Subsequent burnings and abandonments of this settlement during the next forty years occurred as part of King Philip’s War and Queen Anne’s War.  Finally, in 1713, Worcester, Massachusetts was resettled by Jonas Rice.  He named the settlement after the city of the same name in England.  Interestingly, Worcester, England’s name is derived from the Old English ‘Weorgoran ceaster,’ or ‘fort of the people of the winding river’ (probably West Saxons).  Worcester, Massachusetts was officially incorporated into a town in 1722 and then officially incorporated into a city in 1848.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Worcester, Massachusetts has a total population of 184,508 people.  This makes it the second most populous city in the state of Massachusetts after Boston.  As for Worcester, Massachusetts’ metropolitan population, according to that 2016 estimate, it encompasses 923,672 individuals.

Historically, Worcester, Massachusetts “was one of the largest manufacturing centers in New England.”  While the city still does maintain much of its manufacturing heritage, such as the headquarters for Norton Abrasives, Morgan Construction, and the David Clark Company, Worcester, Massachusetts has also heavily branched out into the services, education, and healthcare sectors.  Indeed, Hanover Insurance was founded in the city in 1852 and still keeps its headquarters there.

As Worcester, Massachusetts’ 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report reveals, the largest modern employer in the city is undoubtedly UMass Memorial Health Care, which is responsible for a whopping 13,764 local jobs.  Coming in at a far second is the University of Massachusetts Medical School, which employs 5,678 locals.  City of Worcester comes in third, with 5,128 employees.

Worcester, Massachusetts is also a city positively brimming with history.  Among these fascinating historical sites are Worcester City Hall and Common, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  This city hall and common have been in use since 1669.  Salisbury Mansion and Store, also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1772, and is now a historic house museum.  Tuckerman Hall, which is a U.S. Historic District Contributing Property, was built in 1902 in the Neoclassical style by the architect Josephine Wright Chapman, one of the United States’ earliest female architects.

As for sports, Worcester, Massachusetts has a few franchises of note.  The DCU Center is home to two teams, Ice Hockey’s ECHL’s Worcester Railers and Indoor Football’s NAL’s Massachusetts Pirates.  Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium is home to American Football’s NEFL’s Worcester County Wildcats, while Baseball’s FCBL’s Worcester Bravehearts play at Fitton Field.  The Bravehearts have two league championships to their names.

Is there any chance you could possibly be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Worcester, Massachusetts area?  Have you ever considered becoming the owner of such a business in the future?  If you choose to take up such a mantle and quest, the resources listed below could help guide you:

Apply for a Business License in Worcester, Massachusetts:


Starting a Business in Worcester, Massachusetts:


Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce:


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