The city of Worcester is situated in the state of Massachusetts, United States and is the county seat of Worchester County. As of 2010, Worcester was named the 2nd largest city within New England with a population projected to be roughly 181,045. The city of Boston, New England's biggest city, is situated approximately 40 miles towards the east and the city of Springfield lies approximately 38 miles towards the southwest. Worcester's centralized location in the state of Massachusetts has led to it being called the "Heart of the Commonwealth." The official symbol of Worcester City is a heart.
Along the border of Worchester are the communities of Grafton, Auburn, Leicester, Holden, Paxton, Millbury, West Boylston and Shrewsbury. Numerous people wishing to escape the "big city" feeling choose to reside within these smaller communities and go to work within the metropolis during the day.
Beneath the center of the city flows the Blackstone River. The beginning of the river starts in Institute Park. Emerging from underground at the foot of College Hill, the river continues to course through Quinsigamond Village and into Millbury. The center of the "Canal District" is Water Street, that was formerly called the Blackstone Canal.
The economy within Worcester is extremely diverse. Science and technology play a huge role in the city of Worcester, and pioneering businesses including Advanced Cell Technology, that is working on developing stem cell research, and Abbott Laboratories, a top pharmaceutical manufacturing and research company, have preferred to make their home in the biotech park by the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
There are several financial institutional headquarters which are situated within the city such as the oldest insurance company based within Massachusetts, the Harleysville Worcester Insurance Company. Other prominent financial businesses headquartered within the city of Worcester comprise Hanover Insurance and the Paul Revere Life Insurance Company, that is a subsidiary of Unum.
Other than agriculture, the top employment sectors of the economy comprise: Trade, Education and Health Services, Utilities and Transportation, Government, Finance, Manufacturing and Hospitality and Leisure.
The city is also home to numerous culture and arts locations: The American Antiquarian Society, Ecotarium, The Higgins Armory Museum, The Foothills Theatre Company, Musicians of the Old Post Road, Music Worcester, Opera Worcester, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Worcester History Museum are just a few of the educational and cultural places situated within Worcester.
There are also some culture and arts offerings within Boston, Massachusetts, the city of Hartford, Connecticut, and the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Because the city of Worcester has such a centralized location, these places are a fairly short drive away.
The poetic spirit remains strong in the city of Worcester because of the Worcester County Poetry Association. They support readings by national and local poets, Bloomsday, and conference and literary tours of Worcester. There are several local poets who have competed within the National Poetry Slam and have become really successful.
In 1865, the Worcester Employment Society was founded. Today, the site has been transformed into the Worcester Center for Crafts, which offers professional level instruction to the Worcester community. The original purpose of the institution was to teach immigrants the skills and abilities they needed to create and sell crafts. Nowadays, they seek to promote an appreciation for the fine arts by providing education in metalwork, weaving, enameling, jewelry-making, woodwork and different other crafts.