Worcester Is Bigger Than Ever: Population Jumped In 2023, Census Says

May 17, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

WORCESTER, MA — Worcester — Wormtown, the Paris of the 1980s, the heart of the commonwealth — is bigger than ever.

New U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show that Worcester’s population stood at 207,621 as of July 1, 2023. That’s about 1,100 more people than measured during the decennial census in 2020.

The 2020 Census counted 206,518 people living in Worcester as of April 1, 2020, bounding above the 181,045 residents recorded during the count in 2010. The previous population high mark was in 1950, when about 203,000 people called Worcester home.

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Worcester will also easily keep its title as the second-largest city in New England. Third-largest Providence actually lost about 150 people, according to the new estimates. Boston also lost a significant share of residents, dropping from 678,617 in 2020 to about 653,000 in 2023. Springfield and Hartford, Conn., also lost residents.

The new Census figures show that Worcester’s population declined following the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping just under 206,000 in 2021 and 2022. According to the Census bureau, cities with populations of 50,000 or more grew by an average of 0.2% in the Northeast. Those include Portland, Maine, New Haven, Conn., and Stamford, Conn.

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