Established as a town in 1722, Worcester has had a front-row seat to everything from the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Massachusetts in 1776 to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century to the first-ever National Women's Rights Convention in 1850.

Like many former urban manufacturing hubs, Worcester has undergone a transformation in recent years. A renewed interest in the downtown area has brought new investment and construction, and today Worcester is a leader in healthcare, education, biotechnology, IT, and financial services––perfect for finding an internship, beginning a professional career, or launching a new business.

Worcester history

Did you know?

  • When WPI was founded in 1865, Worcester was a bustling manufacturing center known for producing textiles, wire products, and other goods.
  • The iconic “smiley face” was created in Worcester by native graphic artist Harvey Ball in 1963.
  • Frederick Law Olmstead, the famed architect of Boston’s Emerald Necklace and Central Park in New York City, designed Worcester’s Elm Park, which many consider to be America’s first public park.
  • The ballpoint pen, candlepin bowling, and Shredded Wheat were developed in Worcester.

Melting Pot

Immigrant workers flocked to Worcester in the 19th century, and their influence is still felt in the city’s diverse, tight-knit neighborhoods, many of which still feature the three-decker homes that were common at the turn of the century. Thirteen area colleges––and their many international students––also contribute to Worcester’s melting pot.