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August 13, 2021

Worcester is fastest-growing major city in New England

Source: U.S. Census Worcester had the highest growth rate of New England's ten largest cities, according to 2020 Census data.
Source: U.S. Census Worcester population compared with similar cities in the nation
Source: U.S. Census Worcester population compared with other gateway cities in Massachusetts

From 2010 to 2020, Worcester's population grew at a faster rate than any of the other 10 largest cities in New England, according to the U.S. Census, which released the local community data for the 2020 Decennial Census on Thursday.

The city’s population grew 14.07% over the decade to 206,518, almost 25,500 greater than it was in 2010. Worcester remains the second largest city in New England, after Boston. Among the other major cities in Massachusetts, Cambridge grew by 12.59%, Boston by 9.4%, and Springfield 1.87%.

All the counties in Central Massachusetts saw relatively large growth over the decade. Worcester County expanded 7.96%, increasing from 798,552 to 862,111. Middlesex County grew from 1,503,085 to 1,632,002, an 8.58% change, and Norfolk County saw an 8.22% increase from 670,850 to 725,981. 

Source: U.S. Census

Among Central Massachusetts cities and towns, Westborough’s 18% population increase was the largest, jumping from 18,272 to 21,567 residents. 

Natick had the third biggest growth after Westborough and Worcester at 12.12%.

Leominster is still the largest municipality in the region after Worcester, with a population of 43,782. While its population size was almost tied with Fitchburg in 2010, Leominster's growth rate was almost double that of Fitchburg in 2020. Leominster's population grew at 7.5% from 2010 to 2020, while Fitchburg grew 4%.


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August 13, 2021

It would be great to see employment stats lined up with these census stats.

August 13, 2021

Why does the "top 10 list" exclude Manchester (pop 115,644), Lowell (pop 115,554), Quincy (101,636) and others in favor of Nashua?

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