Life in Worcester
Located in Central Massachusetts, approximately 45 miles west of Boston, Worcester is the third largest city in New England. As the hub of economic activity in the area, Worcester and surrounding towns offer ample opportunities for spousal employment in various service industries, including health care, insurance, education, biotechnology and finance. The cost of living in Greater Worcester, particularly shopping and housing, is also very reasonable compared to that of other Northeast cities.
For entertainment, Worcester boasts the historic and acoustically superior Mechanics Hall and Tuckerman Hall, sites of classical music and opera performances, the new Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts with detailed architecture and ornate finishes and provides the perfect backdrop for music and plays, and the DCU Center, one of the country’s most successful arenas for top-draw rock concerts, sports, including the American Hockey League’s Worcester Sharks, and family entertainment events. A wide variety of ethnic restaurants satisfy every taste, as do eclectic cafes and nightclubs featuring live music.
Among the city’s treasures is the Worcester Art Museum, displaying world-class collections spanning 50 centuries; the Higgins Armory, the only museum in the Western Hemisphere to display such a variety of arms and armory; and the Ecotarium, a regional resource for learning about the natural world. For shopping, Worcester boasts numerous specialty shops and boutiques. Worcester’s central location also makes it ideal for visits to favorite New England attractions, including Cape Cod, a 90-minute drive southeast; Newport, Rhode Island, a 60-minute drive southeast; and Boston, a 45-minute drive east. For recreation, near-by Wachusett Mountain State Reservation offers hiking, biking, and Nordic and alpine skiing for all abilities. The majestic mountains and pristine lakes of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are also nearby and accessible for day trips.
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