Worcester, with a population of approximately 175,000, is the second largest city in New England. It is situated in central Massachusetts, about an hour from Boston and three hours from New York City. It has recently been recognized as one of the ten most livable cities in the U.S. by Forbes magazine and has been named one of CNN's Money 100 Best Places to Live and Launch.
Worcester was first incorporated in 1722. It was a national center of innovation and activity during the American industrial revolution, and played a part in the Revolutionary War and the woman's and African American suffrage movements.
A broad mix of immigrants from Armenian to French-Canadian to Vietnamese have lent their distinctive cultures to the city. Current distinguishing cultural assets include the Worcester Art Museum, Higgins Armory, the Worcester Tornadoes baseball team, Mechanics Hall, the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra's Tuckerman Hall, Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts, a 400-acre Audubon Society sanctuary, the Ecotarium and a vibrant and varied Restaurant Row. Old Sturbridge Village and the Worcester Horticultural Society's Tower Hill Botantic Garden are within easy driving.
Clark University is also part of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts, an organization of public and private colleges and universities in central Massachusetts.