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Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

Everyone knows Worcester has a great college scene, and a new ranking says that the city is also one of the Best Small Cities in the US for college graduates.

Credit Donkey, a website dedicated to "Life After College," named the "Best Small Cities for College Grads" this week, and Worcester ranked #7 in the nation. Looking at metropolitan areas with populations between 400,000 and 1 million, Credit Donkey "considered three factors that affect the attractiveness of a location for a new college graduate: median income, the local wage premium for a college degree, and cost of living."

With a median Income of $41,260, a "College Premium" of  56.1%, and a cost of living index of 91.8, Worcester did best because of its relatively low cost of living. The best city for grads? Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, followed by Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT at #2, Bakersfield-Delano, CA at #3, Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY at #4, and Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL at #5.

Read more about Worcester's latest rankings, below.

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#7 for College Grads

Credit Donkey, a website dedicated to "Life After College," named Worcester the #7 Best Small City for College Grads in May 2013. "Not far from Boston, but much, much less expensive, Worcester has a median income that’s about average for the cities we looked at, but residents can expect to save more of their money thanks to a fairly low cost of living," according to Credit Donkey. "The area’s employers also pay a premium of 56 percent to college graduates compared with high school grads."

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#36 For Sugar Daddies

When the top sugar daddy cities in America were released by seekingarrangement.com in April 2013, the "sugar daddy blog" -- Worcester came in at #36.

According to Seeking Arrangement, the latest numbers show that there's roughly 1.65 sugar daddies per every thousand men in the Worcester area.  44% are married, and 43 years old is the average age.

The Worcester sugar daddy earns $367,028 per year and spends $3675 monthly on his sugar babies.

Read more about Worcester's sugar daddies, here.

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#50 For Young Adults

A national released in April 2013 study found that Worcester ranks better than many of its peer cities in New England for young adults--at #50 nationally.

The study issued by the Business Journals across the United States ranked 102 cities. In Worcester's favor, it's a great location for universities and colleges. Clark, Assumption, WPI, Becker, Worcester State, Anna Maria, Holy Cross, Tufts Vet School, MCPHS, Nichols, and so many more.

The problem is the start-up community is small so some of the big ideas emerging from WPI and others set up shop in Boston.

Read more about the study, here.

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#319 For Safety

Worcester was ranked the 319th safest city in the country in March, 2013, with a score of 65.65 on the 2013 City Crime Rate Rankings from CQ Press, ranking above Boston in 333rd, with a score of 76.87, and Springfield in 384th, with a score of 129.98.

CQ Press ranked a total of 432 cities with populations of at least 75,000 residents. The scores represent a composite of instances of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. According to CQ Press, negative scores indicate a composite crime number below the national rate, while positive scores are above the national rate.

Read more about Worcester's safety ranking, here.

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#1 Snowiest City

It was the talk of Central Mass. when Worcester was named the snowiest city in America in March, 2013, topping the country's list with 108.9 inches.

GoldenSnowGlobe.com keeps track of the nation’s cities (with populations over 100,000), in competition for their annual Golden Snow Globe award.

Worcester held the top spot with this year’s total well over the second city. Syracuse took the number two spot, coming in with 96.5 inches.

Read more about Worcester's snow win, here.

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#1 For Young Singles

There was good news for some Worcester area singles on Valentine's Day 2013. It turned out that there's a pretty good chance the Heart of the Commonwealth holds the key to your heart if you're looking for a woman under 35.

According to online real estate marketplace Zillow and its first "In the Move for Love Index," Worcester is the #1 city for men seeking women age 35 and under, and it's also the #1 city for for women seeking women age 35 and under. When it comes to men seeking men age 35 and under, Worcester comes in at #4.

Read more about Worcester's love connection, here.

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#50 Competitive Metro

Worcester beat out six other New England metro areas in competitiveness rankings released in November, 2012 by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) comparing job growth since 2010.

The area was boosted by better-than-expected job growth in several sectors, earning Worcester the 50th spot on the list composed of the 100 most populous metro areas in the country.

While Worcester's growth was not stellar, the city and its suburbs still outpaced the other major metro areas in New England in its economic recovery.

Read more about Worcester's performance, here.

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#62 For Seniors

Worcester was named the #62 city in the US for seniors in August 2012, according to the latest Best Cities for Successful Aging Index from the Milken Institute. The index assesses 78 indicators in 8 subcategories to derive its rankings, which were released this week.

"There have been aging rankings before, often based on opinion and speculation, or focused on a limited aspect of aging," according to the Institute's introduction to its rankings. "But the Milken Institute's data-driven approach represents a deeper level of analysis."

To read more about Worcester's senior appeal, go here.

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#1 For Commute Time

Drivers in Worcester waste less time on the road than commuters in any other metropolitan city, a May, 2012, traffic congestion report showed.

The INRIX Index, an annual study of traffic congestion, showed that for 2011, drivers wasted only 11.7 hours sitting in traffic all year, compared with the 51.2 hours for Honolulu, the city ranked as the most congested.

In Boston, which was ranked as the country’s 9th most congested city, drivers spend more than 30 hours in traffic.

To read more about Worcester's traffic (or lack thereof), go here.

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#10 For Raising A Family

Affordable housing and a low cost of living earned Worcester a top ten spot on Forbes.com’s recent list of Best Cities to Raise a Family in April 2012, putting it well above most of America’s 100 largest metro areas.

Besides being an inexpensive city, Worcester’s proximity to Boston and Hartford and neighboring cities like Marlborough, Shrewsbury and Boxborough helped the city gain its top spot.

To read more about Worcester's ranking, go here.

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Worcester's Hanover #30

Pollstar ranked The Hanover Theatre in Worcester #33 out of the top 50 theaters in the world in April, 2012.

Hanover Theatre is the latest, and arguably one of the most successful incarnations of the building originally known as the Franklin Square Theater, which was built in 1904. It later became known as the Grand Theater. Major additions and changes were made to the building in 1925. In 1967, it was converted into Showcase Cinemas owned by National Amusements Inc. The movie theater was successful for years, before closing in late 1990s.

Read more about Worcester's theater kudos, here.

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Top 20 Competitive Metro

News that the Worcester metropolitan area was among the 20 strongest-recovering metros in the nation in March, 2012, didn’t come as a big surprise to many here in the city.

The area has long been championed as being ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative practices.

The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a Washington-based, nonprofit public policy organization, cited the area’s high-tech industry as a major factor in helping to recover from the recession faster than many of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.

The Worcester area was also one of just a handful to make a complete jobs recovery by the third quarter of 2011, according to the report.

Read more about the ranking, here.

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#1 Access To Healthcare

A March, 2012, study conducted by Commonwealth Fund found Worcester tied with Boston for having the best access to health care across the country.

The study called, Rising to the Challenge: Results from a Scorecard on Local Health Performance, ranked Worcester #21 overall against the other 206 Hospital Referral Regions (HRR), which are areas that represent a regional market for care and does not align with county or state boundaries.

The lead researcher on the study, David Radley, said they measured access of care largely on affordability. Radley, said, “Because the vast majority of Worcester residents have health insurance they were able to afford their care. 93% of adults in Worcester reported no cost-related problem seeing a doctor when they needed to within the past year.”

Read more about how Worcester did on other measures, here.

 
 

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