| LIFE AT WSU | Worcester Living
A Most Livable CityWorcester—often referred to as The Big Woo—is indeed big, both in area and in stature. The second largest city in Massachusetts and one of the most vibrant cities in the Northeast, Worcester is home to a burgeoning enterprise hub, an award-winning brewery, a robust health-care and biotech scene, and an expanding airport that accommodates all this activity. Worcester native Harvey Ball is said to have invented the “smiley face.” Not surprising, given that Worcester ranks 9th on Forbes magazine's list of “America’s Most Livable Cities.” The Heart of the Big WooWorcester is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) west of Boston and 38 miles (61 km) east of Springfield. The city is known as the “Heart of the Commonwealth” because of its location in the center of Massachusetts. In fact, a heart is the official symbol of the city. But what makes The Big Woo distinct? Here are just a few of the characteristics that combine to give this city its out-sized personality. Want to know more about The Big Woo?