Historical marker in Worcester, MA
Historical marker in Worcester, MA

Central Massachusetts is the geographically central region of Massachusetts. Though definitions vary, most include all of Worcester County and the northwest corner of Middlesex County. Worcester, the largest city in the area and the seat of Worcester County, is often considered the cultural capital of the region. Other populous cities include Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, and arguably Marlborough.[1][2]

The region is mostly wooded and hilly upland, in contrast to the Atlantic coastal plain to the east and the Connecticut River valley lowland to the west. The geographic center of Massachusetts is located in the town of Rutland.[citation needed]

The term is seldom used in eastern Massachusetts, where Worcester and points west are instead regarded as part of Western Mass.[citation needed]


The Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) runs through the southern part of Worcester County. Other interstate highways in the area are I-190, I-290, I-395, and I-495 on the eastern edge. Route 2 is another major east–west highway that spans the northern part of Worcester County. Other significant thoroughfares include Route 9, Route 146, and U.S. Route 20.

See also


  1. ^ www.discovercentralma.org https://www.discovercentralma.org/. Retrieved 2020-12-26. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Central Massachusetts Area | Mass.gov". www.mass.gov. Retrieved 2020-12-26.