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'''Central Massachusetts''' is the geographically central region of [[Massachusetts]]. Though definitions vary, most include all of [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester County]] and the northwest corner of [[Middlesex County, Massachusetts|Middlesex County]]. [[Worcester, Massachusetts|Worcester]], the largest city in the area and the seat of Worcester County, is often considered the cultural capital of the region. Other major cities include [[Leominster, Massachusetts|Leominster]] and [[Fitchburg, Massachusetts|Fitchburg]].
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, Massachusetts|Rutland]].
The [[Massachusetts Turnpike]] ([[Interstate 90]]) runs through the southern part of Worcester County. Other interstate highways in the area are [[Interstate 190 (Massachusetts)|I-190]], [[Interstate 290 (Massachusetts)|I-290]], [[Interstate 395 (Massachusetts)|I-395]], and [[Interstate 495 (Massachusetts)|I-495]] on the eastern edge. [[Massachusetts Route 2|Route 2]] is another major east-west highway that spans the northern part of Worcester County. Other significant thoroughfares include [[Massachusetts Route 9|Route 9]], [[Massachusetts Route 146|Route 146]], and [[U.S. Route 20]].