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Massachusetts

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Location of Massachusetts State


Capital: Boston

Population: 6,646,144 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)

Major Cities: Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, New Bedford

Borders: Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Atlantic Ocean

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $403,823 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)

Key Industries:
Electronics and computers, granite, fishing, insurance and financial services, biotechnology, and tourism

How Massachusetts got its name: The name comes from the Native American Algonquian language. It means big hill place.

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Massachusetts State Symbols

State Nickname: Bay State

State Slogan: Make It Yours; The Spirit of America (on its license plate)

State Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

State flower: Mayflower

State bird: Black-capped Chickadee

State fish: Atlantic cod

State tree: Elm

State mammal: Right whale, Boston Terrier, Morgan horse

State foods: Corn Muffin, Baked Navy Bean, Boston Cream Pie, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Becoming a State

Date admitted: Wednesday, February 6, 1788

Number admitted: 6

Prior Name: Province of Massachusetts Bay, then sovereign state in Confederation

Postal Abbreviation: MA

Massachusetts State Map


The Geography of Massachusetts

Total Size: 7,840 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)

Geographical Low Point: Atlantic Ocean at Sea Level (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Geographical High Point: Mt. Greylock at 3,491 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Berkshire (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Central Point: Located in Worcester County approx. North part of City of Worcester (source: U.S. Geological Survey)

Counties: 14 (source: National Association of Counties)

Bodies of Water: Atlantic Ocean, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Bay, Nantucket Sound, Charles River, Merrimack River, Connecticut River, Quabbin Reservoir

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