Facts About Massachusetts



Facts About Massachusetts


Massachusetts is one of the 50 states that form the American union. This state has an area of 10,555 square miles. Its capital and its largest city is Boston. Massachusetts has borders with the states of Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Massachusetts entered the Union in February 6, 1788 and became the 6th state.

  • State Flag:

  • State Motto: "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem"; translated as, "By the sword we seek Peace, but Peace only under Liberty"

  • State Abbreviation: MA

  • State Name of Residents: Massachusettsans

  • State Nickname: Bay State

  • State Colors: Blue, Green and Cranberry

  • State Song: All Hail to Massachusetts

  • State Folk Dance: Square Dance

  • State Tree: American elm (Ulmus Americana)

  • State Flower: Mayflower; also called the ground laurel or trailing arbutus(Epigaea regens)

  • State Bean: Navy Bean

  • State Horse: Morgan horse

  • State Dog: Boston terrier

  • State Cat: Tabby cat

  • State Game Bird: Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

  • State Bird: Black-Capped Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus)

  • State Fish: Cod

  • State Marine Mammal: Right whale

  • State Seashell: New England Neptune (Neptuna lyrata decemcostata)

  • State Insect: Ladybug (ladybird beetle)

  • State Rock: Roxbury Puddingstone

  • State Gem: Rhodonite

  • State Mineral: Babingtonite

  • State Fossil: Dinosaur (theropod) tracks

  • State Historical Rock: Plymouth Rock

  • State Building Rock: Granite

  • State Explorer Rock: Dighton Rock

  • State Soil: Paxton Soil Series

  • State Folk Hero: Johnny Appleseed

  • State Heroine: Deborah Samson

  • State Beverage: Cramberry Juice

  • State Muffin: Corn muffin

  • State Dessert: Boston cream pie

  • State Cookie: Chocolate chip cookie

  • State Major Rivers: Charles River, Connecticut River, Merrimack River

  • State Major Lakes: Quabbin Reservoir

  • State Highest Point: Mt. Greylock - 3,491 feet (1,064 m) above sea level

  • State Name Origin: Massachusetts was named for an Algonquian Indian word that means "a big hill place."

  • State Largest Cities:
    * Boston * South Boston * Worcester * Springfield * Lowell * Cambridge * Brockton * New Bedford * Fall River * Plymouth *

  • State Number of Counties: 14

  • Counties of Massachusetts

  • Massachusetts County Map




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