Welcome to Massachusetts
Massachusetts is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States with a population of 6,902,149 people (2018), ranked on the 15th place in the U.S.
The capital city and also the largest city of Massachusetts is Boston. The largest metro is Greater Boston and over 80% of the population of Massachusetts lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area.
Massachusetts is the 7th-smallest state in the United States with an area of 10,555 square miles (27,340 km2) 25.7% of Massachusetts is water.
There are 50 cities and 301 towns in Massachusetts, grouped into 14 counties.
The most familiar nickname of Massachusetts is “The Bay State” and the residents of Massachusetts are called “Bay Staters”
The nickname “The Bay State” is also feautured on the U.S. Mint’s bicentennial commemorative quarter, Massachusetts
Massachusetts is bordering Atlantic Ocean to the east, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north.
The state of Massachusetts has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters.
Frosts in Massachusetts are frequent all winter, even in coastal areas due to prevailing inland winds.
Massachusetts is also vulnerable for tropical storms and hurricanes.
In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage.
In Cambridge, Massachusetts you will find one of the most prestigious universities in the world, Harvard University.
Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and was established in 1636.
Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university.
Massachusetts has been ranked as one of the top states in the United States for citizens to live in and Massachusetts is also one of the most expensive states.
Higher education, information technology, biotechnology, health care, finance, manufacturing and tourism is very important for the Massachusetts economy.
Boston and Cape Cod is popular destinations for tourists in Massachusetts, also Plymouth, the Berkshires and Salem is some of the top ten tourist destination for foreign travelers in Massachusetts.
Martha’s Vineyard is a small island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts that is known for being an affluent summer colony.
Martha’s Vineyard is the 58th largest island in the United States, with a land area of about 96 square miles (250 km2).
On the East Coast of the United States, Martha’s Vineyard is the third-largest island, only Mount Desert Island and Long Island is bigger.
Quick facts about Massachusetts
- Nickname: The Bay State
- Capital city: Boston
- Largest city: Boston
- Area: 10,565 sq mi (27,337 km²) (ranked 44th of 50)
- Population: Est 6,902,149 (2018) (ranked 15 of 50)
- Highest point: Mount Greylock
- Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean
- Latitude: 41° 14′ N to 42° 53′ N
- Longitude: 69° 56′ W to 73° 30′ W
- Bordering states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire