Massachusetts, US

Massachusetts: State of the United States of America

About

Massachusetts is a historic New England state located in the northeastern United States. It played a major role in the American Revolution and became the 6th state admitted to the Union in 1788.

History and Culture

Massachusetts has a rich history dating back to the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620. The Massachusetts Bay Colony was founded in 1630. Boston became known as the Cradle of Liberty for early revolutionary activities opposing British rule.

Historical attractions include the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and Plimoth Patuxent. Massachusetts has prestigious universities, world-renowned medical facilities, and vibrant artistic and cultural institutions.

Geography and Climate

Massachusetts covers 10,554 square miles. It is bordered by Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and the Atlantic Ocean. The varied landscape includes islands, coastal areas around Cape Cod, forests, mountains and fertile farmland in the Connecticut River Valley.

The climate is humid continental with cold winters and warm humid summers.

Economy and Industry

Massachusetts has a thriving knowledge-based economy centered around education, biotechnology and financial services. Major industries include information technology, health care and tourism. The state is home to many top companies such as General Electric, Raytheon, and MassMutual Insurance.

An economic hub, Massachusetts has two major seaports in Boston and New Bedford along with Worcester Regional Airport. The state invests heavily in education from top universities to public schools.

Government and Politics

Boston is the state capital and largest city. The current governor is Charlie Baker, a Republican. Massachusetts has reliably voted Democratic in recent presidential elections.

In summary, Massachusetts is an historic, economically robust state known for playing a significant early role in American independence. It continues to carry influence today through education, biotech and finance.

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Location of Massachusetts

Quick Facts about Massachusetts

Population : 6,893,574
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of Massachusetts
Twitter username : massgov
Area : 27336 km2
Water as percent of area : 26.1%
Land as percent of area : 73.9%
Continent : North America
Legislative body : Massachusetts General Court
Named for : Great Blue Hill
Official language : English
Altitude : 492 feet / 150 meters
Capital : Boston
Establishment : February 02, 1788 (236 years ago)
Time Zone : America/New_York, Eastern Time Zone
Local time : 00:06:15 (15th June 2024)
Seal of Massachusetts seal image
Seal of Massachusetts
Seal of Massachusetts seal image

Geography

Massachusetts is located at 42°21'56"N 71°6'30"W (42.3656500, -71.1083200). It has 5 neighbors: Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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The largest city of Massachusetts is Boston with a population of 691,531. Other cities include, Worcester population 184,570, Springfield population 152,646, Cambridge population 119,192 and Lowell population 110,904. See all Massachusetts cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in Massachusetts (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Massachusetts.

City Name Title County Population
Boston The twenty-first most populous city in the United States and the center of the Boston metropolitan area. Suffolk 691,531
South Boston Town in Halifax County, Virginia, United States Suffolk 571,281
Worcester The second most populous city in Massachusetts. Worcester 184,570
Springfield The fourth most populous city in Massachusetts. Hampden 152,646
Cambridge The most populous city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Middlesex 119,192
Lowell The third most populous city in Massachusetts. Middlesex 110,904
City of Lowell The third most populous city in Massachusetts. Middlesex 109,945
City of Cambridge City in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States Middlesex 107,289
Brockton The second most populous city in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Plymouth 95,770
New Bedford The second most populous city in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Bristol 95,517
Lynn The third most populous city in Essex County, Massachusetts. Essex 94,539
Quincy A city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Norfolk 94,421
Fall River The most populous city in Bristol County, Massachusetts. Bristol 89,792
Newton The most populous city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Middlesex 87,803
Somerville A city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Middlesex 80,935
Lawrence The third most populous city in Massachusetts. Essex 80,007

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Massachusetts has 5 neighbours.

  • Connecticut state in the northeastern United States
  • New Hampshire state of the United States of America
  • New York state of the United States of America
  • Rhode Island state on east coast of United States of America
  • Vermont state of the United States of America

  • Norfolk County
  • Plymouth County
  • Hampshire County
  • Barnstable County
  • Dukes County
  • Berkshire County
  • Worcester County
  • Hampden County
  • Nantucket County
  • Suffolk County
  • Essex County
  • Middlesex County
  • Bristol County
  • Franklin County

Demographics

Year Population % Change Method
1910 3,366,416 - census
1920 3,852,356 12.61% census
1930 4,249,614 9.35% census
1940 4,316,721 1.55% census
1950 4,690,514 7.97% census
1960 5,148,578 8.9% census
1970 5,689,170 9.5% census
1980 5,737,037 0.83% census
1990 6,016,425 4.64% census
2000 6,349,097 5.24% census
2010 6,547,629 3.03% census
2011 6,613,583 1% estimation process
2012 6,663,005 0.74% estimation process
2013 6,713,315 0.75% estimation process
2014 6,762,596 0.73% estimation process
2015 6,794,228 0.47% estimation process
2016 6,823,608 0.43% estimation process
2017 6,859,789 0.53% estimation process
2018 6,882,635 0.33% estimation process
2019 6,892,503 0.14% estimation process
2020 6,893,574 0.02% estimation process

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People born in Massachusetts (200)

People born in Massachusetts, including author, columnist and reporter Robert Cormier, harpsichordist and musicologist Ralph Kirkpatrick, computer scientist; creator of Morris Worm; associate professor at MIT Robert Tappan Morris, .

List

Massachusetts Counties

Middlesex County
Middlesex County

Middlesex County, county in Massachusetts, United States

Worcester County
Worcester County

Worcester County, county in Massachusetts, United States

Suffolk County
Suffolk County

Suffolk County, county in Massachusetts, United States

County Name Population
Middlesex County 1,609,379
Worcester County 829,212
Suffolk County 801,582
Essex County 791,263
Norfolk County 709,409
Bristol County 566,765
Plymouth County 523,738
Hampden County 463,986
Barnstable County 213,164
Hampshire County 161,401
Berkshire County 124,571
Franklin County 70,267
Dukes County 17,461
Nantucket County 11,376

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