Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the Northeast United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, Vermont and New Hampshire to the north. To the east is the Atlantic Ocean.
Population estimate in 2008- 6,497,967 people.
Top 10 attractions in our state.
Boston Duck Tours
Worcester Art Museum
Old Sturbridge Village
Arts Dune Tours
The Butterfly Place
What you should know about our state.
According to the US Census Bureau, Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in the country with 2.2 divorces per 1000 people.
Although the Library of Congress contains the most volumes in the country at more than 29,550,000, Harvard University‘s Library is second with more than 15,000,000 and the Boston Public Library is third with more than 14,000,000.
Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, first demonstrated it in Boston in 1876. The first telephone line was
installed in a home in Somerville, next door to the current residence of Congressman Capuano.
Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in Springfield.
Volleyball was invented in 1895 by William Morgan in Holyoke.
The first public school system was founded in Boston in 1635 and Boston Latin was our country's first public school.
The Mather School in Dorchester was founded in 1639 as the first public elementary school.
When you take a stroll on the Boston Common, you are visiting the nation's first public park, established in 1634.
State Folk Hero Johnny Appleseed was designated the official folk hero of the Commonwealth on August 2, 1996.
State Bird The Black-Capped Chickadee was adopted as the State Bird by the Massachusetts Legislature on March 21, 1941.
State Fish The Cod. A soft-finned fish, usually 10-20 lbs.
State Flower The Mayflower also commonly known as the ground laurel or trailing arbutus, was adopted as the official flower of the Commonwealth by the General Court on May 1, 1918.
State Muffin The schoolchildren of Massachusetts petitioned for the Corn Muffin, a staple of New England cooking, and the Legislature made it official in 1986.
State Beverage Cranberry Juice was named the beverage of the Commonwealth on May 4, 1970.
State Cookie The Chocolate Chip Cookie was designated the official cookie of the Commonwealth on July 9, 1997.
History 1960- 2007
(1960) John F. Kennedy became U. S. President (1961) First nuclear-powered surface vessel launched at Quincy (1963) President John F. Kennedy assassinated (1966) Edward W. Brooke first black elected to U. S. Senate (1974) Federal Court ordered integration of Boston schools; whites held boycotts and demonstrations against integrated busing program (1985) Harvard University celebrated 350th anniversary (1987) Construction began on "Big Dig" in Boston (1988) George H.W. Bush became U. S. President (2004) Boston Red Sox won World Series (2006) Legislature enacted first plan in U. S. for Massachusetts citizens to receive universal health insurance coverage (2007) Water leaks in new tunnels of "Big Dig" caused ceiling collapse, killed one; Boston Red Sox won World Series
Although Massachusetts is a relatively small state,
there are significant climatic differences between its
eastern and western sections. The entire state has
cold winters and moderately warm summers, but the Berkshires in the west have both the coldest
winters and the coolest summers. The normal January temperature in Pittsfield in the Berkshires is 22°F (–6°C), while the normal July temperature is 68°F (20°C). The interior lowlands are several degrees warmer in both winter and summer; the normal July temperature is 71°F (22°C). The coastal sections are the warmest areas of the state; the normal January temperature for Boston is 30°F (–1°C), and the normal July temperature is 74°F (23°C).
Recommended Hotels &Restaurants
John Carver Inn
Boston Harbor Hotel
Ball Square Café
Golden Temple Restaurant
The Ventana Room
Most common languages in Massachusetts
Patriot’s day is only celebrated in Massachusetts and Maine. It occurs every April 20 th . It celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Pictures and information Capitol: Boston State abbreviation/Postal: code Mass./MA Governor: Deval Patrick, D (to Jan. 2011) Lieut. Governor: Timothy Murray, D (to Jan. 2011) Senators: John F. Kerry, D (to Jan. 2015); Paul Kirk Jr., D (interim to Jan. 2010) US Representatives: 10 Historical Biographies of Congress: Secy. of the Commonwealth: peace, but peace only under liberty) William F. Galvin, D (to Jan. 2011) Treasurer: Timothy P. Cahill, D (to Jan. 2011) Present constitution drafted: 1780 (oldest U.S. state constitution in effect today) Entered Union: (ranks) Feb. 6, 1788 (6) Motto: By the sword we seek