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Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Banner o Massachusetts State seal o Massachusetts
Banner Seal
Nickname(s): The Bay State
Motto(s): Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin)
By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
State sang(s): "All Hail to Massachusetts"
Cairt o the Unitit States wi Massachusetts heichlichtit
Offeecial leid Inglis[1]

Bay Stater (offeecial)[2] Massachusite (tradeetional)[3][4]

Massachusettsian (archaic)[5]
Caipital Boston
Lairgest ceety capital
Lairgest metro Greater Boston
Aurie Ranked 44t
 • Tot 10,555[6] sq mi
(27,336 km2)
 • Width 183 miles (295 km)
 • Lenth 113 miles (182 km)
 • % watter 25.7
 • Latitude 41° 14′ N tae 42° 53′ N
 • Longitude 69° 56′ W tae 73° 30′ W
Population Ranked 15t[7]
 • Tot 6,794,422 (2015 est) [8]
 • Density 840/sq mi  (324/km2)
Ranked 3rd [7]
 • Median hoosehauld income $65,401 (2008) (7t)
 • Heichest pynt Mount Greylock[9][10]
3,489 ft (1063.4 m)
 • Mean 500 ft  (150 m)
 • Lawest pynt Atlantic Ocean
sea level
Afore statehuid Province of Massachusetts Bay
Admission to Union 6 Februar 1788 (6t)
Govrenor Charlie Baker (R)
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (R)
Legislatur General Court
 • Upper hoose Senate
 • Lawer hoose Hoose o Representatives
U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D)
Ed Markey (D)
U.S. Hoose delegation 9 Democrats (leet)
Time zone Eastren: UTC -5/-4
ISO 3166 US-MA
Abbreviations MA, Mass.
Massachusetts state seembols
Ainimal an Plant insignia
Bird(s) Black-cappit chickadee,[11] wild turkey[12][13]
Fish Cod[13][14]
Flouer(s) Mayflower[13][15]
Insect Ladybug[13][16]
Mammal(s) Richt whaul,[17] Morgan horse,[18] Tabby cat,[19] Boston Terrier[20]
Reptile Garter snake[13][21]
Tree American elm[13][22]
Inanimate insignia
Beverage Cranberry juice[13][23]
Colours Blue, green, cranberry[13][24]
Dance Square dance[13][25]
Fuid Cranberry,[26] corn muffin,[13][27] navy bean,[28] Boston cream pie,[29] chocolate chip cookie,[30] Boston cream doughnut[31]
Fossil Dinosaur Tracks[32]
Gemstane Rhodonite[13][33]
Mineral Babingtonite[13][34]
Poem "Blue Hills of Massachusetts"[13][35]
Rock Rolling Rock[13][36]
Shell New England Neptune, Neptunea lyrata decemcostata[13][39]
Ship(s) Schooner Ernestina [13]
Slogan(s) Make It Yours,
The Spirit of America [37]
Sile Paxton[13]
Sang(s) "All Hail to Massachusetts"[13]
Sport Basketball[38]
Route merker(s)
Massachusetts Route Merker
State Quarter
Quarter of Massachusetts
Released in 2000[40]
Leets o Unitit States state seembols

Massachusetts is the maist populous state in the New Ingland region o the northeastren Unitit States. It is mairchit bi the Atlantic Ocean tae the east, the states o Connecticut an Rhode Island tae the sooth, New Hampshire an Vermont tae the north, an New York tae the wast. The state is named efter the Massachusett tribe, that ance inhabitit the east side o the aurie, an is ane o the original thirteen states. The caipital o Massachusetts is Boston, that is an aw the maist populous ceety in New Ingland. Ower 80% o Massachusetts's population leeves in the Greater Boston metropolitan aurie, a region influential upon American history, academia, an industry.[41] Oreeginally dependent on agricultur, fishin an tred,[42] Massachusetts wis transformed intae a manufacturin centre in the Industrial Revolution.[43] In the 20t century, Massachusetts's economy shiftit frae manufacturin tae services.[44] Modren Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, ingineerin, heicher eddication, finance, an maritime tred.[45]

Plymouth wis the steid o the first colony in New Ingland, foondit in 1620 bi the Pilgrims, passengers o the Mayflower. In 1692, the toun o Salem an surroondin auries experienced ane o Americae's maist infamous cases o mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials.[46] In 1777, General Henry Knox foondit the Springfield Armory, that in the Industrial Revolution catalysed numerous important technological advances, includin interchyngeable pairts.[47] In 1786, Shays' Rebellion, a populist revolt led bi disaffectit American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the Unitit States Constitutional Convention.[48] In the 18t century, the Protestant First Great Awakenin, that soopit the Atlantic World, oreeginatit frae the poupit o Northampton preacher Jonathan Edwards.[49] In the late 18t century, Boston becam kent as the "Cradle of Liberty"[50] for the agitation thare that led tae the American Revolution.

The entire Commonweel o Massachusetts haes played a pouerfu commercial an cultural role in the history o the Unitit States. Afore the American Ceevil War, Massachusetts wis a centre for the abolitionist, temperance,[51] an transcendentalist[52] movements.[53] In the late 19t century, the sports o basketbaw an volleybaw war inventit in the wastren Massachusetts ceeties o Springfield an Holyoke, respectively.[54][55] In 2004, Massachusetts becam the first U.S. state tae legally recognise same-sex mairiage as a result o the deceesion in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health bi the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Coort.[56] Mony prominent American poleetical dynasties hae hailed frae the state, includin the Adams an Kennedy faimilies. Harvard Varsity in Cambridge is the auldest institution o heicher learnin in the Unitit States,[57] wi the lairgest financial endoument o ony varsity,[58] an Harvard Law School haes eddicatit a contemporaneous majority o Juistices o the Supreme Coort o the Unitit States.[59] Kendall Square in Cambridge haes been cried "the maist innovative squerr mile on the planet", in reference to the heich concentration o entrepreneurial stairt-ups an quality o innovation that hae emerged in the vicinity o the squerr syne 2010.[60][61] Baith Harvard Varsity an the Massachusetts Institute o Technology, an aw in Cambridge, hae been ranked amang the maist heichly regairdit academic institutions in the warld.[62] Massachusetts' public schuil students place amang the tap naitions in the warld in academic performance,[63] an the state haes been ranked as ane o the tap states in the naition for ceetizens tae leeve, as weel as ane o the maist expensive.[64]

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