Massachusetts Facts

Massachusetts Facts
Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. See the fact file below for more information about the state of Massachusetts.
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Capital
Boston

Became a State
February 6, 1788 (6th)

Location
New England region of United States

Area
10,55 sq. miles (44th)

Population
6,547,629 (14th)

Major Cities
Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge, Lowell

Products
seafood, nursery, stock, dairy products, cranberries, tobacco, vegetables

Climate
humid continental: warm summers, cold, snowy winters

Yearly Precipitation
averages 44 inches

Professional Sports Teams
Boston Red Sox (Major League Baseball)
New England Patriots (National Football League)
Boston Celtics (National Basketball Association)
Boston Bruins (National Hockey League)
Boston Cannons (Major League Lacrosse – outdoor)
Boston Blazers (national across League – indoor)
Brockton Rox (Can/Am ProfessionalBaseball)
Worcester Tornadoes (Can/Am Professional Baseball)
Mass Mutiny (National Women’s Football Association)
New England Riptide (National Professional Football)
New England Revolution (Major Soccer League)
Boston Lobster (World Team Tennis)
New England Hurricanes (National Paintball League)

Major Waterways
Atlantic Ocean

Most Famous Citizens
John Adams (U.S. President)
John Quincy Adams (U.S. President)
Louisa May Alcott (author)
Clara Barton (founder of the American Red Cross)
Susan Anthony (reformer)
Luther Burbank (horticulturist)
Bette Davis (actress)
Emily Dickinson (poet)
Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet)
Benjamin Franklin (public official, diplomat, scientist)
John Hancock (merchant, public official)
Eli Whitney (inventor)
Paul Revere (patriot, silversmith)
Edgar Allen Poe (Writer)
Oliver Wendell Holmes (author)
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (U.S. President)
Jack Lemmon (actor)

State Symbols
Bird – Black-capped Chickadee
Flower – Mayflower
Animal – Boston Terrier
Tree – American Elm
Insect – Ladybug