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Capital City:

Boston

Statehood:

February 6, 1788 (6th)

Population:

6,183,000

Nickname:

Bay State / Old Colony State

Motto:

Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate quietem (By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty)

Origin of State Name:

Named after local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill place."

Counties:

14

Largest Cities:

Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, New Bedford

Border States:

Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Land Area:

7,826 sq. mi.; 45th largest

Highest Point:

Mt. Greylock, 3,487 ft.

Lowest Point:

Atlantic Ocean, sea level

State Bird:

Black-capped Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus)

State Flower:

Mayflower (epigaea regens)

State Tree:

American Elm (ulmus americana)

State Song:

Hail Massachusetts

State Web Site:

www.state.ma.us


For more websites on Massachusetts check out Massachusetts Links.

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