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Massachusetts Facts and Symbols

Massachusetts became the 6th state in 1788 and is the 15th largest state by population with over 6.5 million residents. It is also the 45th largest state by land and water area with a total area of 10,555 square miles. Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts, is the nation's 21st largest city with a population of approximately 620,000 people.

Massachusetts was one of the original 13 states. It was originally home to Algonquian Indians with the state's name coming from an indian community called Massachusett.

Massachusetts is one of four states which consider themselves to be a Commonwealth. The other three are Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Virginia. A State and a Commonwealth are considered to be the same and equal in regards to their status in the United States of America.

Included below are more facts and symbols, information about the current Massachusetts Governor, a state map, Massachusetts members of the United States 112th Congress with a congressional district map, the state song and more views of the Massachusetts State Quarter.

Massachusetts State Quarter

Massachusetts
State Quarter

(United States Mint Image)

         
 
         
 

Massachusetts State Capital - Boston

Massachusetts Official Name - Commonwealth of Massachusetts

State Nickname - Massachusetts has five nicknames:
Bay State - Old Bay State - Old Colony State - Puritan State - Baked Bean State

State Motto - "Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem"
(By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty)

State Flower - Mayflower (ground laurel or trailing arbutus)

State Tree - American Elm

State Bird - Black-capped Chickadee

State Game Bird - Wild Turkey

State Horse - Morgan Horse

State Fish - Cod

State Insect - Ladybug

State Reptile - Garter Snake

State Marine Mammal - Right Whale

State Dog - Boston Terrier

State Cat - Tabby Cat

State Mineral - Babingtonite

State Gemstone - Rhodonite

State Shell - New England Neptune

State Fossil - The Dinosaur Tracks in Massachusetts

State Soil - Paxton Soil Series

State Rock or Stone - Roxbury Puddingstone

State Historical Rock - Plymouth Rock

State Explorer Rock - Dighton Rock

State Building Rock and Monument Stone - Granite

State Sport - Basketball

State Folk Dance - Square Dancing

State Vessel - The Schooner Ernestina

State Colors - Blue, Green and Cranberry

State Folk Hero - Johnny Appleseed

State Heroine - Deborah Samson

State Beverage - Cranberry Juice

State Dessert - Boston Cream Pie

State Cookie - Chocolate Chip Cookie

State Muffin - Corn Muffin

State Berry - Cranberry

Official State Web Site - www.mass.gov

 
 

Massachusetts State Governor:

Deval Patrick

Offices of the Governor
  Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 280
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617.725.4005
888.870.7770 (in state)
Fax:  617.727.9725
TTY:  617.727.3666

Washington, DC

Office of the Governor
444 N. Capitol Street, Suite 208
Washington, D.C. 20001
Phone: 202.624.7713
Fax:  202.624.7714

 
 

Massachusetts State Map:
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Massachusetts State Map - Click for Larger View

 

Massachusetts State Congressional District Map:

Massachusetts State Congressional District Map

 

Massachusetts Members of the United States Congress (112th Congress)

 

United States Senate (Massachusetts Members):

  Scott P. Brown - (R-MA) John F. Kerry - (D-MA)  
 

United States House of Representatives (Massachusetts Members by District):

 

John W. Olver - 1st

Richard E. Neal - 2nd

James P. McGovern - 3rd

Barney Frank - 4th

Niki Tsongas - 5th

John F. Tierney - 6th

Edward J. Markey - 7th

Michael E. Capuano - 8th

Stephen F. Lynch - 9th

Bill Keating - 10th

 
 

Massachusetts State Song:

"All Hail to Massachusetts"

         
   

Massachusetts State Folk Song:

Massachusetts
By Arlo Guthrie

Like a dream in the night
As the snow settles white
There's a fire burning bright
In Massachusetts
And there's a house upon a hill
That keeps us from the chill
And by the grace of God
We will be in Massachusetts

CHORUS
You can tell me about the times you spent
In the Rockies and on the plains,
Please don't think that I'm the last to say
That there ain't lots of other places
In this world that still remain
Beautiful and unchanged
But they're just not the same
The sun comes up to meet the dawn
And there's a day that must go on
There's another night that's gone
In Massachusetts
And I could spend all of my days
And remain each day amazed
At the way each day is phrased
In Massachusetts

CHORUS
Now if you could only see
I know you would agree
There ain't nowhere else to be
Like Massachusetts
And there's a house upon a hill
That keeps us from the chill
And by the grace of God
We will be in Massachusetts
Come on tell me about the time you spent
In the Rockies and on the plains
And please don't think that I'm the last to say
That there ain't lots of other places
In this world that still remain
Beautiful and unchanged
But they're just not the same as Massachusetts

   
         
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