Massachusetts State Facts and Symbols

Massachusetts became the 6th state in 1788 and is the 15th largest state by population with over 6.8 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, a state map, the state song and views of the Massachusetts State Quarter.



Massachusetts State Flag

Massachusetts State Flag


Massachusetts State Facts

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



Massachusetts State Map:

(Click or tap for a larger view)

Massachusetts State Map


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




Massachusetts State Quarter

Massachusetts State Quarter - FrontMassachusetts State Quarter - Back

United States Mint 50 State Quarters© Program coin:
(United States Mint Images)





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