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Massachusetts Facts

  • U.S. State: Massachusetts
  • Abbreviation: MA
  • Joined the USA: February 6th, 1788 (6th State)
  • Located: Northeastern United States
  • Capital City: Boston, MA
  • Most Populated City: Boston, MA

34 Massachusetts Facts for Kids

  1. Massachusetts is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Massachusetts became a U.S. State on Wednesday, February 6th, 1788.
  3. Massachusetts was the 6th state to join the United States.
  4. The U.S. state of Massachusetts covers 10,565 square miles.
  5. Massachusetts is the 44th largest state by area in the United States.
  6. In 2019, the population of Massachusetts was estimated to be 6,893,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. In 2019, Massachusetts was the 15th most populated state in the United States.
  8. A person who is from or lives in Massachusetts is called a Massachusettsan or a Bay Stater.
  9. The capital city of Massachusetts is Boston.
  10. The seven most populated cities in Massachusetts are Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge, New Bedford, Brockton and Quincy.
  11. The largest city by population in Massachusetts is Boston.
  12. The largest metropolitan area in Massachusetts is the Greater Boston metropolitan area.
  13. The U.S. state of Massachusetts has 14 counties.
  14. The most populated county in Massachusetts is Middlesex County with 1,612.000 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  15. The largest county by area in Massachusetts is Worcester County with 1,513 square miles.
  16. The highest elevation point in Massachusetts is Mount Greylock at 3,489 feet above sea level.
  17. The lowest elevation point in Massachusetts is the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean at sea level.
  18. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Massachusetts is 48.4 inches.
  19. Massachusetts is the 12th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  20. The average temperature in Massachusetts is 48.1 °F.
  21. Massachusetts is the 36th warmest state in the United States.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was 107 °F on August 2nd, 1975.
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was -40 °F on January 22nd, 1984.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Massachusetts are hurricanes, ice storms and nor’easters.
  25. Massachusetts is in one time zone, Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. Massachusetts is also known as the Bay State or the Old Colony State.
  27. The first battle of the American Revolutionary War was fought in Massachusetts.
  28. The USPS abbreviation for Massachusetts is MA.
  29. The official state flower for Massachusetts is the Mayflower (Epigaea repens).
  30. The official state tree for Massachusetts is the American Elm (Ulmus americana).
  31. The official state insect for Massachusetts is the ladybug (Coccinellidae).
  32. The official state fish for Massachusetts is the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua).
  33. The official state bird for Massachusetts is the black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus).
  34. The official state gemstone for Massachusetts is rhodonite.

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