Massachusetts is a state that is well known to most of us. If you haven’t been there yourself you might know the state from a TV show, or maybe someone you know has been there! Or, if you’re like me, you just know the state as, ‘the state with the name you don’t know how to pronounce properly’. Either way, today you’re going to learn about the glorious state of Massachusetts! Sit back, relax, and enjoy your 76 facts about Massachusetts.
Fact 1: While we know this popular state as Massachusetts, the states’ official name is the ‘Commonwealth of Massachusetts’.
Fact 2: Massachusetts is the most populous state in the New England region of northeastern US. New England includes 6 states, these states are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
Fact 3: The state of Massachusetts borders the Atlantic ocean on its east side. This state isn’t the only state to have this privilege though, 14 other states have the Atlantic ocean as one of their borders too. Some of these other states are Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
Fact 4: The capital city of Massachusetts is Boston. Of course, Boston is home to one of the most famous baseball grounds in the US. Yes, I’m talking about Fenway Park! This landmark has been home to the Boston Red Sox since 1912 and has been the subject of a fair few renovations in its time!
Fact 5: Massachusetts borders Connecticut to the south. If that wasn’t fact-full enough for you, how’s about this… Connecticut is where ‘Doc’ from the ‘Back To The Future’ trilogy was born… how’s about that – turns out that state’s pretty epic too then!
Fact 6: If bordering Connecticut wasn’t enough for you, Massachusetts also borders Rhode Island to the south. Did you know that they filmed part of the classic 1974 ‘The Great Gatsby’ in Newport, Rhode Island! Hmm, the hardest part for you to decide is, is it Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio that plays the better Gatsby?
Fact 7: Boston the capital city is also the most densely populated city in New England. An estimated 4.9 million people live in this city!
Fact 8: Massachusetts, yes you guessed it, is bordered by another state as well! This time it’s Vermont to the north. And for all you Friends fans out there, Vermont is the location where Ross and Chandler go on a weekend trip and they ‘steal’ all the toiletries and supplies from the hotel stock cart, because they feel like they’ve been scammed by the hotel!
Fact 9: Historically, the state of Massachusetts was a largely agricultural and fishing driven state. It has a pretty good maritime industry today!
Fact 10: Would you believe it, not only does Massachusetts border some of the most well-known states in the US, but it also borders New Hampshire to the north. New Hampshire is known for its Mount Washington Auto Road. This is a road that stretches 12.2 km and the road lets you gaze upon some out-of-this-world sites!
Fact 11: Today Massachusetts is known for its biotechnology advancement (area in biology that deals with organisms and products), as well as engineering and education. You might be familiar with the ‘University of Massachusetts’, which is basically a university that is split over 5 campuses in the state. Some of these campuses are Amherst, Dartmouth, and Lowell.
Fact 12: Okay, this is the last one. Massachusetts is also bordered by the ever famous New York to the west. To keep running with the Friends theme, this is where the friends live, go to the coffee shop, and it is where most of the series is based!
Fact 13: As with all the other states in the United States of America, Massachusetts had to be admitted into the Union. The state was admitted into the Union on February 6, 1788.
Fact 14: The current Governor of the state of Massachusetts is Charlie Duane Baker Jr. He is actually the 72nd Governor of the state and has been fulfilling this role since January 2015.
Fact 15: Massachusetts was actually the 6th state to be admitted into the Union of the United States of America. The state of Delaware was the first to be admitted in 1787. Hawaii was actually the 50th state to be admitted in 1959.
Fact 16: The state of Massachusetts covers a total area of 27.337k㎡. Alaska is, of course, covers the largest total area in the US, 1,717,856k㎡ of area is covered by Alaska.
Fact 17: The land area of the state of Massachusetts is 20,306 k㎡.
Fact 18: The waters area of Massachusetts is 2.715 k㎡. For comparison, Kansas has about half this amount of water with just 1,346 k㎡ of water in the state.
Fact 19: Massachusetts is 296km long. To give you some perspective, the ever popular ‘Land’s End to John o’Groats’ journey, which is basically the length of the UK, is 1407km. The Uk is roughly 4.7 times longer than the state of Massachusetts!
Fact 20: The state of Massachusetts is 184km wide. To give you an idea of how wide this is, the Great Wall of China is said to be about 21,196.km long, you could fit the width of Massachusetts into the length of this wall about 115 times!
Fact 21: Mount Greylock, is the highest point in the state, and you can find its summit in the western part of Adams, which is a town in Berkshire county.
Fact 22: As of 2019, the state of Massachusetts has a population of 6,939,373 people in total. However, California, Texas, and Florida actually lead the way with the highest populations of all the states in the United States of America!
Fact 23: Massachusetts has 3 flags! A Naval and Maritime flag, a state flag, and a governor’s flag. Did Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler cover any of these in ‘Fun With Flags’? Let us know!
Fact 24: Massachusetts ranks 15th in the list of most populated states in the United States of America. Some of the less populated states in America are Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Fact 25: According to figures the average median household income in this state is $77,385 a year, this is pretty good. This statistic sets Massachusetts in 5th place on the list of best median household incomes in the US. As of 2017, Washington, D.C. has the best median household income rate, $82,372.
Fact 26: You might hear the demonym ‘Bay Stater’ being used here. This is a localised name that is given to people from this state.
Fact 27: English is the language that is spoken here. In fact, according to recent results about 77.7% of the population speak English.
Fact 28: The state bird of Massachusetts is the Black-capped chickadee. It is also not unheard of for the wild turkey to be thought of as the state bird too!
Fact 29: Apart from the English language, other popular languages in this state are Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese. About 9% of the population speak Spanish.
Fact 30: No state is complete without some insignia! According to reports, the cod is another example of Massacutessts insignia!
Fact 31: The Mayflower is the states’ flower! For all you plant lovers out there, the scientific name for this flower is Epigaea repens! Yes, I’m having trouble pronouncing this…
Fact 32: Ladybugs are the ‘insect’ of the state of Massachusetts. These little insects are red in colour with black spots on their bodies!
Fact 33: On May 17, 2004, MAssachustts legalized sam-sex marriages!
Fact 34: The ‘centre’ of Massachusetts is said to be the town of Rutland.
Fact 35: The American Revolutionary War was said to have been initiated by events that happened in Massachusetts. The Battle of Lexington and Concord was said to be a major catalyst in the starting of the Revolution.
Fact 36: The tree of the state is the American elm. It’s other name is the Ulmus americana, which sounds a lot more fancy!
Fact 37: The beverage of choice in Massachusetts is cranberry juice. This drink is pretty nice if you don’t mind the sharp taste. But this drink really isn’t for everyone.
Fact 38: The Square Dance is a fairly popular dance that is danced in Massachusetts! This type of dancing is actually quite common around the world, as it’s based on a lot of folk dancing.
Fact 39: Sadly, in 2013 two bombs exploded near the finishing line of the ever popular Boston Marathon. These bombs claimed the lives of three individuals and over 260 people were injured.
Fact 40: There are 301 towns in the state of Massachusetts. Some of the towns are Alfrod, Leyden, and Oakham.
Fact 41: Interestingly, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was likely to have been named after an indigenous population.
Fact 42: The state of Massachusetts is the 7th smallest state in the US.
Fact 43: The oldest town that is in the state of Massachusetts is Plymouth. Plymouth was incorporated way back in 1620!
Fact 44: Interestingly, before the state of Massachusetts was colonised, it was inhabited by tribes like the Narragansetts, Mahicans, and Massachusetts.
Fact 45: The first lot of English Pilgrim settlers to arrive in the Massachutessts were brought to the state by a ship called the Mayflower in 1620.
Fact 46: The lowest point of Massachustts is sea level, because it has a border with the Atlantic Ocean.
Fact 47: The state of Massachusetts is separated into 14 counties. Berkshire, Hampshire, and Essex are all examples of counties.
Fact 48: According to records, the newest town in the state of Massachusetts is East Brookfield. This town was incorporated in 1920.
Fact 49: Massachusetts played a significant role in the Revolution! In fact, a lot of people who inhabited the state at the time wanted to be free from Great Britain (UK today).
Fact 50: There are over 3,000 lakes and ponds in the state of Massachusetts.
Fact 51: Former president of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Boston, Massachustetts. He was born in 1917, and died, having been assassinated, in 1963. JFK is one of America’s most famous presidents, and his life to this day is still being documented and televised for audiences around the world! It seems the world just can’t get enough of Kennedy…
Fact 52: Many rivers pass through Massachusetts. Some of these rivers include Housatonic River, Connecticut River, Merrimack River, Charles River, and Deerfield River.
Fact 53: There are 50 cities in the state of Massachusetts. These cities include Sale, Lowell, Quincy, New Bedford, and Brockton.
Fact 54: Monroe, which is a small town in Franklin county, Massachusetts, is the smallest town in the state. A tiny population of 121 lived here in 2010.
Fact 55: As of 2018 there are said to be around 59,200 km of road in the state of Massachusetts.
Fact 56: The hottest temperature ever recorded in Massachusetts was recorded in New Bedford. The temperature reached an all time high of 107℉ in 1975.
Fact 57: Actor Ben Affleck, or Batman, grew up in the state of Massachusetts. While he wasn’t born here he did live in various places in the state from around the age of 3.
Fact 58: The coldest temperature recorded in Massachusetts was noted in Chester. The all-time state low was -35℉ in 1981.
Fact 59: There are over 200 species of animals living in Massachusetts that are listed as ‘endangered species’.
Fact 60: Ancestry plays a major role in the state of Massachusetts. Many years ago, a lot of people would’ve been of English descent, but today a large percentage of the population are of Irish descent, 22.5%.
Fact 61: The state of Massachustts is said to be the 35th warmest state in the United States of America. Louisiana and Texas, are regularly up there with the hottests states per year.
Fact 62: Animals that you might be lucky to see in Massachusetts are, Peregrine falcons, White-tailed deer, Racoons, and Black bears.
Fact 63: The ‘Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’ is either known as ‘MBTA’, or ‘The T’. They are in charge of travel in the state.
Fact 64: Boston Logan International Airport is the state of Massachusetts’ busiest airport. According to figures, since 2015 over 33 million passengers have used this airport.
Fact 65: Up to 57% of the state practice Christinaity.
Fact 66: Interstate 90 is the longest road in the state. It is roughly 219km in length!
Fact 67: Massachusetts is a supporter of the Democratic Party state.
Fact 68: The American writer, Edgar Allan Poe, had firm roots in Massachusetts. In fact, he was born there in 1809!
Fact 69: Actress and model, Uma Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. She of course is famous for appearing in various films throughout her successful career, but one of her most known roles was as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction in 1994).
Fact 70: In the 2010 census, its was discovered that about 48% of the population in Massachusetts were male, and about 51% were female.
Fact 71: 21% of the population of Massachusetts are Protestants by way of faith.
Fact 72: Way back in 1974, Elain Noble started her campaign to become a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She served 2 terms here. But what’s more important is the fact that she was the first openly homosexualr candiate to be elected to this role.
Fact 73: The Boston Marathon is a popular running event that happens in, you guessed right, Boston! The event is usually held in the month of April, and the event welcomes 30,000 runners each year.
Fact 74: As of 2014, the population of Massachusetts is made up of these current races primarily, about 83% are white, nearly 9% are Black/ African American, about 6% are of Asian American race, and the remaining numbers are of other races.
Fact 75: As Irish ancestry is such a big deal in the state, a big celebration is usually held around the state on St Patrick’s Day! Events typically include a parade, costumes, food, Guinness, and of course, fireworks.
Fact 76: The Boston Marathon attracts over 500,000 spectators per year! This makes it one of the most popular sporting events in New England!