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State Facts

Full Name

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Admitted to the Union (Rank)

February 6, 1788 (6th)

Population 2000 (Rank)

6,349,097 (13th)

Land Area (Rank)

7,840 square miles; 20,306 square kilometers (45th)

Capital

Boston

Postal Abbreviation

MA

State Nicknames

  • Bay State,
  • Old Colony State

Motto

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

Song

“All Hail to Massachusetts” (music by Arthur J. Marsh)

State Symbols

  • Flower: Mayflower
  • Tree: American elm
  • Bird: Black-capped chickadee
  • Gem: Rhodonite
  • Beverage: Cranberry juice
  • Muffin: Corn muffin
  • Cookie: Chocolate chip
  • Dessert: Boston cream pie

Economy

  • Agriculture:
    • Seafood,
    • nursery stock,
    • dairy products,
    • cranberries,
    • vegetables
  • Industry:
    • Machinery,
    • electric equipment,
    • scientific instruments,
    • printing and publishing,
    • tourism