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Massachusetts Geography

Massachusetts Geography

Basic Facts

  • Geographical Region: Northeast
  • Size: 10555 sq.mi., 44th rank overall.
  • Admitted to Statehood: February 6, 1788
  • Population: 6,593,587;15th rank overall.
  • Capital: Boston
  • Other Major City: Worcester
  • Abbreviation: MA

Fun Facts

  • Nickname: Bay State
  • State Flag: Click Here (opens window to 50states.com)
  • State Bird: Chickadee (opens window to 50states.com)
  • State Flower: Mayflower (opens window to 50states.com)

Geographical Description

  • The eastern part of the state is a low coastal plain characterized by marshes, low hills, small lakes, and shallow rivers.
  • The Eastern New England Upland is a 40-60 mile wide region that extends westward from the coastal area rising to 1,000 feet above sea level before sloping down to meet the Connecticut Valley Lowland.
  • The Connecticut Valley Lowland is approximately a 20-mile wide valley with rich farmland.
  • Berkshire Hills region makes contains Massachusetts highest peaks. Mount Greylock is 3,491 feet above sea level.
  • The 10-mile wide Berkshire Valley borders the state to the west.

Map: Relief Map of MA


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Other Information

Fun Facts:

  • The first subway system in the US was built in Boston in 1897..
  • Lowell was the first planned industrial city in America, making way for the American industrial revolution.
  • Norfolk County is the birthplace of four United States presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush.
  • The first Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
  • The first college established in North America was Harvard in 1636.

More Fun Facts: http://www.50states.com/facts/mass.htm



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