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Offical Name The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Nickname Bay State
Abbreviations MA, US-MA, Mass.
Origin of Name From the Massachusett tribe of Indians, meaning "At the great hill"

Official Language English
Admission to Union 6 February 1788
Time Zone Eastern
Official Web Site

Capital Boston
Largest City Boston
Population 6,349,097 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: seafood, nursery stock, dairy products, cranberries, vegetables

Industry: machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, scientific instruments, printing, publishing

Area 10,555 square miles (27,360 km2)
Major Rivers Connecticut River, Merrimack River, Charles River
Major Lakes Quabbin Reservoir
Highest Point Mount Greylock - 3,491 feet (1,064 meters)
Bordering States New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water Atlantic Ocean

Flag Massachusetts Flag
Motto "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" - By the sword she seeks peace under liberty
Song All Hail to Massachusetts
Marine Mammal Right Whale
Cat Tabby Cat
Dog Boston Terrier
Bird Black-capped Chickadee
Game Bird Wild Turkey
Horse Morgan Horse
Insect Ladybug
Fish Cod
Shell New England Neptune
Fossil Dinosaur (Theropod) Tracks
Flower Mayflower
Bean Navy Bean
Tree American Elm
Beverage Cranberry
Muffin Corn Muffin
Dessert Boston Cream Pie
Cookie Chocolate Chip Cookie
Rock Roxbury Puddingstone
Historical Rock Plymouth Rock
Building Rock Granite
Explorer Rock Dighton Rock
Gem Rhodonite
Mineral Babingtonite
Soil Paxton Soil Series
Folk Dance Square Dance
Folk Hero Johnny Appleseed
Heroine Deborah Samson

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