Massachusetts, which is shortly mentioned as MA, is one among the 50 states in the United States, situated in the northeastern area of the country. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the east, New York on the west, New Hampshire and Vermont in the north and Connecticut and Rhode Island in the south. The state features two separate city areas, such as the Springfield metropolitan area in the west and the Greater Boston in the east. Roughly 2/3rd population of Massachusetts resides in Greater Boston. Massachusetts is the 7th smallest in area, but the 14th most crowded and the 3rd most thickly populated among the 50 states in the United States. The state is the sixth top gross domestic product per capita of the country and the most heavily populated among the six states of New England.
Massachusetts was the 6th state admitted to the union on the 6th of February 1788. The total land area of Massachusetts is 10,554 square miles, which offers the state an area rank of 44 out of the available 50 states in the United States. In addition, water surface occupies 2,754 square miles of the total area of the state within its boundaries. There are 14 counties in Massachusetts among which the Hampden County was the most recent county formed in the state, in the year 1812.
Consistent with 2010 United States Census information, the population of Massachusetts was 6,349,097. Among the counties of the Massachusetts State, the most populous county is the Middlesex County with the population of 1,503,085, and the Town and County of Nantucket, is ranked as the least populous county with the population of 10,172.
As of 2010, there are 12 State Electoral Votes in Massachusetts. The State Quarter issue Date of Massachusetts is January 3, 2000. The state motto of Massachusetts is “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem “.
Bay State is the nickname of the state of Massachusetts. The name of the state bird of Massachusetts is the Chickadee. American elm is the state tree of Massachusetts, and the Mayflower is the state flower. Boston is the state capital of Massachusetts. Boston is the biggest of all cities in Massachusetts by population, and the Plymouth city ranks first in total land area. The Plymouth City is the oldest city in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts State is served by nine area codes, such as 339, 351, 413, 508, 617, 774, 781, 857 and 978.
Actually, Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the official name of Massachusetts. The state is habitually called as "the Commonwealth" colloquially. Though this title is a part of the official name of the state, it has no realistic implications. The state of Massachusetts has the same powers and position in the United States like other states.