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  • some general data of the state

  • General useful information
    Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
    State and population
    capital: Boston // state code ISO: MA ; FIPS: US25
    surface: 20301 = 7840 sq.mi // rank in USA: 44 // location: New England
    climate: temperate, with colder and drier climate in western region
    entered USA as 6th state ratifying the Constitution on: 1788-02-06
    administrative division: 14 counties
    total population according to the census of 2000: 6,349,097
    population density 2000: 313 per = 810 per sq.mi // net growth 1999-2000: 5,5%
    main ethnic groups: white 84,5%; black 5,4%, Asian 3,8%; other 9%
    Economy and infrastructure
    chief crops: cranberries, greenhouse, nursery, vegetables
    livestock (1000s): cattle: 50 / pigs: 20 / poultry: 357
    timber/lumber: white pine, oak, other hardwoods
    chief industries: services, trade, manufacturing
    chief industrial products: electric & electronic equipment, instruments, industrial machinery & equipment
    chief mining products: crushed stone, sand & gravel, dimension stone, lime, clays
    Some physical landmarks
    highest point in the state: Mt. Greylock 1064 m = 3491 ft
    other mountains: Mt. Everett 793
    lowest point in the state: sea level
    lakes: Lake Onota, Pontoosuc Lake, Long Pond
    artificial lakes: Quabbin Res., Wachusett Res., Sudbury Res., Cobble Mt. Res., Knightville Res., Otis Res.
    rivers: Connecticut, Merrimack, Charles, Housatonic, Blackstone, Taunton, Nashua, Concord
    others: islands: Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Island, Elizabeth Islands // deserts: none
    Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
    other important features:
    nick name(s): Bay State, Old Colony
    motto: Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
    song: All Hail to Massachusetts
    flower: Mayflower // bird: Chickadee // tree: American elm
    primary sources:
    World almanac and book of facts; National Geographic Atlas of the World; maps: WN world @tlas

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    File created on 2003.02.28 by Jan Lahmeyer
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