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Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the United States. Covering an area of 10,555 sq km (27,336 sq km), Massachusetts is bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south and New York to the west. The Atlantic Ocean lies to the east of the state.

Massachusetts has a population of 6.5 million people, the majority of which living within the Boston Metropolitan Area. Boston is the capital as well as biggest city in the state. It has a population of 645,000 people, and lies within the Greater Boston area, with a population of 4.5 million.

Massachusetts is one of the earliest states to be settled by Europeans. Many of the towns in Massachusetts were established by colonists from England in the 17th century, with Plymouth being the second oldest permanent English settlement in North America.

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Today Massachusetts is a highly developed state and a leader in the fields of higher education, heath care technology, high technology and financial services.

Visiting Massachusetts

The easiest way to reach Massachusetts is to fly in, arriving at Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. Boston is the hub for travel to Massachusetts. You can also reach it by train. Amtrak has a high-frequency train connection linking it to New York City within 3.5 hours.

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If you are planning to explore Massachusetts, driving will get you to more places. There are several Interstate highways that you can take to reach Massachusetts. I-90 enters the state from New York in the west while I-91 and I-93 enter the state from New Hampshire in the north. You can also reach Massachuets on I-91 from Connecticut and I-95 from Rhode Island.

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Cities in Massachusetts

  1. Boston (645,000)
    Largest city and capital of Massachusetts

  2. Brockton (93,000)
    6th largest city in Massachusetts, birth place of boxing legend Rocky Marciano.

  3. Cambridge (106,000)
    University town, home to Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  4. Fall River (91,000)
    Small city and location of Battleship Cove, the world's largest collection of World War II naval vessels.

  5. Lowell (103,000)
    5th largest city in Massachusetts, a county seat of Middlesex County.

  6. New Bedford (94,000)
    One of the most important whaling ports in the 19th century.

  7. Springfield (156,000)
    Third largest city in Massachusetts and birthplace of children's author Dr. Seuss.

  8. Quincy (91,000)
    Birthplace of US presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and statesman John Hancock.

  9. Worcester (183,000)
    Second largest city in Massachusetts as well as the New England region.

Places of Interest in Massachusetts

  1. Cape Cod
    Popular beach destination drawing some 13 million visitors every summer.

  2. Concord
    Site of the Battle of Concord which was one of the battles signaling the Revolutionary War.

  3. Martha's Vineyard
    Scenic island in Cape Cod.

  4. Plymouth
    Destination of the ship Mayflower which brought 102 Pilgrims to the New World.

  5. Salem
    Town infamous for the witch trials of 1692.

  6. The Berkshires
    Wooded hills and forested valleys attracting nature lovers, on the western corner of Massachusetts.

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