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MASSACHUSETTS  
BOSTON  
AREA 10,555 sq miles (45th) (Land) 7,838 sq. miles (Water) 2,717 sq. miles
CAPITAL Boston
FAMOUS DATES Present constitution drafted: 1780 (oldest U.S. state constitution in effect today), Entered Union (rank): Feb. 6, 1788 (6)
LOCATION 42.336N, 071.017W
MEAN ELEVATION 500 ft
HIGHEST POINT Mt. Greylock; 3491 feet, 31st
LOWEST POINT Atlantic coast; sea level, 3rd
COUNTIES (14), but 7 have no form of government, and are geographical census areas only.
COASTLINE 192 miles
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER Worcester
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE  
STATE ROCK Roxbury Pudding Stone (Jasper)
STATE GEMSTONE Rhodonite
STATE FLAG On a white field is a blue shield emblazoned with the image of a Native American, Massachuset. He holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. The arrow is pointing downward representing peace. The white star represents Massachusetts as one of the original thirteen states. Around the shield is a blue ribbon with the motto:" By the Sword We Seek Peace, but Peace Only Under Liberty".Above the shield is a arm and sword, representing the first part of the motto. Flag adopted 1915, amended 1971
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL  
STATE SLOGAN Our Taxes Are Lower Than Sweden's (For Most Tax Brackets)
STATE MOTTO Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem
STATE SONG "All Haid to Massachusetts"
STATE TREE American elm (1941)
STATE BIRD chickadee (1941)
STATE ANIMAL Right Whale
STATE FISH  
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES Bay State; Old Colony State
STATE FLOWER Mayflower Epigaea regens
BORDERING STATES Connecticut New Hampshire New York Rhode Island Vermont

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