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Massachusetts

"Bay State; Old Colony State"

Motto
Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
Capitol
Boston
Name Origin
From Massachusett tribe of Native Americans, meaning “at or about the great hill”
Statehood Date
Feb. 6, 1788 (6th)
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Official Symbols

A state's official symbols represent the composition and culture of the land and people who live and have lived here. Below are the symbols of Massachusetts along with the year they became official.

Flower Mayflower (1918)
Tree American Elm (1941)
Bird Chickadee (1941)
Song “All Hail To Massachusetts” (1966)
Beverage Cranberry Juice (1970)
Insect Ladybug (1974)
Cookie Chocolate Chip (1997)
Muffin Corn Muffin (1986)
Dessert Boston Cream Pie (1996)
Demographics
Population Density
809.8 people per square mile
Geography and Weather
Land Area
7,840 sq mi. (20,306 sq km)
Lowest Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Average Elevation
500 ft (152.4 m)
Highest Temperature Recorded
107°F (42°C) on August 2, 1975
Lowest Temperature Recorded
–35°F (–37°C) on January 12, 1981

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