on the north by New Hampshire and Vermont,
on the west by New
York, and on the south by Connecticut and Rhode
Island, the officially named Commonwealth of Massachusetts
is New England's most populous state, with the majority of
its citizens (more than 6 million) living in the Boston metro area.
Plymouth Rock and its association with early 17th century
Pilgrim settlement, the state later led the Thirteen Original
Colonies in revolutionary fervor that eventually brought about
the War for Independence in 1776.
major industries in Massachusetts include biotechnology, banking,
health care and tourism. The state is also a leader in higher
education with Harvard University, Wellesley, MIT and others
ranking among the top colleges in the nation. Remaining
true to its agricultural roots Massachusetts
is also the second largest cranberry producing state in the
U.S. after Wisconsin.
The state also reflects its modern day position as having one of the highest costs of living in the Northeast, together with some of the highest property taxes in the region.
Major cities: Boston (capital), Worcester, Springfield,
Population : 6,349,097
White : 86.7%
Black, African American : 6.9%
Hispanic : 7.9%
High school graduates : 84.8%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 33.2%
Average household income: $53,657
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Massachusetts Real Estate Home ownership rate : 61.7%
Average home price: $429,500
Average travel time to work : 27 minutes
Personal Income Taxes: Massachusetts imposes a flat rate of 5.3% of federal adjusted gross income. Residents must file state taxes using Form 1 each year by April 15.
: Much like many areas around the country, public and private school ratings rise and fall with the local tax base, as more affluent neighborhoods are allocated the lion's share of education spending. Also see Massachusetts
Department of Education
: Like most of New England, Massachusetts experiences
warm summers and cold, snowy winters, and is especially
prone to Nor'easters or sometimes severe winter storms.
about relocating to Massachusetts around the Web:
to Massachusetts! - Official state portal for those considering a move to the
state offering information on voter registration, car registration,
state taxes, links to job & real estate information, public
schools & higher education, local transportation, plus
helpful hints on finding local doctors, dentists & healthcare
relocation - BostonOnline.com guide to city life with information on cost
of living, neighborhoods, subways, bus routes and commuter
rail lines, searchable jobs, apartments & real estate
database, plus information on local customs and official holidays.
City-Data Forums - Busy online message boards with tips & advice on jobs,
real estate, schools and cost of living in a variety of cities
& towns including Boston, Cambridge, Cape Cod, Lexington
and eastern Massachusetts.