Massachusetts State
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Massachusetts State Symbols, Facts & Info

The United States of America accepted Massachusetts as the 6th state to enter the union. Below, you will find the official state symbols and interesting facts about Massachusetts.

State Name:
Massachusetts

Abbreviation:
MA

Capital:
Boston

Date of Statehood:
February 6, 1788

Population:
6,398,743 (US Census 2005 estimate)

Primary Agriculture:
The state's cranberry crop is the nation's largest. Also important are dairy and poultry products, nursery and greenhouse produce, vegetables, and fruit. Leading agricultural products include cranberries, apples, vegetables, greenhouse and nursery items, and milk and other dairy goods; poultry is also raised. The fishing fleets of Gloucester and New Bedford still bring in a large and varied catch, and the coastal waters abound in shellfish. Lime, clay, sand, gravel, and stone are the chief mineral resources.

Primary Industry:
Tourism has become an important factor in the economy of the state because of its numerous recreational areas and historical landmarks. Industries include electrical and electronic equipment, industrial equipment, plastic products, paper and paper products, machinery, tools, and metal and rubber products. High-technology research and development as well as financial and trade industries have become prominent in the Commonwealth's economy. Service sector industries, of which tourism is primary, made up over one fifth of Massachusetts' gross state product (GSP) in 1986.

Nickname:
The Bay State

Motto:
Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.)

Flower:
Mayflower (Legislation of 1918)
Picture of the Mayflower, the official state flower of Massachusetts.

Tree:
Elm (Legislation of 1941)

Bird:
Black-Capped Chickadee (Legislation of 1941)
Picture of the Black-Capped+Chickadee, the official state bird of Massachusetts.
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Fish:
Cod (Legislation of 1974)

Insect:
Ladybug (Legislation of 1974)

Gemstone:
Rhodonite (Legislation of 1979)

Official State Seal:
Official State Seal of Massachusetts.
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Official State Flag:
Official State Flag of Massachusetts.
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State Commemorative Quarter:
From the 1999-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters® Program
Commemorative state quarter of Massachusetts.
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State Postage Stamp:
From the 2002 United States Postal Service Greetings from America series.
34 cent Greetings from America commemorative stamp of Massachusetts state.
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