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
Capital of Massachusetts State: Boston
Date of Statehood: February 6, 1788
Massachusetts State 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.
Massachusetts State Nickname: The Bay State
Massachusetts State Motto: Ense Petit Placidam Sub Libertate Quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.)
Massachusetts State Flower:
Mayflower (Epigaea regens)(Legislation of 1918)
Massachusetts State Tree: Elm (Legislation of 1941)
Massachusetts State Bird:
Black-Capped Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus)(Legislation of 1941)
Massachusetts State Fish: Cod (Legislation of 1974)
Massachusetts State Insect: Ladybug (Legislation of 1974)
Massachusetts State Gemstone: Rhodonite (Legislation of 1979)
Official State Seal:
Official State Flag:
Massachusetts State License Plate:
Photo under license from collector Jim Moini ©2011.
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