Massachusetts is a US state and part of New England. It is located in the northeastern part of the USA, on the Atlantic Ocean. The name also comes from the Native Americans and means something like “by the big hills”. It probably refers to the Great Blue Hill.
This is a hill formation in Blue Hills Reservation State Park. The reservation is located approximately 15 km southwest of the capital city of Boston. Massachusetts is also called “Bay State”, which means “Bay State” in German.
- Liuxers: List of Federal school codes for educational institutions located in Massachusetts. Includes FAFSA codes in the state of Massachusetts.
The US state of Massachusetts
Aquinnah Cliffs and Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Massachusetts borders New Hampshire and Vermont to the north.
To the east is the Atlantic Ocean, to the west is New York State, and to the south is Connecticut and Rhode Island.
With an area of just over 27,000 km², it is roughly the size of the federal state of Brandenburg.
The more than 6.5 million inhabitants are spread over many medium-sized cities.
Important figures from Massachusetts were the Kennedys, who played important roles in American politics.
The importance of education is also evident in Massachusetts, which is doing quite well economically. Around Boston are the intellectual powerhouses of the USA with MIT, the posh Cambridge University and Boston University, where the future of the country will be decisively determined.
The biggest cities
The population of the largest cities in Massachusetts is from 2010 and is rounded.
- Boston 618,000 residents
- Worcester 181,000
- Springfield 153,000
- Lowell 107,000
- Cambridge 105,000
Weather and climate
Summers in Massachusetts are pleasantly warm, rarely exceeding 35 degrees Celsius . On the coast it is of course very pleasant with a little wind and correspondingly increased humidity even in summer. Going inland it becomes more continental.
The winters on the Atlantic are not too cold either, so that you can only rarely expect minus degrees in Celsius in the capital Boston. Heading inland is more likely, and there is often snow there for a while in winter. At the end of August, for example, it is currently between 25 and 28 degrees with light clouds, the humidity varies between 50 and 85% in Boston. The region on the coast is often hit by severe storms, such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
The best time to travel is between May and July, when the temperatures are pleasant and nature is in full bloom.