Fast Facts: The capital and largest city is Boston. The original New England Patriots established North America’s second permanent settlement in Plymouth in 1620; Thanksgiving was soon to follow.
Massachusetts Careers: 2008 U.S. Census data estimated Massachusetts’ population at almost 6.5 million. Forbes recently ranked it as the 36th “Best State for Business.”
Massachusetts Career Education: Consistent with the state’s recent sports successes, Massachusetts ranked 1st in a 2009 K-12 “Academic Achievement” study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Massachusetts Economy: New Bedford accounts for nearly half of the nation's scallop production.
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Location, Location, Location...: Massachusetts is located in the New England region of the northeastern U.S., the eastern half of the state is made up of urban, suburban and rural areas, while the western half is mostly rural.
Cities: The capital and largest city is Boston, followed by Worcester and Springfield.
Behind the Name: Massachusetts is most commonly known as the “Old Bay State,” referring to the Cape Cod Bay where early American settlements were based.
A Closer Look: Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states.
Did You Know? Massachusetts has been noteworthy throughout American history and not just for its major league baseball and pro football champions: Plymouth was the second permanent settlement in North America; the original ‘Patriots’ staged the famous 1773 “Boston Tea Party” in protest of unfair British taxation and Massachusetts was the first state to abolish slavery.
Population: 6,497,697 (2.3% increase since 2000) - 51.5% Female, 48.5% Male (2008 U.S. Census Bureau).
Business Environment: Ranked 36th in Forbes Magazine’s “Best States for Business,” 2008.
Top Industries: In terms of paid employees, according to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study: (1) health care and social assistance; (2) retail trade; (3) manufacturing; (4) accommodation and food services; and (5) professional, scientific and technical services.
Taxes: Income Tax, 5.3% and Sales Tax, 5% (Federation of Tax Administrators).
Cost of Living: 120.5 in relation to the “National Average” of 100 (Federal Cost of Living Index).
Quality of Life: Ranked 6th of 50 states by CNBC, 2009.
Weather: Average Temperature (In °F) – Jan: 24.87; Apr: 45.43; July: 70.37; Oct: 49.69 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).
K-12: Ranked 1st of 50 states in “Academic Achievement” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2009.
In General: Massachusetts is a national leader in higher education, health care, high technology and financial services, and the state that initiated the industrial revolution continues to be an important manufacturing state. The types of jobs available in Massachusetts require a large number of professionally trained workers, such as doctors, engineers, scientists and technicians.
Service Industry: Community, business and personal services such as private health care, private schools, law firms, computer programming and engineering companies are the most important service sectors in Massachusetts.
Agriculture: In terms of revenue generated Massachusetts’ top five agricultural products are greenhouse and nursery products, cranberries, dairy products, sweet corn and apples.
Manufacturing: Computer and electronic products, such as computer equipment and microchips, are the state’s leading manufactured products, followed by communication equipment including broadcasting devices, military communications systems and telephone equipment. Fabricated metal products (ammunition, guns, hand tools, knives, stampings, valves) and chemicals (pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, photographic materials) are also notable sectors of the manufacturing industry.
Fishing: Massachusetts is one of the leading commercial fishing states; the state’s commercial fishing industry delivers a broad range of product including cod, flounder, haddock, lobster, clams, crabs, herring, squid, swordfish and tuna.
Did You Know? The city of New Bedford accounts for nearly half the scallops produced across the nation.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service; Netstate.com; Education-Portal.com; USCollegeSearch.org; and Wikipedia.com.
|6,349,048||Population (as of 2000)||2.0||Average Persons Per Household (as of 2000)|
|6,331,944||Population (current)||$241,689||Average House Value (as of 2000)|
|7,797.7||Square Miles of Land||$53,227||Average House Income (as of 2000)|
|202.2||Square Miles of Water|
|176,386||Number of Businesses (as of 2003)||$29,807,491,000||Total First Quarter Payroll (as of 2003)|
|2,854,925||Number of Employees (as of 2003)||$121,469,215,000||Total Annual Payroll (as of 2003)|