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Interesting Facts about Massachusetts

Massachusetts Facts, Funny Laws & Wacky Stuff

Our facts about Massachusetts are meant to make you think of some of the strange laws of times gone past and hopefully give your family a laugh at the same time, nothing too serious.

There are plenty of facts about Massachusetts that can prove to be very informative when you are getting ready to head on through this state. While some people will devote their entire attention to the Boston Red Socks or Salem Witch Trials, there is quite a bit more to this state.

Use our state facts pages to quickly find facts on all other US states when you want a quick reference to the population or something like what is a particular state's nickname, they are all collected in a similar format so are easy to locate.

Entertaining Facts about Massachusetts

facts-about-massachusetts-01;massachusetts state sign These Massachusetts facts are filled with information you can use, like the fact that the first subway system was introduced here in 1897.

It is also the home of the Town of Franklin which was the first location to celebrate the name of Benjamin Franklin. Chances are, you didn’t know either of these items and there are still plenty of facts about Massachusetts you need to discover.

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Massachusetts Facts You Won’t Believe

First ever Zip Code
While everyone wants to be recognized as being the first, in Massachusetts only Agawam can claim that honor with a zip code of 01001.


Newspaper House!!
Rockport has a unique home that is crafted entirely from newspaper. Not only would one wonder where they go all these newspapers from, but if there’s anything from the first Thanksgiving that was held there back in 1621.


America’s favorite donut
Not shocking is the fact that the official dessert of Massachusetts is Boston cream pie. What is shocking is the fact that this is also the birthplace of America’s favorite donut, the Dunkin’ Donut. Not a fan of pie and donuts, and think that cookies are where the money is? Well, one of the facts about Massachusetts is that the Fig Newton is named for Newton, Massachusetts.

Facts about Massachusetts

State Name: Massachusetts

State Abbreviation: MA

State Capital: Boston

Largest City: Boston

State population: 6,547,629

Population Rank: #14/50

Area/Size: 10,554.57 square miles

Area/Size Rank: #44/50

Date became a State: February 6, 1788

Number accepted into the Union: #6/50

Residents are called: Bay Staters


Invented the Sewing Machine
Another one of the Massachusetts facts you should know is that Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine, did so in Boston back in 1845.

Massachusetts Facts:
Silly Massachusetts Laws

While some laws make perfect sense, other acts we all do may be illegal in Massachusetts. Lock down your doors and check out these off the wall laws.


Rifles at Church?
If you are at a shooting range, no target can resemble a human being in any way. That might be because all the men are required to carry their rifle to church on Sunday.


Noisy Snorers Watchout
While you are here, you will want to be sure that you close and lock all your bedroom windows before bedtime as well. It is illegal to snore if this isn’t done. If you aren’t sure if you snore, check with your spouse.


Witches are banned
Quakers and witches are both banned from the state as well. Don’t worry about your oatmeal though; there are plenty of off brands you can still choose from. By the way the Salem Witch Trials were held here in 1692/93.
Goatee's Cost More
Although it is a very old law, you will need to pay a fee to sport your goatee in public.



facts-about-massachusetts-02; massachusetts state map Still after more facts about Massachusetts? Here are some people you may recognise who were born in Massachusetts:

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • George Bush
  • Bette Davis
  • Cecil Blount DeMille
  • Paul Revere
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rocky Marciano
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Massachusetts facts

    State Motto: "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" - (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)

    State Nickname: Bay State

    State Bird: Black Capped Chickadee

    State Flower: Mayflower

    State Tree: American Elm
  • Samuel Adams
  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Clara Barton
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Bobby Brown
  • Barbara Walters
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Marcia Cross
  • Matt Damon
  • Geena Davis

  • It turns out Massachusetts is known for more than its great seafood. It is known for creating celebrities, Presidents and sporting stars! Is there something in the water? Enjoy!
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