Fast Facts
State and Abbreviation: MA,Mass
State nickname: The bay state
Statehood: Fed 6th 1788 1st state
Rank in size: 45th
Rank in population: 6,349,097
State capital: Boston
Largest city: Boston
State motto: By the sword we seek peace, but peace under freedom.
State song: All hail to Massachusetts.
State flower: Mayflower 
State tree: Ameican elm
State bird: Black-capped chickadee
State sports teams: Red sox, Boston Bruins, Boston celtics.