Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Massachusetts became a state February 6, 1788, the 6th state admitted to the Union.
  • Boston became state capital: 1788
  • Boston founded: 1630
  • Name Origin: Named for Boston, Lincolnshire, England, from which several prominent colonists came

Boston is an old and very historical city, founded in 1630. The American Revolution began here. The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, the Boston Tea Party, and the Battle of Bunker Hill were important to the beginning of the United States, and the ending of the colonies.

The State House, or capitol, was built in 1795 by Charles Bullfinch, the nation’s first professional architect. Other historical buildings in Boston are the Old State House, where the Declaration of Independence was first proclaimed to the citizens of Boston, and Faneuil Hall, where mass meetings were held during pre-Revolutionary time.

Follow the Freedom Trail to see all these things and Old Ironsides, the oldest Navy ship afloat in the world (1797). Also famous are Boston Baked Beans, Fenway Park, and the Red Sox.

Things To Love About Boston

The Boston Common; the River Charles, and Harvard Square; the cemeteries with Franklin names; the beans, the cod, the accent that turns hard to hod; the sailing ships, the sea; the houses with the black enamel doors on classy Beacon Street.

Blogs To Read About Boston

Greener is the Grass

Boston Proper, Boston Strong

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 617,594, 5th largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 12,793 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 48.28 square miles
  • Elevation: 330 feet, 30th highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 36/22, July 81/65. Annual rainfall: 44 inches
  • Time Zone: Eastern
  • Water near: Atlantic Ocean, Charles River
  • Mountains near: Appalachian, Berkshires, Taconic. Mount Greylock, in the northwest corner of the state, is the highest point in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Providence, RI 50; Concord, NH 72; Hartford, CT 100
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 444

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 617,594         Population
  • 16.8%           Under 18
  • 10.1%           Over 65
  • 8.9%            Asian
  • 24.4%          Black
  • 17.5%           Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.4%            Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.0%            Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 47.0%          White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 36.1%           English Not Spoken at Home
  • 84.2%           High School Graduate
  • 42.8%           Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 21.4%              Below Poverty Level
  • $33,158          Per Capita Income
  • $51,739          Median Household Income
  • $381,900       Median Value of Home
  • 34.6%             Home Ownership

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