Moving to Massachusetts

Despite being the 7th smallest state in the country, Massachusetts happens to be one of the most densely populated states, with roughly 6.8 million residents. The capital city of Boston, is home to more than 600,000 people. Other large cities include Worcester, Springfield, and Lowell, each with populations over 100,000.
Massachusetts’ 10,555 square miles was originally home to Algonquian tribes who occupied the area. Europeans claimed the area and colonized it by in the 17th century. The state is known for being a place of the historic significance with the first European settlers arriving by ship in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.
Early European settlers of Massachusetts nicknamed it the “Bay State” due to it being located close to several huge bays. Boston has been coined “Beantown” because baked beans in molasses was a popular dish with early settlers.

Geography & Climate

The state's land is generally rocky with many brooks, and rivers and nearly 1,500 miles of coastline. The western border is comprised of many mountains and rolling hills. Flat land with many marshes, ponds, and modest lakes make up the state's coastal plain.
Located in the northwestern region of the state, Mount Greylock is the highest point and rises to 3,486 feet above sea level. The lowest point is sea level at the Atlantic Ocean.
Weather conditions tend to fluctuate throughout the state's regions. Summer temperatures range from mild to extremely hot. Winter temperatures range from freezing to below the freezing, and snow, sleet and freezing rain are common. Spring and Fall tend to be mild and sunny with regular rain showers.

Community & Lifestyle

As one of the original 13 colonies to establish the nation, the state of Massachusetts has deep history that can be appreciated through its numerous monuments, museums, and historic sites.
The towns of Lexington, Brookline, Marblehead and Needham are considered among the best places in the state to raise a family, based on quality of schools, family-friendly activities, and overall cost of living.
Massachusetts offers many beautiful beaches, perfect for soaking up summertime sunshine. Other popular activities include whale watching, whitewater rafting, camping, fishing, hiking and biking.
Popular wintertime activities include skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and dog sledding. The Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Central Massachusetts offers the tallest peaks in the state - perfect for winter sport enthusiasts. Many people also travel to the nearby state of New Hampshire to enjoy taller mountains and even more abundant snow.
Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts are two of the most prominent and historical colleges in the state, and both boast large campuses, strong academics, and enthusiastic students.
Are you moving to Massachusetts? If so, you may want to hire professional movers to help you. The best moving services will offer you a free quote and be able to provide customer references. Research and compare moving companies in your area to find a top-rated provider. Give yourself plenty of time to pack by collecting your moving boxes early. Creating a moving checklist is a great way to keep important details organized.

Jobs & Local Economy

Massachusetts’ unemployment rate is 4.3%, which is slightly lower than the national average of 4.4% (June 2017).
The technology, finance, information technology, life sciences, defense, and renewable energy industries are among the top industries contributing to the state’s economy.
Massachusetts has a long list of valuable players in the employment sector and the majority of the largest companies are in the service industry. The state’s largest employers include the University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, and Steward Health Care System.
Industrial manufacturing also plays a significant role in the state’s economy.
If you are moving to Massachusetts you will find the overall cost of living is considerably higher than other states in the nation.


Moving to Massachusetts also means you get to enjoy these nearby attractions:

Martha's Vineyard

This popular island is located 45 minutes south of Cape Cod. The area’s six major cities include Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, Chilmark, Edgartown, and Aquinnah. Martha’s Vineyard is known for its sandy white beaches, historic lighthouses, colorful cabins, farmer's markets, and maritime charm. The island can only be accessed via air or boat.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park is the oldest baseball stadium in the nation, making it a popular destination for sports history enthusiasts. Not only is it the home of the Boston Red Sox, but it also hosts music concerts and other major events throughout the year.

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Cities in Massachusetts

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