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Flag of Massachusetts

Use: Civil and state flag
Proportion: 3:5
Adopted: June 15, 1788; 230 years ago

The flag of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the flag of Massachusetts. It has been represented by official but limited-purpose flags since 1776, though until 1908 it had no state flag per se to represent its government. A variant of the white flag with blue seal was carried by each of the Massachusetts volunteer regiments during the Civil War alongside the National Colors. An exception were the two "Irish regiments" (the 9th and 28th Volunteers), each of which was permitted to carry an alternative green flag with a harp symbol. The state currently has three official flags: a state flag, a "naval and maritime flag" (despite it no longer having its own navy), and a governor's flag. With Florida and Minnesota, it is one of only three state flags to prominently feature a Native American in its heraldry.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Flag of Massachusetts State seal of Massachusetts
Flag Seal
The Bay State
The Pilgrim State; The Puritan State
The Old Colony State
The Baked Bean State
Motto(s): Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (Latin)
By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
State song(s): "All Hail to Massachusetts"
Map of the United States with Massachusetts highlighted
Official language English
Spoken languages
  • English 77.4%
  • Spanish 8.6%
  • Portuguese 2.8%.
  • Chinese 2.1%[3]
Demonym Bay Stater (official) Massachusite (traditional)
(and largest city)
Largest metro Greater Boston
Area Ranked 44th
• Total 10,565 sq mi
(27,337 km2)
• Width 183 miles (295 km)
• Length 108 miles (174 km)
• % water 26.1
• Latitude 41° 14′ N to 42° 53′ N
• Longitude 69° 56′ W to 73° 30′ W
Population Ranked 15th
• Total 6,902,149 (2018)
• Density 840/sq mi (324/km2)
Ranked 3rd
• Median household income $77,385 (5th)
• Highest point Mount Greylock
3,489 ft (1063.4 m)
• Mean 500 ft (150 m)
• Lowest point Atlantic Ocean
Sea level
Before statehood Province of Massachusetts Bay
Admitted to the Union February 6, 1788 (6th)
Governor Charlie Baker (R)
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito (R)
Legislature General Court
• Upper house Senate
• Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D)
Ed Markey (D)
U.S. House delegation 9 Democrats (list)
Time zone Eastern: UTC −5/−4
ISO 3166 US-MA
Abbreviations MA, Mass.
Website www.mass.gov
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