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Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has a combination of natural beauty, first-class cultural events, top-notch health care, and relatively good values in real estate.

Approximately two-thirds of Massachusetts' population lives in Greater Boston. Many of towns, cities, and counties have names identical to ones in England. Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims, passengers of the Mayflower.

Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard are well known for celebrity vacationers such as the Kennedys, the Obamas and Jack Welch. The cost of living in Nantucket is 138% higher than the U.S. average, and prices for beachfront homes on the islands start in the millions.

Boston is home to some of the highest ranked health-care facilities in the world including Massachusetts General Hospital and Tufts Medical Center.

Living In Massachusetts
Weather The climate is a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. The state has its share of extreme weather, prone to nor'easters and to severe winter storms.
Tornadoes Moderate risk every year
Thunderstorms Averages 30 per year
Hurricanes Yes
Earthquakes None
Wildfires Rare
Flooding Some along rivers
Tidal Surges Yes
Mud Slides None
Volcanoes None
Snow Yes, sometimes heavy
Freezing Rain Yes
Cold Winds Yes
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