Birthplace of

Inventor Benjamin Franklin (1706–90), John F Kennedy (1917–63), authors Jack Kerouac (1922–69) and Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)

Capital

Boston

Driving Distances

Boston to Provincetown 115 miles, Boston to Northampton 104 miles, Boston to Acadia National Park 280 miles

Famous for

Boston Tea Party, first state to legalize gay marriage

Home of

Harvard University, Boston Marathon, Plymouth Rock

Major Cities

Boston, Worcester, Springfield

Nickname

Bay State

Politics

Democratic

Sales Tax

6.25%

State Sweets

Boston Cream Pie, Dunkin' Donuts, Fig Newtons