Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the United States. Most of its population of 6.4 million live in the Boston metropolitan area. The eastern half of this relatively small state is mostly urban and suburban. The west is primarily rural; however, most of its population actually lives in urban enclaves. Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states and ranks third in overall population density among the 50 states.
Massachusetts is a diverse state with a little something for everyone. Whether interested in the posh life of places like Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, or a more subtle living in a small beach or mountain town, there are numerous beautiful places to retire.
Residents enjoy the state's cultural life and festival such as the Tanglewood Music Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Boston has a Symphony Orchestra, museums, theaters and historic trails, in addition to some of the best health-care facilities in the US.
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Amy Goodman, veteran journalist and newscaster, speaks at Mount Holyoke College about the need for independent media in the age of Trump
Apr 27, 2017 2:50 am
Journalist and reporter Amy Goodman spoke to a packed auditorium at Mount Holyoke College on Tuesday night.
Holocaust survivor Henia Lewin to speak at commemoration in Holyoke
Apr 27, 2017 12:56 am
Holocaust survivor Henia Lewin will speak at the annual commemoration of the Holocaust on May 4, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. at the Holyoke, Massachusetts Senior Cent...
A plastic bag ban could be coming to Springfield soon
Apr 26, 2017 11:40 pm
A sub-committee of the Springfield City Council is hoping to develop a citywide ordinance that would ban the commercial use of plastic bags.
PVTA bids adieu to one leader, advances three finalists to take over and names interim administrator
Apr 26, 2017 11:06 pm
Board members of the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority voted to advance three finalists vying to succeed outgoing administrator Mary MacInnes.
Boston police make little progress on race gap
Apr 26, 2017 10:17 pm
The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn't appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the d...
Suffield traffic advisory for wake of Connecticut State Trooper and former Chicopee Police officer John Sawyer
Apr 26, 2017 9:35 pm
A shuttle bus will bring mourners from the Enfield Mall to the funeral home in Suffield to reduce traffic.
Federal grant will let Massachusetts expand Springfield opioid addiction program
Apr 26, 2017 8:11 pm
The money for Massachusetts-Access to Recovery is part of an $11.7 million grant to help the state fight opioid addiction.
24-hour Pride gas station and convenience store proposed in Belchertown
Apr 26, 2017 8:02 pm
The 4,500 square foot store, with drive-up window service, would be open 24 hours a day.
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Sen. Eric Lesser updates East Longmeadow Town Council on Beacon Hill priorities
Apr 26, 2017 7:57 pm
On Tuesday, State Sen. Eric Lesser attended a meeting of the East Longmeadow Town Council to deliver a legislative update.
Springfield police to host drop-off event at Central High School for unwanted medication
Apr 26, 2017 7:56 pm
Department spokesman Sgt. John Delaney said the drop-off is planned for the parking lot at Central on Roosevelt Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.