Massachusetts is a relatively small state, there are
significant climatic differences between its eastern and
western sections. The entire state has cold winters and
moderately warm summers, but the Berkshires in the west
have both the coldest winters and the coolest summers.
81.3% of the population five years of age or older (down
from 84.8% in 1990) spoke only English at home.
The United States dollar,
denoted by USD or the symbol $, is the official currency
used in the United States. Commonly referred to as the
"American dollar," the currency is divided into 100
cents (symbol ¢)
Massachusetts ranked 13th in population
in the US with an estimated total of 6,427,137 in 2002,
an increase of 1.2% since 2000. Between 1990 and 2000,
Massachusetts's population grew from 6,016,425 to
6,349,097, an increase of 5.5%. The population is
projected to reach 6.9 million by 2025.
Boston is the capital of and largest
city in Massachusetts, and is one of the oldest cities
in the United States.