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WELCOME TO MASSACHUSETTS

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Welcome to Massachusetts—the geographical center of New England, the focal point of its rich tradition and diverse lifestyle—and the most dynamic metropolitan center in this dynamic six-state region. As a microcosm of everything that characterizes New England, Massachusetts is a study in contrasts. Eastern Massachusetts harmonizes Revolutionary-era history with modern sophistication, the invigorating with the relaxing, stability with progress, and tradition with innovation. Western Massachusetts integrates the natural beauty of the Berkshires with first-rate urban amenities and small-town charm.

Eastern Massachusetts divides naturally into major quadrants: Greater Boston, the North Shore, North West, Metro West, the South Shore, and the South West. One glimpse of Boston's impressive skyline explains why this region has remained for centuries at the forefront of high-technology industries and such diverse fields as research and development, medicine, education, commerce, and applied technology. The business climate supports a wide range of successful enterprises, from Fortune 500 leaders to emerging firms developing and capitalizing on tomorrow’s technologies. Some of the oldest and most prosperous industrial and commercial undertakings in the country call Massachusetts home. Many of our nation's largest and most respected corporations maintain headquarters or major regional offices in Massachusetts, joining a significant number of international businesses.
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Considering the region's economic leadership and strength, it is little wonder that transportation facilities are efficient, well-planned, well-managed, and comprehensive. A network of highways is available for commuters to urban employment centers, making it possible for residents to enjoy the relaxed lifestyle and slower pace of a rural community or agricultural area. Massachusetts is near the top of the list for the number of interstate highways in proportion to its geographic area. Bus service is available from Boston's South Station to key destinations, and Amtrak provides a fast, comfortable ride between New York and Boston with intermediate stops. The nation's oldest subway system—which features a modernized fleet—adds to the travel options within Boston, which is also home to Logan International Airport.

In the fields of education and healthcare, the very name of "Massachusetts" is synonymous with excellence, innovation, research, and leadership. The strength of the educational system dates back three centuries to the first public school and our nation's first college—Harvard University. Listed among the 120 institutions of higher learning in Massachusetts are some of the world's most prestigious halls of higher learning. A network of community colleges and state colleges provide affordable, quality opportunities for degree programs and continued studies.

Pivotal to Eastern Massachusetts’ growing prominence as a leader in bio-medical research are the internationally renowned institutions of Harvard University School of Medicine and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The region has a unique concentration of healthcare facilities, and teaching hospitals that lead the field in the most advanced treatment of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and organ implants as well as in bio-medical technology. The list of hospitals, specialty institutions, and medical centers that enjoy an international reputation would fill an entire "Who's Who" book. Thousands of doctors and dentists in private practice located throughout the region provide residents with highly specialized medical and critical care services.
Lifestyle
Massachusetts offers an unparalleled kaleidoscope of historical and cultural riches, beginning with Boston's exceptional permanent companies for all four of the performing arts: Boston Symphony & Pops Orchestra, opera, dance, and theatre. Popular music is equally available in venues that range from coffee houses to the new Fleet Center, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins. Dazzling venues host the top names in entertainment on regional, national, and international levels. Metropolitan Boston also serves as a proving ground for exciting new talent, from pre-Broadway runs to the introduction of artists who eventually capture global attention.

Throughout the cities, villages, boroughs, and towns of Massachusetts, history comes alive in wonderful museums and premier historic sites. From the first pilgrim's step at Plymouth Rock or the Paul Revere's path into the rural towns west of Boston, historic legends abound in beautiful monuments and fascinating museums. In addition to the reminders of pivotal Revolutionary events like the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, the Freedom Trail winds its way through Boston's historic heart. Many special events and local festivals celebrate the region's rich heritage.

Newcomers will find the residents of Massachusetts to be intellectually stimulating and physically fit. The diverse terrain and community resources invite a myriad of sports and activities. More than 1,000 lakes and ponds combine with 1,900 miles of coastline to offer nearly 60 fresh water sites and more than 20 saltwater locations for boating, fishing, and water sports. Miles of trails wind along river banks or through lush woodland, beckoning runners, mountain bikers, and hikers. Both downhill and cross-country skiing enthusiasts can test their skills on snow-capped mountain slopes and backwoods trails. Without a doubt, Massachusetts is nature's playground, whether your interest is windsurfing, swimming , horseback riding, hang gliding, biking, skiing, sailing, tennis, or golf.

Aficionados of spectator sports will find four-season thrills in Massachusetts, home to a professional team for each of the five major sports. The abundance of leading colleges and universities ensures first-class Division 1A collegiate competition as well. Quality horse and dog racing tracks guarantee suspense in live action and simulcast.

Each and every season brings its wonders to Massachusetts, from quintessential "postcard" holiday scenes to the syrup buckets decorating maple trees in the early spring. Eventually, the brilliant blooms of summer transform into the golden fields surrounded by fiery autumn splendor. Premier department stores mix with the home-spun delights of farmers markets and craft boutiques. Antiques and collectibles blend with high fashion and name-brand merchandise.

Massachusetts is home to exceptional residential choices, ranging from Boston's undeniable sophistication to the suburban ambience of charming New England communities. Condominiums and townhouses in the heart of the bustling city contrast with the sprawling acreage of stately old farm house, a vintage Victorian, or a charming colonial. Perhaps the meticulous landscaping and handsome architectural lines of a country mansion is your dream. Regardless of the city or town you choose to call home, Massachusetts an idyllic place to plant roots for a life that grows richer with each passing year.
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