9 Facts About Massachusetts

1. Government of Massachusetts is divided into three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.

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2. In 2014 and 2015, Massachusetts was ranked as the most energy efficient state the United States while Boston is the most efficient city, but it had the third-highest electricity prices of any state.

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3. In 2013, Massachusetts scored highest of all the states in math and third-highest in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

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4. Along the western border of Western Massachusetts lies the highest elevated part of the state, the Berkshires.

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5. On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voted in favor of The Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Question 4.

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6. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the US to legalize same-sex marriage after a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling in November 2003 determined that the exclusion of same-sex couples from the right to a civil marriage was unconstitutional.

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7. In 1966, Massachusetts became the first state to directly elect an African American to the US senate with Edward Brooke.

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8. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first US state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the decision in Goodridge v Department of Public Health by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

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9. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is the most populous city in New England.

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