Best and Worst States: Pros and Cons of Living in Massachusetts

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A state in the U.S., Massachusetts is located on the east coast. The state was one of the original 13 states and is one of the six New England states. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (officially known as the Commonwealth) is bordered by Vermont and New Hampshire to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east and southeast, Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, and New York to the west. In terms of total area, it is the seventh smallest state in the United States. Boston, the state's most populous city, is the state's capital. In 1635, English explorer and colonist John Smith named Massachusetts after the Massachuset tribe. The tribe's name translates as "near the great hill," which may refer to Blue Hill, a small hill situated south of Boston. Massachusetts residents blend the prototypical Yankee spirit of an earlier America with the energies of the immigrants who migrated to its cities in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Like for all the places, moving to Massachusetts has a list of the pros and cons of doing it. However, you can be sure that living in this state can be a great opportunity, primarily if you want a peaceful environment in which to do your job and raise a family. Still, finding out what are the good and bad sides can be beneficial. In this way, you will know not only how to adapt to this state, but you will also learn how to organize for your relocation. 

Here are some of the pros and cons of living in Massachusetts. Let us start with the pros below:

1. Massachusetts offers a thriving jobs market.

There is a plentiful job market in a number of different industries in Massachusetts, which is why most people decide to move there. Technology, finance, and life sciences tend to offer the most opportunities, although you will also find plenty of entrepreneurs and start-ups in the state. As well, some of the country's biggest companies have offices here, including Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, Fidelity Investments, and Merck.

To land your dream job, get your resume up-to-date and consider working with a job placement coach.

2. The educational opportunities in Massachusetts are plentiful.

Massachusetts Public Schools has an astonishing number of schools, so most children and their families can find a program that meets their needs. You should investigate the neighborhoods in your state. In order to find schools in your neighborhood that can meet your preferences, you should investigate the neighborhoods in your state. There are both advantages and disadvantages to the state's school district, but it tends to prepare kids for a job or college.

This category is also a benefit of the University setting in the state. The MIT and Harvard campuses are close to where you live, as are Cambridge and Boston universities. 

Let us check these cons, which may not be so entertaining for you to know about Massachusetts:

1. Your home should be in close proximity to your place of employment.

Massachusetts is a state filled with commuters. Due to this transportation structure, you should choose a neighborhood near your workplace so you do not have to travel too far. Ideally, the location should be within walking or cycling distance, or at least be on the same train line. 

If you must commute to the state, then the suburbs to consider are Belmont, Worcester, and Cambridge. The further out you go, the homes will become cheaper. For example, a single-family property in Worcester averages about $500,000 less than one in Cambridge and $700,000 less than Belmont.

2. The public transportation system is not as efficient as it could be.

Designated commuter trains run on schedules to help you cut down on your morning commute once you figure out the system. You will also notice that the public transit system uses some of the oldest tunnels still in operation in the United States. You will need to know the red, blue, and orange subway lines to navigate the system appropriately. Keep in mind that the trains do not run after 1 AM, so you'll need to plan your outings accordingly. Taxis, Lyft, and Uber, are all standard in the early hours of the morning.

Bonus: Here are more fun facts about Massachussets that might interest you:

  1. America’s national anthem was written by Francis Scott Key a Maryland lawyer. It is believed Key wrote the anthem on September 14, 1814 while watching the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor.
  2. Since May 30th, 1949 the United States flag has flown continuously over the monument marking the site of Francis Scott Key’s birthplace. The flag flies at Terra Rubra Farm, Carroll County, Keymar, Maryland as mandated by a Joint Resolution of Congress.
  3. The National Aquarium is located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
  4. The 1,200 foot Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore is the second longest continuous truss bridge in the nation.
  5. The 4.03 mile William Preston Lane Memorial (The Bay Bridge), joins the western part of Maryland to the eastern shore and crosses the Chesapeake Bay.
  6. Annapolis is known as the sailing capital of the world.
  7. Located in the Chesapeake Bay, Smith Island is Maryland’s only inhabited off-shore island.
  8. The highest point in Maryland is 3,360 feet above sea level on Backbone Mountain in Garrett County. The absolute lowest point in Maryland is a depression, often called Bloody Point Hole, 174 feet below sea level. The area is located approximately 1 mile west-southwest of the southern tip of Kent Island in Queen Anne’s County.
  9. The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use.
  10. Chincoteague’s are famous ponies from Assateague Island.

Please share with us your thoughts about Massachussets in the comment section below!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/plenty-jobs-saugus-ma

https://www.edweek.org/policy-politics/educational-opportunities-and-performance-in-massachusetts/2019/01

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-transportation

https://www.50states.com/facts/maryland.htm

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