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|Low State Taxes Ranking: 43
Low Cost of Living Ranking: 41
State Economy Ranking: 21
|Average Temperatures (Boston):
The Short of It
What food best represents Massachusetts?
- Every ethnic food imaginable! 1
- Clam chowder 2
- Linguica (Portuguese sausage) 3
- Seafood 4
What song best represents Massachusetts?
How does MA refer to a carbonated beverage drink?
- Soda 1, 2, 3
- Tonic 4
If you could take a friend to one place in MA, where would it be?
- Downtown Boston historical tour 1
- Cape Cod 2
- West Island Beach in Fairhaven 3
- Boston, Symphony Hall (musician’s wife here ;)) 4
Cobblestone road in Beacon Hill/Boston
The Long of It
Biggest misconception about MA?
- I suppose one misconception is that people up here are a bunch of liberal hippies. Of course, you will find more of that type of person up here than, say, South Carolina, but not as many people are “shoving their philosophy down your throat” as people in the South might have you believe. 1
- That we’re all either elitist pricks or drunken morons who can’t pronounce the letter ‘R’. Look, we have a lot of college and universities in our state. After all, we were one of the original 13 colonies, so we’ve been around for a while. And yes, Southie gets a lot of coverage as far as hooliganism is concerned. But there are plenty of polite, educated people here who are proud of our history but also proud of Texas, Wisconsin, or California. 3
- That it is too expensive to live here and that everyone is rude. (You just came from here, not true is it?!) OFB Note: Affirmative. Not true. 4
Best aspect about living in MA?
- Tons of state parks, amazing US historical sites (e.g., Walden Pond, site of the Boston Tea Party, Salem,etc.), a more liberal outlook on a lot of issues… Boston strong! 1
- Cape Cod and New England charm. 2
- The seasons. We may complain when we get snowstorms in April, but you can’t beat how much one location can change in just a few passing weeks. 3
- The abundance of cultural opportunities and the open minded people. It is a diverse state, and there is always something to do. The education is among the best in the world, in addition to healthcare. You get everything you need for big city living from Boston, and the small town feel from the surrounding neighborhoods. You are surrounded by gorgeous New England scenery, and other awesome states are just a short drive away. 4
Worst aspect about living in MA?
- The winter! The cold lasts from October through April — and that is just a long time to be cold. 1
- Winter/cold. 2
- Trying to drive in Boston. Don’t do it. Seriously, just don’t. The city was designed when horses were only for rich folk and everybody else walked everywhere. Take the T or give yourself some extra time and just walk, the city isn’t that big after all and a little exercise never hurt anyone. 3
- OK, I admit, it is a bit expensive. But I consider myself a very frugal person and I find the benefits far outweighs the costs. And it is not overly expensive because salaries compensate. 4
Summarize your feelings about Massachusetts in five words.
- Both city and country. Diverse. 1
- Boston, you’re my home. 2
- I wouldn’t live anywhere else. 3
- Community, opportunity, beauty, I love. 4
Our Freaking Take
We were fortunate to have recently called Massachusetts home. And while our time there was short lived (about a year), we can understand the draw that attracts and keeps people in the Bay State. Since we were carless, we really weren’t able to explore much outside of Boston (save a single trip to Walden Pond with some friends), so we hope to be able to explore the rest of what the state has to offer on our next New England road trip. As mentioned above, the winter was a little (a lot) longer than we like, but Boston in the summer is hard to beat. We miss our nightly walks around the harbor and North End. We miss Fenway Park. We miss the pizza and cash-only burger joint down our street that was definitely run by the mafia. We don’t know if MA is in our forever place cards, but we definitely won’t rule it out.
How did these answers line up with your perception of Massachusetts? Have your thoughts on the state changed after reading this? Could you see it fitting your forever-place bill?