Massachusetts County Map 
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County Map Project
MA - Massachusetts

Links updated February 18, 2013
Learn more about Massachusetts and see the county names at Yahoo's Massachusetts page.
See my favorite Massachusetts coffee shops!

Also see resources for my new course: Geography of Brockton.

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As of August, 1997, Massachusetts is my seventh home state. For our first five years, we rented a very lovely home in the center of Bridgewater from a retired BSC professor and his wife. From this home, shown in this aerial photograph, we could walk to work, to church, and to many other places on a daily basis. It was truly a delightful spot! In 2002, we finally bought the first house of our very own. It is even closer to campus, and has its own web page.

I have not found it yet, but according to Zippy the Pinhead, Boston is home to a unique -- and somewhat disturbing -- statue of Mickey Mouse as a lobster.

Ironically -- since I run a county-map page -- in my adopted home state of Massachusetts counties are of almost no practical importance. On highways, town boundaries are clearly marked, but county-line markers are an afterthought, if they exist at all. In fact, the abolition of counties has begun in various ways. Each of the 351 towns and cities of Massachusetts has a separate government, most operated by direct democracy in the form of the traditional New England town meeting. This form of direct democracy is charming, ineffecient, and unlikely to change in my lifetime!

Living just outside of the Hub of the Universe - Boston, that is - I have found the You Might Be from Boston page to be especially useful.

The Davis Family Farm is the best place in Massachusetts to take children for an outing. It features a combination of excellent children's educational activities and a very important livestock conservation program. It is one of the few child-oriented places I have visited that also pays adequate attention to the comfort of the adults who come along. The farm includes a small maze, and across the street is a world-class field maze. Information about both is available on the web site.

If -- like me -- you are a former Southwesternerner looking for real (that is, spicy) food in Massachusetts, give Firefly's a try!

Finally! Timothy Noah of debunks the myth of Taxachusetts. In fact, Massachusetts is dead-last in funding for public higher education and my own town of Bridgewater is so anti-tax that it has nearly killed its library!

Unfortunately, Trashachusett may be a more apt name for this otherwise lovely place, and so, too, may be Crashachusetts.

One of my first explorations in Massachusetts -- and neighboring Rhode Island -- was a HumPhy  field trip to the Blackstone Valley , and I have enjoyed returning with my family on several occasions. (HumPhy is an autumn tradition in our geography program. It is an exploration of a local area from both HUMan and PHYsical geographic perspectives. Faculty and upper-division geography students are included.) 

In both 1998 and 2000, HumPhy was on Cape Cod. Dr. Domingo created an excellent HumPhy 2000 web page, with lovely and fun photos from the Outer Cape.

One very interesting aspect of the Southeastern Massachusetts environment is the annual migration of anadromous fish. The term "herring run" refers both to the migration and to the physical structures that have been built in many places to facilitate the migration around human-made structures (mostly small dams that provided power to New Englands mills in an earlier time). The Weymouth Herring Run is one such structure.

Mapparium The Mapparium is one of Boston's great treasures!

The official site of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is full of great information. You can even make your own maps or download mapping data from MassGIS.

Boston Links provides links to historic sites to in and around Boston. 

So far, I have visited the counties shown in yellow. In August 2001, I visited the charming island of Nantucket, making Massachusetts the eighth state in which I have visited all of the counties. Nantucket is the only jurisdiction in which the name of a town, a county, and an island all coincide. We are fortunate to have friends with a moderately-priced guest house on this increasingly expensive island, where some rooms rent for up to $8,000 per night!

Here's a funny page about Massachusetts linguistic geography: How to Pronounce Massachusetts Town Namesorcestermass. It begins with the author's home town, "WOO-STAH."

Learn about the local Cape Cod school that is erecting its own wind turbine! Beyond teaching about sustainable energy, some officials hope the wind-power industry will keep the next generation working in town.


I have been to 14 out of 14 counties in Massachusetts.

For a very clear map with the county names, visit Delorme's Massachusetts Counties page.

For really good maps and images, visit Color Landform Atlas: Massachusetts .

Explore the rest of the County Map Project or my extensive environmental geography web site.