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Biggest cities in Massachusetts: How Well Do You Know The Bay State?

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If you had to take a quiz listing the biggest cities in Massachusetts, how many could you name?

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Of course there’s Boston, the iconic city of the Bay State known for its World Series baseball team, the original Tea Party, a breed of terriers, and cream pie — the state’s dessert. And Cambridge, the second largest city, home to Harvard and MIT, would also be on many non-Bay Staters’ lists. But what other metros make the biggest cities list?

Here is the ranking rundown of the state’s Top 5 largest cities, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau

1. Boston, population 645,966 in 2014 and growing. The state capitol is also the largest city in New England and the 24th largest city in the United States in population. The 48 square-mile city draping an Atlantic Ocean bay is one of the oldest in the United States. The city is part of Greater Boston, a designated metropolitan area with a population of 4.5 million making it the 10th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

2. Worcester, population 182,544, a city in the heart of Massachusetts. The city, once an industrial center, is now home to leading biotech research and development centers and universities, including University of Massachusetts Medical School.

3. Springfield, population 153,703, a metropolis spanning 32 square miles near the mid-southern border of the state. The city, like most of Massachusetts, has a majority of Democratic voters, with 52 percent registered on average in the last seven years according to the Massachusetts Elections Division. The city is often referred to as “Hoop City” because the game of basketball was invented here. 

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4. Lowell, population 108,861, a city northwest of Boston. CVS Pharmacy was founded in Lowell in 1963. The city is home to leading technology and financial companies, including JP Morgan and Motorola, according to the city’s website.

5. Cambridge, population 107,289, the seat of world-famous universities and a list of inventions and successful startups that few cities can rival. Facebook, spreadsheets, the instant camera, Guitar Hero, Email and radar are just a few. In November, Forbes ranked the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area as the “smartest” in America with the highest concentration of colleges and number of residents with bachelor’s degrees or above.

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If you had to take a quiz listing the biggest cities in Massachusetts, how many could you name? Of course there's Boston, the iconic city of the Bay State known for its World Series baseball team and the original Tea Party. What others can you name?
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