Massachusetts is so much more than lobsters, Harvard and the Red Sox. For anyone looking to relocate to the Bay State, there are many surprises that await. We have done some digging and found some of the top things you need to know prior to your move.
- Moving to MA means you will need to be prepared for long, cold, snow-filled winters. It gets big snowstorms, and major accumulation, as well as black ice and freezing rain.
- Fall is amazingly scenic and a major attraction for tourists and residents.
- Be prepared for crazy, busy traffic if you live anywhere near Boston. The densely populated metropolitan area and narrow streets in the nation's oldest city make travel at rush hour very slow.
- Hockey, football, basketball, and baseball lovers will love the perfect city. The Bruins, Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox are the pride of every Massachusetts and New England area resident.
- Tourists are everywhere. Boston is one of the most visited cities in the nation. Coastal communities like Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod are the vacation spots of the rich and famous.
- There are impressive job opportunities in a variety of high tech industries, finance, higher education, and more. It is an economically powerful city.
- History abounds in Massachusetts. The Boston Tea Party, Revolutionary War sites, historic homes, Salem witch trials, and many of the oldest businesses in the country are there.
- Culture is also rich in the state. It hosts numerous big name concerts yearly, is home to the Boston Pops, music festivals, and impressive museums, including living museums.
- Massachusetts has its own delightful cuisine featuring lobster, clam chowder, an array of seafood, Boston cream pie, baked beans, and cranberry everything.
- Higher education is a hallmark of Mass. Being home to the oldest higher learning institute in the nation ' Harvard ' it is only fitting that it is also home to an array of top schools like MIT, Cambridge, Boston College, Wellesley, Amherst, and more.
- Home prices are extremely high in Boston. Land is at a premium and in many neighborhoods, owning a home does not guarantee you a parking spot for your car. However, living outside the city, especially if it is not in a college town can be much more affordable.
- Rentals are mostly available during summer months, and it can be quite competitive to get one.
- The Massachusetts accent is very distinct and one you will need to become accustomed to.
- Massachusetts is a progressive state for same sex couples.
- Outdoor activities are abundant. Hiking, camping, fishing, boating, and biking are favorites of New England residents.
- Impressive choice is available in high speed Internet, telephone service, cell phone service and TV in densely populated eastern Massachusetts. However rural mountainous western and central Mass has much less choice. To find out what's available in your new community, a zip code search tool can help.
Good luck with your upcoming move to the Bay State.