Massachusetts February 27, 2018
8 Undeniable Differences Between The Eastern And Western Parts Of Massachusetts
The eastern and western halves of Massachusetts can feel like separate states sometimes. From wildly different landscapes to the way each side enjoys a summer day, there are plenty of ways Massachusetts can be split down the middle. How many of these can you relate to?
1. There are way more people in the east.
Bet you didn’t know that 80 percent of Massachusetts citizens live in the Boston metro area. Hampden, Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin counties are home to about 830,000 people total, according to the most recent census. Compare that to 4.7 million people in the greater Boston area alone.
In western Massachusetts, driving 20 minutes to get to the nearest store is no big deal. In the eastern part of the state, not being able to see a CVS from your house is considered isolated.
3. A "beach day" means different things.
People in the east have better access to the coast, which means a day is on the shore is more likely to involve the actual ocean. Meanwhile, people in the western part of the state will probably head to a nearby lake or pond.
4. The accents can be different.
Everyone is familiar with the "classic" Boston accent. On the flip side, people from the extreme western part of the state can actually pick up what most people would think of as a New York accent. However, most people seem to fall somewhere in between.
5. And the terrain is definitely very different.
Western Massachusetts is known for its rolling hills, mountains, fertile farmland and wide-open spaces. Eastern Massachusetts is pretty flat with greater urban sprawl, as well as unique environments like coastal swampland, dune cliffs and sandy beaches.
6. Sports loyalties vary.
You can pretty much assume someone from the eastern part of the state will be rooting for the Patriots or Red Sex. However, western Massachusetts’ proximity to New York means that you’ll find a decent number of Giants and Yankees fans.
7. Seasons are done differently.
People in the east likely associate Christmas with skating at the Boston Common Frog Pond, Halloween with trips to Salem and the Fourth of July with fireworks over the nearest harbor. In western Mass., you’re more likely to head to Yankee Candle Village or Bright Nights at Forest Park to celebrate Christmas, hang out at Tanglewood in the summer and head to the Big E in the fall.
8. Dunkin’ Donuts
Actually, we all love Dunks equally.
What other ways do you think eastern and western Massachusetts are different or similar? Let us know in the comments! For more about life in Massachusetts, check out
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