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Q: In the latest Census data, Boston is the only city in Massachusetts to rank among the  most populous in the nation. A century ago, in the 1910 Census, no fewer than 12 Massachusetts cities ranked among the top 100. How many can you name? (Answers below.)


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A: (In descending order) Boston, Worcester, Fall River, Lowell, Cambridge, New Bedford, Lynn, Springfield, Lawrence, Somerville, Holyoke, & Brockton.

Source: http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/ twps0027/twps0027.html

Bonus: Search the source for tables from years farther back in the 1800s to see Massachusetts cities or towns such as Salem, Gloucester, Charlestown (which has since been annexed to Boston), & even Newburyport make the list.

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