The capital of Massachusetts is Boston. oday the lure of the sea results in nearly equal popularity for all of the towns along the coast, where sunbathing, swimming, yachting, and fishing are a way of life. Besides those on Cape Cod, among these coastal towns are Plymouth, with its long harbour; Duxbury, Marshfield, Scituate, and Cohasset, the first suburbs of Boston to spring up during colonial days; Hingham, with its boating bays; Revere and Lynn, known for their beaches; Marblehead, one of the great yachting capitals of the world; and Gloucester and Cape Ann, famous for fishing. Boston is surrounded by numerous bedroom communities, such as Belmont, Brookline, Malden, Milton, and Newton. Other urban centres include Springfield, Worcester, Fall River–New Bedford, Lowell-Lawrence, Pittsfield, and Fitchburg. These cities, which grew large during the Industrial Revolution, have since declined in population.