Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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Plymouth County
County of Plymouth
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First Church Site marker, Men of Kent Cemetery, Meetinghouse Lane, Scituate, Massachusetts
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Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
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Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 41°58′44″N70°49′08″W / 41.978878°N 70.818954°W / 41.978878; -70.818954
CountryFlag of the United States.svg United States
StateFlag of Massachusetts.svg  Massachusetts
Founded2 June 1685
Seat Plymouth and Brockton
Largest cityBrockton
Area
  Total1,093 sq mi (2,830 km2)
  Land659 sq mi (1,710 km2)
  Water434 sq mi (1,120 km2)  40%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2019)
521,202
  Density751/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 4th, 8th, 9th
Website www.plymouthcountyma.gov

Plymouth County is a county in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 494,919. [1] [2] Its county seats [3] are Plymouth and Brockton. [4] In 1685, the county was created by the Plymouth General Court, the legislature of Plymouth Colony, predating its annexation by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Contents

Plymouth County is part of the Boston–Cambridge–Newton, MA–NH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,093 square miles (2,830 km2), of which 659 square miles (1,710 km2) is land and 434 square miles (1,120 km2) (40%) is water. [5] It is the third-largest county in Massachusetts by total area.

Adjacent counties

The towns of Hingham and Hull in Plymouth County extend north of Norfolk County and face onto Massachusetts Bay, sharing a northern water boundary with Suffolk County.

National protected area

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1790 29,512
1800 30,0731.9%
1810 35,16916.9%
1820 38,1368.4%
1830 43,04412.9%
1840 47,37310.1%
1850 55,69717.6%
1860 64,76816.3%
1870 65,3650.9%
1880 74,01813.2%
1890 92,70025.2%
1900 113,98523.0%
1910 144,33726.6%
1920 156,9688.8%
1930 162,3113.4%
1940 168,8244.0%
1950 189,46812.2%
1960 248,44931.1%
1970 333,31434.2%
1980 405,43721.6%
1990 435,2767.4%
2000 472,8228.6%
2010 494,9194.7%
2019 (est.)521,202 [6] 5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [7]
1790–1960 [8] 1900–1990 [9]
1990–2000 [10] 2010–2019 [1]
Jacob Thaxter House in Hingham JacobThaxterHouse.jpg
Jacob Thaxter House in Hingham

2000 census

At the 2000 census there were 472,822 people, 168,361 households, and 122,398 families in the county. The population density was 716 people per square mile (276/km2). There were 181,524 housing units at an average density of 275 per square mile (106/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 88.70% White, 4.56% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 2.44%. [11] were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.0% were of Irish, 12.8% Italian, 10.6% English and 5.1% American ancestry, 90.1% spoke English, 2.5% Spanish, 2.3% Portuguese, 1.5% French Creole and 1.0% French as their first language.

Of the 168,361 households 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.20% of households were one person and 9.00% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.

The age distribution was 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median household income was $55,615 and the median family income was $65,554 (these figures had risen to $70,335 and $82,560 respectively as of a 2007 estimate [12] ). Males had a median income of $45,535 versus $31,389 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,789. About 4.90% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

The leading ancestry group in Plymouth County is Irish, with 31%. Plymouth County, along with Norfolk County, Massachusetts, claims the highest percentage of people with Irish ancestry in the United States. [13]

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 494,919 people, 181,126 households, and 127,925 families in the county. [14] The population density was 750.9 inhabitants per square mile (289.9/km2). There were 200,161 housing units at an average density of 303.7 per square mile (117.3/km2). [15] The racial makeup of the county was 85.5% white, 7.2% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 3.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population. [14] In terms of ancestry, 33.7% were Irish, 15.8% were Italian, 15.3% were English, 7.3% were German, and 3.7% were American. [16]

Of the 181,126 households, 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 23.8% of households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 41.1 years. [14]

The median household income was $73,131 and the median family income was $86,251. Males had a median income of $60,303 versus $43,837 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,333. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over. [17]

Demographic breakdown by town

Income

The ranking of unincorporated communities that are included on the list are reflective if the census designated locations and villages were included as cities or towns. Data is from the 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. [18] [19] [20]

RankTownPer capita
income
Median
household
income
Median
family
income
PopulationNumber of
households
Duxbury CDP $80,077$113,672$218,5421,459555
South Duxbury CDP$68,911$139,712$169,6713,4351,260
Hingham CDP$61,486$104,926$134,6375,8562,117
The Pinehills CDP$58,507$91,875$115,819922488
1 Hingham Town$56,671$99,318$132,74421,9168,046
2 Duxbury Town$55,510$122,396$139,87314,9785,256
3 Norwell Town$48,440$109,167$118,67910,4303,468
Green Harbor CDP$47,993$128,828$134,1572,245876
Marshfield Hills CDP$47,593$102,344$135,3962,485916
4 Scituate Town$47,122$89,485$111,89318,1156,957
Marion Center CDP$45,404$83,413$97,1021,081435
5 Marion Town$43,383$87,793$90,5364,9261,873
6 Hull Town$43,290$72,036$95,96410,3914,672
North Scituate CDP$43,214$84,712$107,6065,3941,955
Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock CDP$42,296$77,245$89,9404,7051,920
7 Marshfield Town$42,269$93,743$110,75625,0599,322
Scituate CDP$40,337$69,388$107,6475,2012,169
8 Hanover Town$39,631$100,982$114,48413,8134,729
North Lakeville CDP$39,363$67,361$103,4562,174840
9 Mattapoisett Town$39,312$82,065$95,5686,0732,436
10 Kingston Town$37,783$77,288$86,48912,5564,624
11 Plympton Town$37,755$93,882$102,7732,799991
Kingston CDP$36,335$67,292$75,6715,6952,250
Marshfield CDP$36,112$71,938$100,8554,5011,838
12 Pembroke Town$35,228$82,064$98,15617,7406,291
Massachusetts State$35,051$65,981$83,3716,512,2272,522,409
13 Lakeville Town$35,010$93,260$104,41610,5333,586
Plymouth Center CDP$34,997$51,463$80,9246,9003,177
14 Rochester Town$34,994$98,728$104,4965,1591,699
15 Halifax Town$34,880$83,522$89,4567,5162,798
Mattapoisett Center CDP$34,877$65,034$85,7582,8981,223
Plymouth CountyCounty$34,285$74,698$88,110492,934178,996
16 Plymouth Town$33,891$76,631$90,76456,01120,946
17 West Bridgewater Town$33,590$80,729$95,1826,8962,432
18 Abington Town$33,386$81,677$92,83915,8415,962
19 Hanson Town$32,864$89,000$96,70510,1483,436
North Pembroke CDP$32,239$74,866$80,7763,0901,180
20 East Bridgewater Town$31,802$79,676$98,11313,7044,682
21 Whitman Town$31,378$74,610$87,71314,4305,192
22 Middleborough Town$31,179$73,490$85,76922,8078,059
West Wareham CDP$31,166$43,029$63,4522,178963
Hanson CDP$30,630$88,750$95,0851,932666
23 Rockland Town$30,325$63,896$74,20317,5156,912
24 Bridgewater Town$29,460$88,697$101,64126,5087,927
25 Carver Town$29,176$70,608$85,99611,4814,286
26 Wareham Town$28,066$52,556$64,89121,6739,176
United States Country$27,915$52,762$64,293306,603,772114,761,359
Weweantic CDP$27,543$45,833$51,5632,008870
North Plymouth CDP$27,533$54,000$77,9523,7401,452
Onset CDP$27,391$41,458$44,5071,026605
Wareham Center CDP$27,391$45,392$54,3573,1221,533
Middleborough Center CDP$26,763$59,112$76,1116,5932,407
White Island Shores CDP$25,656$88,519$91,2502,186680
Bridgewater CDP$22,994$60,744$79,6217,7242,359
27 Brockton City$22,312$49,848$57,22893,91633,238

Government and politics

From the late 19th to late 20th centuries, Plymouth County was a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. From 1876 to 1988, only three Democrats carried the county: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter. Since 1992, however, it has become solidly Democratic, though less so relative to other counties in the state. In 2012, Mitt Romney lost the county by 4.2 points, the closest a Republican has come to winning a county in Massachusetts since 1988. However, it has become more Democratic over the years with Biden winning the county by a solid 17.4 percent margin, the largest margin since 1984 and the largest margin for a Democrat since 1964

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [21]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 40.1% 121,22757.5%173,6302.3% 6,959
2016 42.5% 115,36950.0%135,5137.5% 20,295
2012 47.2% 121,08651.4%131,8451.4% 3,600
2008 45.2% 112,90452.8%131,8172.0% 5,096
2004 45.3% 105,60353.7%125,1781.1% 2,516
2000 39.1% 82,75154.5%115,3766.4% 13,450
1996 33.3% 64,62654.7%106,07212.0% 23,313
1992 33.5% 69,51438.1%79,16028.4% 59,036
1988 54.6%105,68443.7% 84,5871.7% 3,209
1984 60.2%105,23039.4% 68,9230.4% 618
1980 49.4%85,59333.9% 58,77216.7% 28,883
1976 45.4% 74,68450.9%83,6633.7% 6,086
1972 52.1%76,06247.3% 69,1240.6% 878
1968 42.7% 54,64453.0%67,7714.3% 5,562
1964 31.5% 37,94168.2%82,0070.3% 387
1960 51.5%60,97748.3% 57,1750.2% 197
1956 71.2%75,57528.6% 30,3770.2% 209
1952 67.2%67,92232.5% 32,8150.3% 305
1948 57.5%48,92540.8% 34,7651.7% 1,456
1944 59.3%47,24540.5% 32,2900.2% 174
1940 58.2%48,61741.2% 34,4810.6% 508
1936 53.8%41,94239.1% 30,4667.2% 5,602
1932 57.4%37,72939.8% 26,1372.9% 1,878
1928 62.0%41,36237.3% 24,8870.8% 517
1924 69.0%34,72817.6% 8,86313.4% 6,764
1920 73.5%33,58220.5% 9,3735.9% 2,708
1916 52.5%13,51542.8% 11,0094.8% 1,228
1912 23.6% 5,59029.6% 6,99146.8%11,072
1908 62.4%13,23625.0% 5,29512.6% 2,674
1904 60.9%12,67127.6% 5,74611.5% 2,392
1900 60.7%10,81326.2% 4,66513.2% 2,343
1896 76.5%13,40519.4% 3,3964.1% 716
1892 57.0%10,50139.6% 7,2963.5% 637
1888 58.3%9,36637.9% 6,0863.9% 618
1884 52.7%7,65330.7% 4,45516.6% 2,410
1880 64.1%8,94233.4% 4,6592.5% 355
1876 64.7%8,31035.2% 4,5180.2% 19

The executive authority of the County government is vested in the County Commissioners. The current Commissioners are Chairman Gregory M. Hanley [22] [23] (D- Plymouth), Sandra M. Wright [22] [24] (R- Bridgewater), and Jared L. Valanzola (R- Rockland). Register of Deeds John R. Buckley, Jr. [25] (D- Brockton), Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald [26] (R- Kingston), County Treasurer Thomas J. O'Brien [27] (D- Kingston), and Clerk of Courts Robert S. Creedon. Jr. [28] (D- Brockton), also serve as elected officials of the county of Plymouth.

County seal

The seal was adopted by the Plymouth County Commissioners on March 31, 1931 under the authority of the General Laws, Chapter 34, Section 14, and was designed by Frederic T. Bailey of North Scituate who was, at that time and for many years, Chairman of the county commissioners.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 17, 2018 [29]
PartyNumber of votersPercentage
Democratic 93,57125.91%
Republican 46,85612.97%
Unenrolled215,24759.59%
Minor Parties1,3220.37%
Total361,186100%

Media

For television, the city is served by the Boston and Providence media markets; no television stations are located within the county.

Radio stations located in Plymouth County include:

Call signFrequencyCity of license [30] [31] Licensee [31] [32] Format [ citation needed ]
WATD-FM MarshfieldMarshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc.Adult contemporary
WBMS 1460 AMBrocktonMarshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc.Adult contemporary
WBIM-FM BridgewaterBridgewater State UniversityCollege radio, alternative
WPLM 1390 AMPlymouthPlymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc.Various
WPLM-FM PlymouthPlymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc.Adult contemporary
WRPS RocklandRockland Public SchoolsHigh school radio
WSMA ScituateCalvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Inc.Religious
WVBF 1530 AMMiddleborough CenterSteven J. CallahanTalking Information Center
WWTA MarionTabor AcademyHigh school radio
WZRM BrocktoniHM Licenses, LLCSpanish CHR

The first radio broadcast in history was made in 1906, from the Brant Rock neighborhood in the town of Marshfield.

The Brockton Enterprise is the only daily newspaper published in the county, although the Quincy Patriot Ledger has extensive coverage of the South Shore of Massachusetts generally and Plymouth County in particular.

There are numerous weekly newspapers published in the county, including:

Many were operated by the Memorial Press Group, based in Plymouth, until the chain was sold to GateHouse Media in 2006. The flagship of the group was the Old Colony Memorial, the oldest continually published weekly newspaper in New England, first published in 1822.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other villages

See also

Footnotes

  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  2. "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Plymouth County, Massachusetts". www.census.gov. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  3. The term shire town is the statutory term for the Massachusetts town having a county court and administration offices, but county seat is the standard term used in general communications by the Massachusetts government. See, for example: Secretary of the Commonwealth: A Listing of Counties and the Cities and Towns Within http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistcoun.htm.
  4. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  6. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates" . Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  8. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  9. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  11. "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau . Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Community Facts". factfinder.census.gov. Archived from the original on February 11, 2020. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. 1 2 3 "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  16. "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  17. "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  18. "SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  19. "ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  20. "HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  21. Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.
  22. 1 2 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. Feijo, Sara. "Hanley, Pallotta win Plymouth County Commissioner seat". patriotledger.com.
  24. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  25. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. "Home Page - Plymouth County Retirement Association". www.pcr-ma.org.
  27. "Massachusetts Court System". Mass.gov.
  28. "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 17, 2018" (PDF). Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  29. FM Query – FM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  30. 1 2 AM Query – AM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  31. FM Query – FM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  32. "Abington Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Abington, MA". Abington Mariner.
  33. "June 13, 2018 - Duxbury Clipper: Your Hometown Newspaper since 1950". www.duxburyclipper.com.
  34. "Wicked Local Duxbury: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Duxbury, MA". Wicked Local Duxbury.
  35. "Halifax-Plympton Reporter: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Halifax, MA". Halifax.
  36. "The Hingham Journal: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Hingham, MA". The Hingham Journal.
  37. "Marshfield Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Marshfield, MA". Marshfield Mariner.
  38. "Wicked Local Plymouth: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Plymouth, MA". Wicked Local Plymouth.
  39. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  40. "Pembroke Mariner & Express: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Pembroke, MA". Pembroke Mariner & Express.
  41. "Scituate Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Scituate, MA". Scituate Mariner.
  42. "The Wanderer". www.wanderer.com.

Further reading

Coordinates: 41°59′N70°44′W / 41.99°N 70.74°W / 41.99; -70.74

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