|County of Plymouth|
Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
|Founded||2 June 1685|
|Seat||Plymouth and Brockton|
|• Total||1,093 sq mi (2,830 km2)|
|• Land||659 sq mi (1,710 km2)|
|• Water||434 sq mi (1,120 km2) 40%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||751/sq mi (290/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||4th, 8th, 9th|
Plymouth County is a county in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 494,919.Its county seats are Plymouth and Brockton. In 1685, the county was created by the Plymouth General Court, the legislature of Plymouth Colony, predating its annexation by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Plymouth County is part of the Boston–Cambridge–Newton, MA–NH Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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. It is the third-largest county in Massachusetts by total area.
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.
|U.S. Decennial 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%. 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). 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.
At the 2010 census, there were 494,919 people, 181,126 households, and 127,925 families in the county. 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). 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock||CDP||$42,296||$77,245||$89,940||4,705||1,920|
|White Island Shores||CDP||$25,656||$88,519||$91,250||2,186||680|
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
The executive authority of the County government is vested in the County Commissioners. The current Commissioners are Chairman Gregory M. Hanley(D- Plymouth), Sandra M. Wright (R- Bridgewater), and Jared L. Valanzola (R- Rockland). Register of Deeds John R. Buckley, Jr. (D- Brockton), Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald (R- Kingston), County Treasurer Thomas J. O'Brien (D- Kingston), and Clerk of Courts Robert S. Creedon. Jr. (D- Brockton), also serve as elected officials of the county of Plymouth.
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|
|Party||Number of voters||Percentage|
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 sign||Frequency||City of license||Licensee||Format [ citation needed ]|
|WATD-FM||95.9 FM||Marshfield||Marshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc.||Adult contemporary|
|WBMS||1460 AM||Brockton||Marshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc.||Adult contemporary|
|WBIM-FM||91.5 FM||Bridgewater||Bridgewater State University||College radio, alternative|
|WPLM||1390 AM||Plymouth||Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc.||Various|
|WPLM-FM||99.1 FM||Plymouth||Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc.||Adult contemporary|
|WRPS||88.3 FM||Rockland||Rockland Public Schools||High school radio|
|WSMA||90.5 FM||Scituate||Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Inc.||Religious|
|WVBF||1530 AM||Middleborough Center||Steven J. Callahan||Talking Information Center|
|WWTA||88.5 FM||Marion||Tabor Academy||High school radio|
|WZRM||97.7 FM||Brockton||iHM Licenses, LLC||Spanish 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.
East Bridgewater is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 13,794 at the 2010 census. It is also a part of the 8th district, of which it is represented by Stephen Lynch.
Halifax is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 7,518 at the 2010 census.
Norwell is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 10,506 at the 2010 Census. The town's southeastern border runs along the North River.
Pembroke is a small historic town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. Pembroke is a South Shore suburb of the Boston metropolitan area. The town is located about halfway between Boston and Cape Cod. As of 2021, the median home value in Pembroke was $529,000. The population was 17,837 at the 2010 census.
Plympton is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 2,820 at the 2010 census. The United States senator William Bradford was born here.
Rockland is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 17,489 at the 2010 census. As of December 31, 2009, there were 11,809 registered voters in the community.
Duxbury is a historic seaside town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. A suburb located on the South Shore approximately 35 miles (56 km) to the southeast of Boston, the population was 15,059 at the 2010 census.
Hanson is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States and is one of the inland towns of the South Shore. The population was 10,209 at the 2010 census.
Kingston is a coastal town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 12,629 at the 2010 census.
Marshfield is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on Massachusetts's South Shore. The population was 25,132 at the 2010 census.
Scituate is a seacoast town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on the South Shore, midway between Boston and Plymouth. The population was 18,133 at the 2010 census.
The Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) oversees and coordinates public and medical transportation in the areas of Attleboro and Taunton, Massachusetts and 24 nearby areas. It operates daily fixed bus routes, commuter shuttle services and Dial-A-Ride services for seniors and persons with disabilities within communities in Bristol, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties. GATRA is based at the Bloom Bus Terminal in Taunton.
Massachusetts's 9th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts. It is represented by Democrat William R. Keating. The 9th district is the least Democratic Congressional District in Massachusetts according to the PVI.
Massachusetts's 10th congressional district was a small district that included parts of the South Shore of Massachusetts, and all of Cape Cod and the islands. The District had existed since 1795, but was removed for the 113th Congress in 2013 as district lines were redrawn to accommodate the loss of the seat due to reapportionment as a result of the 2010 Census. Effective from the elections of 2012, most of the former district falls into the new Massachusetts 9th congressional district, with some northern portions falling in the new 8th district.
Massachusetts's sixteenth congressional district is an obsolete district. It was also for a short time in the early 19th century a Massachusetts District of Maine. It was eliminated in 1933 after the 1930 Census. Its last location was in eastern Massachusetts at Cape Cod. Its last Congressman was Charles L. Gifford, who was redistricted into the fifteenth district.
Southeastern Massachusetts consists of those portions of Massachusetts located along Buzzards Bay, including the cities of New Bedford and Fall River and their respective suburbs. Despite the location of Cape Cod and the islands to its south, which are the southeasternmost parts of the state, they are not always grouped in this designation. At its broadest definition, it includes all of Massachusetts south of Boston and southeast of Worcester.
Mariner Group, based in Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States, was a chain of weekly newspapers in the suburban South Shore near Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1972 with one paper, the Marshfield Mariner, the group was sold in 1989 to Capital Cities/ABC and again in 1995 to Fidelity Investments, which dissolved it into Community Newspaper Company a few months later.
Memorial Press Group, based in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States, was a chain of weekly newspapers along the South Shore near Boston, Massachusetts. Long owned by The Patriot Ledger in nearby Quincy, MPG and its daily parent were sold to GateHouse Media in 2006.