Plymouth, Wisconsin

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Plymouth, Wisconsin
City
Downtown Plymouth
Downtown Plymouth
Location of Plymouth, Wisconsin
Location of Plymouth, Wisconsin
Coordinates: 43°44′57″N 87°58′36″W / 43.74917°N 87.97667°W / 43.74917; -87.97667Coordinates: 43°44′57″N 87°58′36″W / 43.74917°N 87.97667°W / 43.74917; -87.97667
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Sheboygan
Area[1]
 • Total 5.34 sq mi (13.83 km2)
 • Land 5.26 sq mi (13.62 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation[2] 843 ft (257 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 8,445
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 8,396
 • Density 1,605.5/sq mi (619.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 920
FIPS code 55-63700[5]
GNIS feature ID 1571709[2]
Website www.plymouthgov.com
Plymouth Post Office, a registered historic place
City welcome sign

Plymouth is a city in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, along the Mullet River. It is included in the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located in the Town of Plymouth, but is politically independent. Plymouth is known as "Hub City" because of its location between Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac, and Green Bay. The population was 8,445 at the 2010 census. Mayor Don Pohlman was last reelected in April 2014.

History[edit]

Plymouth was surveyed in 1835 by United States Engineers. One of whom was named Mullet, and the Mullet river was subsequently named after him. The first land sold to a private party was sold to an Englishman named John Law who had emigrated from London. It was sold to Law on August 13, 1836. The next sale was to another Englishman, also from London, named Thomas Margrave. Settlers continued trickling in and the town was organized on April 3, 1849.[6] In the 1840s there was a group of immigrants who arrived from Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Their ancestors had moved to that area from New England shortly after the American Revolution. A large family with the last name Thorpe arrived from Hartford, Connecticut, they were a large family and their farms would become very successful in the Sheboygan area. They were of old New England ancestry. These immigrants being the original pool of settlers in Plymouth gave the region much cultural continuity with New England.[7] In reference to New England the town was named Plymouth, after Plymouth, Massachusetts where the English Pilgrims landed in 1620.[8]

Geography[edit]

Plymouth is located at 43°44′57″N 87°58′36″W / 43.74917°N 87.97667°W / 43.74917; -87.97667 (43.749277, -87.976799).[9]
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.34 square miles (13.83 km2), of which, 5.26 square miles (13.62 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2000 the median age in the city was 40.8 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 8,445 people, 3,710 households, and 2,253 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,605.5 inhabitants per square mile (619.9/km2). There were 4,039 housing units at an average density of 767.9 per square mile (296.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.2% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.4% of the population.

There were 3,710 households of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 40.8 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Education[edit]

Public education for the city and the surrounding area, including the communities of Cascade and Parnell is provided by the Plymouth Joint School District, which consists of the following schools;

  • Plymouth High School
  • Riverview Middle School
  • Parkview Elementary School
  • Fairview Elementary School
  • Horizon Elementary School
  • Cascade Elementary School (Closed as of July 2009)

Parochial schools include:

  • St. John the Baptist Catholic School
  • St. John Lutheran School

Landmarks[edit]

A large Holstein cow named Antoinette is a local landmark. Erected in 1977 during the city's centennial celebration, it stands 20 feet (6.1 m) high and weighs over 1,000 pounds (450 kg).[10] The monument observes the robust dairy industry in the area. Plymouth's Historic Mill Street is the center of all town activity.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-24. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present, Volume 1 By Carl Zillier page 325
  7. ^ History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present, Volume 1, page 326-327
  8. ^ Wisconsin Encyclopedia By Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration, Jennifer L. Herman page 451
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ PlymouthWisconsin.com

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