Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Seal of Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Seal
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Plymouth County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the United States highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location in the U.S.
Founded 1685
Seat Plymouth and Brockton
Largest city Brockton
Area
 • Total 1,093.39 sq mi (2,832 km2)
 • Land 660.85 sq mi (1,712 km2)
 • Water 432.54 sq mi (1,120 km2), 39.56%
Population
 • (2010) 494,919
 • Density 749/sq mi (289/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 8th, 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.plymouthcounty-ma.gov

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

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 1,093.39 square miles (2,831.9 km2), of which 660.85 square miles (1,711.6 km2) (or 60.44%) is land and 432.54 square miles (1,120.3 km2) (or 39.56%) is water.

Adjacent counties[edit]

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[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 29,512
1800 30,073 1.9%
1810 35,169 16.9%
1820 38,136 8.4%
1830 43,044 12.9%
1840 47,373 10.1%
1850 55,697 17.6%
1860 64,768 16.3%
1870 65,365 0.9%
1880 74,018 13.2%
1890 92,700 25.2%
1900 113,985 23.0%
1910 144,337 26.6%
1920 156,968 8.8%
1930 162,311 3.4%
1940 168,824 4.0%
1950 189,468 12.2%
1960 248,449 31.1%
1970 333,314 34.2%
1980 405,437 21.6%
1990 435,276 7.4%
2000 472,822 8.6%
2010 494,919 4.7%
Est. 2012 499,759 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[5]
Jacob Thaxter House in Hingham

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 472,822 people, 168,361 households, and 122,398 families residing 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% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.0% were of Irish, 12.8% Italian, 10.6% English and 5.1% American ancestry according to Census 2000. 90.1% spoke English, 2.5% Spanish, 2.3% Portuguese, 1.5% French Creole and 1.0% French as their first language.

There were 168,361 households out of which 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 all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county the population was spread out with 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% who were 65 years of age 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 income for a household in the county was $55,615, and the median income for a family was $65,554 (these figures had risen to $70,335 and $82,560 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[7]). 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.[1]

Demographic breakdown by town[edit]

Income[edit]

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.[8][9][10]

Rank Town Per capita
income
Median
household
income
Median
family
income
Population Number of
households
Duxbury CDP $80,077 $113,672 $218,542 1,459 555
South Duxbury CDP $68,911 $139,712 $169,671 3,435 1,260
Hingham CDP $61,486 $104,926 $134,637 5,856 2,117
The Pinehills CDP $58,507 $91,875 $115,819 922 488
1 Hingham Town $56,671 $99,318 $132,744 21,916 8,046
2 Duxbury Town $55,510 $122,396 $139,873 14,978 5,256
3 Norwell Town $48,440 $109,167 $118,679 10,430 3,468
Green Harbor CDP $47,993 $128,828 $134,157 2,245 876
Marshfield Hills CDP $47,593 $102,344 $135,396 2,485 916
4 Scituate Town $47,122 $89,485 $111,893 18,115 6,957
Marion Center CDP $45,404 $83,413 $97,102 1,081 435
5 Marion Town $43,383 $87,793 $90,536 4,926 1,873
6 Hull Town $43,290 $72,036 $95,964 10,391 4,672
North Scituate CDP $43,214 $84,712 $107,606 5,394 1,955
Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock CDP $42,296 $77,245 $89,940 4,705 1,920
7 Marshfield Town $42,269 $93,743 $110,756 25,059 9,322
Scituate CDP $40,337 $69,388 $107,647 5,201 2,169
8 Hanover Town $39,631 $100,982 $114,484 13,813 4,729
North Lakeville CDP $39,363 $67,361 $103,456 2,174 840
9 Mattapoisett Town $39,312 $82,065 $95,568 6,073 2,436
10 Kingston Town $37,783 $77,288 $86,489 12,556 4,624
11 Plympton Town $37,755 $93,882 $102,773 2,799 991
Kingston CDP $36,335 $67,292 $75,671 5,695 2,250
Marshfield CDP $36,112 $71,938 $100,855 4,501 1,838
12 Pembroke Town $35,228 $82,064 $98,156 17,740 6,291
Massachusetts State $35,051 $65,981 $83,371 6,512,227 2,522,409
13 Lakeville Town $35,010 $93,260 $104,416 10,533 3,586
Plymouth Center CDP $34,997 $51,463 $80,924 6,900 3,177
14 Rochester Town $34,994 $98,728 $104,496 5,159 1,699
15 Halifax Town $34,880 $83,522 $89,456 7,516 2,798
Mattapoisett Center CDP $34,877 $65,034 $85,758 2,898 1,223
Plymouth County County $34,285 $74,698 $88,110 492,934 178,996
16 Plymouth Town $33,891 $76,631 $90,764 56,011 20,946
17 West Bridgewater Town $33,590 $80,729 $95,182 6,896 2,432
18 Abington Town $33,386 $81,677 $92,839 15,841 5,962
19 Hanson Town $32,864 $89,000 $96,705 10,148 3,436
North Pembroke CDP $32,239 $74,866 $80,776 3,090 1,180
20 East Bridgewater Town $31,802 $79,676 $98,113 13,704 4,682
21 Whitman Town $31,378 $74,610 $87,713 14,430 5,192
22 Middleborough Town $31,179 $73,490 $85,769 22,807 8,059
West Wareham CDP $31,166 $43,029 $63,452 2,178 963
Hanson CDP $30,630 $88,750 $95,085 1,932 666
23 Rockland Town $30,325 $63,896 $74,203 17,515 6,912
24 Bridgewater Town $29,460 $88,697 $101,641 26,508 7,927
25 Carver Town $29,176 $70,608 $85,996 11,481 4,286
26 Wareham Town $28,066 $52,556 $64,891 21,673 9,176
United States Country $27,915 $52,762 $64,293 306,603,772 114,761,359
Weweantic CDP $27,543 $45,833 $51,563 2,008 870
North Plymouth CDP $27,533 $54,000 $77,952 3,740 1,452
Onset CDP $27,391 $41,458 $44,507 1,026 605
Wareham Center CDP $27,391 $45,392 $54,357 3,122 1,533
Middleborough Center CDP $26,763 $59,112 $76,111 6,593 2,407
White Island Shores CDP $25,656 $88,519 $91,250 2,186 680
Bridgewater CDP $22,994 $60,744 $79,621 7,724 2,359
27 Brockton City $22,312 $49,848 $57,228 93,916 33,238

Government[edit]

Presidential election results[11][12]
Year Democrat Republican
2012 51.3% 129,577 47.5% 119,833
2008 52.8% 131,817 45.2% 112,904
2004 53.7% 125,178 45.3% 105,603
2000 54.5% 115,376 39.1% 82,751

The executive authority of the County government is vested in the County Commissioners. The current Commissioners are Chairman Daniel A. Pallotta[13][14] (R- Hanover), Sandra M. Wright[14][15] (R- Bridgewater), and Gregory M. Hanley[13][14] (D- Pembroke). Register of Deeds John R. Buckley, Jr.[16] (D- Brockton), Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald[17] (R- Kingston), County Treasurer Thomas J. O'Brien[18] (D- Kingston), and Clerk of Courts Robert S. Creedon. Jr.[19] (D- Brockton), also serve as elected officials of the county of Plymouth.

County seal[edit]

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 15, 2008[20]
Party Number of Voters Percentage
  Democratic 97,233 29.61%
  Republican 45,832 13.96%
  Unaffiliated 183,244 55.80%
  Minor Parties 2,092 0.64%
Total 328,401 100%

Cities, towns, and villages*[edit]

* Villages are census division, but have no separate corporate existence from the towns they are in.

Media[edit]

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

Radio stations located in Plymouth County include:

Call sign Frequency City of License [21][22] Licensee [22][23] Format[citation needed]
WATD-FM 0095.9 FM Marshfield Marshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc. Adult Contemporary
WBIM-FM 0091.5 FM Bridgewater Bridgewater State University College Radio, Alternative
WKAF 0097.7 FM Brockton Entercom Boston License, LLC Active Rock
WPLM 1390 AM Plymouth Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc. Various
WPLM-FM 0099.1 FM Plymouth Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc. Adult contemporary
WRPS 0088.3 FM Rockland Rockland Public Schools High school radio
WSMA 0090.5 FM Scituate Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Inc. Religious
WVBF 1530 AM Middleborough Center Steven J. Callahan Talking Information Center
WWTA 0088.5 FM Marion Tabor Academy High school radio
WXBR 1460 AM Brockton BTR Boston, Inc. News/talk
WZBR 1410 AM Brockton Kingdom Church Contemporary Christian music

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.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Census.gov. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/ACSSAFFFacts?_event=Search&geo_id=05000US29189&_geoContext=01000US%7C04000US29%7C05000US29189&_street=&_county=plymouth+county&_cityTown=plymouth+county&_state=04000US25&_zip=&_lang=en&_sse=on&ActiveGeoDiv=geoSelect&_useEV=&pctxt=fph&pgsl=050&_submenuId=factsheet_1&ds_name=ACS_2007_3YR_SAFF&_ci_nbr=null&qr_name=null&reg=null%3Anull&_keyword=&_industry=
  8. ^ "SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  9. ^ "ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  10. ^ "HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-01-26. 
  11. ^ "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". Retrieved 2011-06-11. 
  12. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/MA
  13. ^ a b http://www.patriotledger.com/news/x1224700625/Hanley-Pallotta-win-Plymouth-County-Commissioner-seat
  14. ^ a b c http://www.plymouthcounty-ma.gov/county-departments-commissioners.htm
  15. ^ http://www.patriotledger.com/answerbook/plymouth/x4795421/Wright-ousts-McMullen-from-Plymouth-County-board
  16. ^ http://plymouthdeeds.org/whos-who.html
  17. ^ http://www.pcsdma.org/Sheriffs_Bio.asp
  18. ^ http://www.pcr-ma.org/
  19. ^ http://www.mass.gov/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/plymouthsupco.html
  20. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 15, 2008" (PDF). Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  21. ^ FM Query - FM Radio Technical Information - Audio Division (FCC) USA
  22. ^ a b AM Query - AM Radio Technical Information - Audio Division (FCC) USA
  23. ^ FM Query - FM Radio Technical Information - Audio Division (FCC) USA

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°59′N 70°44′W / 41.99°N 70.74°W / 41.99; -70.74