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Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Seal of Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Map
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Plymouth County
Location in the state of Massachusetts
Map of the USA highlighting Massachusetts
Massachusetts's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1685
Seat Plymouth and Brockton
Largest City Brockton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,093 sq mi (2,831 km²)
659 sq mi (1,707 km²)
434 sq mi (1,124 km²), 40%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

494,919
751/sq mi (290/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.plymouthcounty-ma.gov/

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.

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. 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

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (part)
  • Massasoit National Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

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. 2015 510,393 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013
JacobThaxterHouse
Jacob Thaxter House in Hingham

2000 census

As of the census 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). 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.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 494,919 people, 181,126 households, and 127,925 families residing 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 all 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 income for a household in the county was $73,131 and the median income for a family 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.

Demographic breakdown by town

Income

See also: List of Massachusetts locations by per capita 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.

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

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other villages


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