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Plymouth (town), Massachusetts

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Plymouth is a town located in Plymouth County, Massachusetts. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 51,701. It and Brockton are the county seats of Plymouth County6.

For geographic and demographic information on specific parts of the town of Plymouth, please see the articles on North Plymouth, Plymouth (CDP), and White Island Shores.

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History

Plymouth was the landing site of the Mayflower and the location of the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony, established by the Pilgrims in 1620.

Tourism

Today Plymouth is a tourist destination for that reason, and is home to Plymouth Rock and the living-history village Plimoth Plantation. Along the shore, at a small pier not far from Plymouth Rock, there is also a replica of the original Mayflower ship which serves as a museum so that people learn more about the voyage from Plymouth, England.

There are two main roads in Plymouth, MA-3A, which runs through the town center where the town hall, the shops, and many restaurants are located. The other road, MA-44 runs East-West and crosses MA-3A just outside of the town center. Getting to Plymouth by car from other places is also made easy by its access via the MA-3 highway which runs North-South just inside of the eastern coast of the state from Boston to Cape Cod.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 347.0 km² (134.0 mi²). 249.8 km² (96.5 mi²) of it is land and 97.2 km² (37.5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 28.00% water. Plymouth has the largest land area of any city or town in Massachusetts.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 51,701 people, 18,423 households, and 13,264 families residing in the town. The population density is 206.9/km² (536.0/mi²). There are 21,250 housing units at an average density of 85.1/km² (220.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 94.82% White, 1.91% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.93% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. 1.68% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 18,423 households out of which 36.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.4% are married couples living together, 10.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% are non-families. 21.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.67 and the average family size is 3.16.

In the town the population is spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $54,677, and the median income for a family is $63,266. Males have a median income of $44,983 versus $31,565 for females. The per capita income for the town is $23,732. 5.4% of the population and 4.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 7.1% of those under the age of 18 and 6.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.de:Plymouth (Massachusetts)

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