Plymouth, MA
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Plymouth is a larger medium-sized coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 59,885 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Plymouth is the 19th largest community in Massachusetts.

Housing costs in Plymouth are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Plymouth is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Plymouth is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Plymouth who work in sales jobs (12.69%), office and administrative support (11.05%), and management occupations (10.80%).

Also of interest is that Plymouth has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Plymouth is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Plymouth a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Plymouth has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Plymouth’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One of the nice things about Plymouth is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Plymouth is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Plymouth, the average commute to work is 30.92 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the town, public transportation in Plymouth is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Plymouth, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The population of Plymouth is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 35.91% of adults in Plymouth have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Plymouth in 2010 was $41,235, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $164,940 for a family of four. However, Plymouth contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Plymouth home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plymouth residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Plymouth include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

The most common language spoken in Plymouth is English. Other important languages spoken here include Portuguese and Spanish.