Plymouth, MA
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Living in Plymouth


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 61,528 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.

Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Plymouth is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Plymouth is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plymouth who work in sales jobs (12.17%), management occupations (10.58%), and office and administrative support (10.20%).

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.

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 31.01 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Plymouth use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Plymouth‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Plymouth citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 36.36% of adults in Plymouth have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Plymouth in 2018 was $43,747, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $174,988 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.