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.

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 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.

In Plymouth, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.92 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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%): 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.