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 59,303 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 (12.60%), office and administrative support (12.01%), and management occupations (9.45%).

Because of many things, Plymouth is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Plymouth really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Plymouth perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.46 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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: 35.13% of adults in Plymouth have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Plymouth in 2010 was $38,722, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,888 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 Italian, English, German, and French .

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