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Plymouth County, Massachusetts (MA)

County population in 2014: 507,022 (90% urban, 10% rural); it was 472,822 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 106,456
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 31,375
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 127,239
Renter-occupied apartments: 43,295 (it was 41,122 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

38%

Land area: 661 sq. mi.

Water area: 432.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 767 people per square mile   (high).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Plymouth County: 134.0 (high, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (40.9%), Educational, health and social services (19.7%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (12.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 3%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Plymouth County, Massachusetts:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (83.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (6.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.2%)
  • Some other race alone (2.4%)
  • Two or more races (2.3%)
  • Asian alone (1.2%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
Massachusetts median age:  39.0 years
Males: 246,601  (48.6%)
Females: 260,421  (51.4%)
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Plymouth County,MA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Plymouth County:

2.0 people
Massachusetts:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $75,080 ($55,615 in 1999)

This county:

$75,080
Massachusetts:

$70,628

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $1,034 (lower quartile is $639, upper quartile is $1,352)
This county:

$1034
State:

$1014


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $339,800 (it was $174,200 in 2000)
Plymouth:

$339,800
Massachusetts:

$352,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $249,300 - $466,900

Mean price in 2015:

Detached houses: $422,192
Here:

$422,192
State:

$439,026

Townhouses or other attached units: $348,412
Here:

$348,412
State:

$393,052

In 2-unit structures: $265,483
Here:

$265,483
State:

$383,248

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $356,821
Here:

$356,821
State:

$429,779

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $227,127
Here:

$227,127
State:

$395,784

Mobile homes: $157,740
Here:

$157,740
State:

$103,179
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $2,076
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $765

Institutionalized population: 7,645
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Health of residents in Plymouth County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2012:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.6. This is about average.
73.3% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
52.0% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is more than average.
71.0% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is about average.
77.3% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is more than average.
Average weight of males is 196 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 159 pounds. This is about average.
14.1% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1611 buildings, average cost: $141,900
  • 2001: 1478 buildings, average cost: $165,300
  • 2002: 1590 buildings, average cost: $176,600
  • 2003: 1491 buildings, average cost: $183,800
  • 2004: 1818 buildings, average cost: $178,700
  • 2005: 1845 buildings, average cost: $194,900
  • 2006: 1209 buildings, average cost: $193,300
  • 2007: 1101 buildings, average cost: $214,600
  • 2008: 625 buildings, average cost: $192,300
  • 2009: 549 buildings, average cost: $210,800
  • 2010: 622 buildings, average cost: $226,000
  • 2011: 623 buildings, average cost: $217,000
  • 2012: 707 buildings, average cost: $297,200
  • 2013: 925 buildings, average cost: $220,000
  • 2014: 949 buildings, average cost: $223,900

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $4,591 (1.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $4,485 (1.4%)

Plymouth County household income distribution in 2009 Plymouth County home values distribution Plymouth County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 9.7%
(6.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.1% for Black residents, 20.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.7% for American Indian residents, 4.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 21.0% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 9.7%
Plymouth County:

9.7%
Massachusetts:

11.5%
(6.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 26.1% for Black residents, 19.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 4.7% for American Indian residents, 4.4% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 18.5% for other race residents, 16.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 26 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

Area name: Brockton, MA HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Plymouth County is $876 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1103 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1319 a month.

Cities in this county include: Brockton, Wareham, Middleborough, Rockland, Pembroke, Abington, Whitman, Hanover, East Bridgewater, Carver.

Plymouth County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2012 air pollution in Plymouth County:

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 7.8 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Benton County, Iowa , Buchanan County, Iowa , Iowa County, Iowa , Jasper County, Iowa , Linn County, Iowa , Poweshiek County, Iowa , Webster County, Iowa .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.7%
Massachusetts:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 23,274
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 87.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 29,592 (46% naturalized citizens)

Plymouth County:

6.3%
Whole state:

12.2%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 6,055
  • 1990 to 1994: 3,668
  • 1985 to 1989: 4,726
  • 1980 to 1984: 3,359
  • 1975 to 1979: 2,373
  • 1970 to 1974: 1,951
  • 1970 to 1974: 2,094
  • 1965 to 1969: 5,366
Note: State values scaled to Plymouth County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 51.8%

Plymouth County marital status for males Plymouth County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 130,157
  • One, attached: 4,838
  • Two: 11,069
  • 3 or 4: 11,604
  • 5 to 9: 7,023
  • 10 to 19: 5,109
  • 20 or more: 6,838
  • Mobile homes: 4,855
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 31

Housing units in Plymouth County with a mortgage: 85,553 (7,406 second mortgage, 12,387 home equity loan, 324 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 24,671

Here:

77.6% with mortgage
State:

71.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Plymouth County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic165,98535
Mainline Protestant23,72491
Evangelical Protestant13,15996
Other6,12943
Orthodox1,1403
Black Protestant6115
None284,171-
Plymouth County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 85
Plymouth County:

1.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.98 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

0.05 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 139
This county:

2.84 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 108
Plymouth County:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Massachusetts:

1.77 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 361
This county:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.76 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Plymouth County:

7.9%
Massachusetts:

8.1%

Adult obesity rate:
Plymouth County:

21.7%
State:

22.5%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.3%
State:

16.5%

Agriculture in Plymouth County:

Average size of farms: 75 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $54,142
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2209.93
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 16.03%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 5.90%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $61,974
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 30.79%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 66.62%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $71,318
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 73.93%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 2.33
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 36.00%
Corn for grain: 6 harvested acres
Vegetables: 525 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 46 acres

Earthquake activity:

Plymouth County-area historical earthquake activity is near Massachusetts state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 224.6 miles away from Plymouth County center
On 1/19/1982 at 00:14:42, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 MD, 4.5 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 112.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 226.8 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 200.4 miles away from the county center
On 10/2/1994 at 11:27:22, a magnitude 3.7 (3.5 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 79.0 miles away from Plymouth County center
On 7/22/2003 at 11:41:15, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 68.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: January 26, 2015 to January 29, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4214: April 13, 2015, FEMA Id: 4214, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding, Incident Period: February 08, 2013 to February 10, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4110: April 19, 2013, FEMA Id: 4110, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Emergency Declared EM-3350: October 28, 2012, FEMA Id: 3350, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Sandy, Incident Period: October 27, 2012 to November 08, 2012, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4097: December 19, 2012, FEMA Id: 4097, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Tropical Storm Irene, Incident Period: August 27, 2011 to August 29, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4028: September 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 4028, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Irene, Incident Period: August 26, 2011 to September 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3330: August 26, 2011, FEMA Id: 3330, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Hurricane Earl, Incident Period: September 01, 2010 to September 04, 2010, Emergency Declared EM-3315: September 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 3315, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Massachusetts Severe Storm and Flooding, Incident Period: March 12, 2010 to April 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1895: March 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1895, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Storms and Inland and Coastal Flooding, Incident Period: April 15, 2007 to April 25, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1701: May 16, 2007, FEMA Id: 1701, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Massachusetts Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: October 07, 2005 to October 16, 2005, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1614: November 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 1614, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 16 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Plymouth County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 17
Emergencies Declared: 9

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 9, Hurricanes: 7, Snows: 3, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (27%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Other Western Africa (23%)
  • Haiti (13%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Portugal (5%)
  • Italy (3%)
  • Brazil (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Plymouth County (%):

  • Irish (28%)
  • Italian (13%)
  • English (11%)
  • United States or American (5%)
  • French (except Basque) (4%)
  • German (4%)
  • Portuguese (3%)

Plymouth County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 187,340 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 20,993 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2,680 (1%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 76 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 2,244 (1%)
  • Railroad: 5,301 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 1,980 (1%)
  • Taxi: 221 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 117 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 249 (0%)
  • Walked: 3,291 (1%)
  • Other means: 1,161 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 6,018 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Plymouth County, Massachusetts in 2000:

  • 4,119 people in nursing homes
  • 1,742 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 1,651 people in state prisons
  • 1,378 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 724 people in other types of correctional institutions
  • 406 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 256 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 230 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 223 people in religious group quarters
  • 196 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 185 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 185 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 111 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 100 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 94 people in other group homes
  • 80 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 58 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 51 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 37 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 28 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 24 people in orthopedic wards and institutions for the physically handicapped
  • 19 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 12 people in halfway houses

People in group quarters in Plymouth County, Massachusetts in 2010:

  • 3,463 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 2,656 people in college/university student housing
  • 2,251 people in state prisons
  • 1,319 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 469 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 467 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 325 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 168 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 156 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 143 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 121 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 116 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 87 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 33 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 31 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 10 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 6 people in correctional residential facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $75,317.

4.53% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($57,639 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.53%
Massachusetts average:

5.61%


0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($550 average AGI)
Plymouth County:

0.03%
Massachusetts average:

0.06%

3.37% relocated from other counties in Massachusetts ($41,931 average AGI)
1.14% relocated from other states ($15,157 average AGI)
Plymouth County:

1.14%
Massachusetts average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Norfolk County, MA  1.27% ($58,709 average AGI)
from Bristol County, MA  0.73% ($45,893)
from Suffolk County, MA  0.57% ($65,505)
from Middlesex County, MA  0.30% ($69,320)
from Barnstable County, MA  0.28% ($45,574)
from Essex County, MA  0.07% ($58,698)
from Worcester County, MA  0.07% ($49,849)


4.82% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($48,567 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.82%
Massachusetts average:

5.85%


0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($656 average AGI)
Plymouth County:

0.04%
Massachusetts average:

0.11%

3.23% relocated to other counties in Massachusetts ($30,788 average AGI)
1.55% relocated to other states ($17,123 average AGI)
Plymouth County:

1.55%
Massachusetts average:

2.61%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Norfolk County, MA  1.15% ($47,688 average AGI)
to Bristol County, MA  0.79% ($38,878)
to Suffolk County, MA  0.53% ($48,646)
to Middlesex County, MA  0.29% ($49,407)
to Barnstable County, MA  0.26% ($47,137)
to Essex County, MA  0.08% ($62,287)
to Worcester County, MA  0.07% ($42,511)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.7

Births per 1000 population in Plymouth County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 8.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 8.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Plymouth County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2013: 4.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Plymouth County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 1.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Plymouth County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Plymouth County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 72,960 (60,021 aged, 12,939 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 2,831 (2%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Plymouth County, Massachusetts in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (5,124)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (4,670)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (3,107)
  • Congestive heart failure (2,603)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (2,482)
  • Unspecified dementia (2,435)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (2,055)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (2,029)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (1,581)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (1,251)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 0.82
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9,806
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 235
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 31,703

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,226
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 842
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 23

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 52
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 20
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 27.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 15.4
  • Other - 11.8

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 73.9. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Suffocation - 28.4
  • Firearm - 20.4
  • Poisoning - 14.8
  • Other - 10.3

Household type by relationship:

Households: 483,098
  • In family households: 417,329 (86,307 male householders, 41,618 female householders)
    97,089 spouses, 154,870 children (146,729 natural, 3,391 adopted, 4,750 stepchildren), 8,780 grandchildren, 4,455 brothers or sisters, 5,200 parents, 5,123 other relatives, 10,196 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 65,769 (22,929 male householders (17,306 living alone)), 30,272 female householders (25,724 living alone)), 12,568 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 11,821 (7,645 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 48,547 2-persons, 29,834 3-persons, 28,475 4-persons, 13,688 5-persons, 4,931 6-persons, 2,450 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 43,030 1-person, 8,660 2-persons, 940 3-persons, 395 4-persons, 114 5-persons, 31 6-persons, 31 7-or-more-persons.

92,167 married couples with children.
24,193 single-parent households (4,628 men, 19,565 women).

89.9% of residents of Plymouth County speak English at home.
2.5% of residents speak Spanish at home (67% speak English very well, 18% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
6.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (62% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other language at home (73% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $2,313,352,000 ($4,715 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $73,203,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $1,030,355,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $585,953,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,228,000
Federal grants: $440,338,000
Federal procurement contracts: $72,278,000 ($28,125,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $178,200,000 ($13,201,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $30,468,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $253,034,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,485,966,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 33,328
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

67 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 21,358
Here:

43 per 1000 residents
State:

46 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +4,596
Here:

+9 per 1000 residents
State:

+25 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +3,617
Here +7 per 1000 residents
State -37 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Plymouth County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 39.86 millions of gallons per day (63% from ground, 37% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.1
State:

4.0

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 504
  • 2010 to 2013: 4,362
  • 2000 to 2009: 20,697
  • 1990 to 1999: 17,105
  • 1980 to 1989: 22,551
  • 1970 to 1979: 30,639
  • 1960 to 1969: 23,922
  • 1950 to 1959: 22,816
  • 1940 to 1949: 9,941
  • 1939 or earlier: 50,830
Note: State values scaled to Plymouth population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Plymouth County population
  • 1 room: 60
  • 2 rooms: 348
  • 3 rooms: 2,146
  • 4 rooms: 9,537
  • 5 rooms: 22,143
  • 6 rooms: 29,753
  • 7 rooms: 26,145
  • 8 rooms: 20,070
  • 9+ rooms: 17,037
  • 1 room: 1,118
  • 2 rooms: 4,241
  • 3 rooms: 8,889
  • 4 rooms: 10,674
  • 5 rooms: 9,078
  • 6 rooms: 4,216
  • 7 rooms: 1,409
  • 8 rooms: 774
  • 9+ rooms: 723
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Plymouth County population
  • no bedroom: 98
  • 1 bedroom: 3,550
  • 2 bedrooms: 24,734
  • 3 bedrooms: 62,739
  • 4 bedrooms: 29,628
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6,490
  • no bedroom: 1,347
  • 1 bedroom: 13,608
  • 2 bedrooms: 15,542
  • 3 bedrooms: 8,392
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,853
  • 5+ bedrooms: 380
Cars and other vehicles available in Plymouth County, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Plymouth County population
  • no vehicle: 3,792
  • 1 vehicle: 31,323
  • 2 vehicles: 65,272
  • 3 vehicles: 19,257
  • 4 vehicles: 5,967
  • 5+ vehicles: 1,628
  • no vehicle: 7,980
  • 1 vehicle: 20,380
  • 2 vehicles: 10,627
  • 3 vehicles: 1,656
  • 4 vehicles: 316
  • 5+ vehicles: 163

64% of Plymouth County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 73% lived in Massachusetts.

Plymouth County:

64.3%
State average:

60.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 374,117
  • Northeast: 37,961
  • Midwest: 8,510
  • South: 12,264
  • West: 5,299

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $186,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 0%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Plymouth County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (54.4%)
  • Utility gas (36.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.3%)
  • Electricity (3.8%)
  • Wood (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (49.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.8%)
  • Electricity (18.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 4,048
Here:

6.7%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 3,066
Here:

10.6%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 5,871
Here:

30.7%
Massachusetts:

48.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Plymouth County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Correctional Institutions: $52,068,000
    Central Staff Services: $4,283,000
    General - Other: $3,457,000
    General Public Buildings: $2,125,000
    Police Protection: $1,934,000
    Financial Administration: $561,000
    Local Fire Protection: $13,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $265,926,000
    Corporate Bonds: $135,792,000
    Other Investments - Other: $67,896,000
    Benefit Payments: $40,300,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $5,658,000
    Withdrawals: $1,483,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $200,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $32,440,000

Plymouth County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - All Other: $4,924,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $59,086,000
    From Parent Local Government: $26,397,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $19,879,000
    From Other Governments: $2,141,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $14,372,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $5,434,000
    Interest Earnings: $457,000
    Rents: $197,000
  • State Intergovernmental - All Other: $36,457,000
  • Tax - Other Selective Sales: $7,563,000
    Property: $1,101,000

Plymouth County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $5,225,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $4,950,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $275,000

Plymouth County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $90,528,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,968,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 8,555
  • Number of aged recipients: 1,748
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 6,807
  • Number of recipients under 18: 932
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 5,707
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 1,916
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 3,464
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 4,050
Plymouth County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Plymouth County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 91 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1,756$245,1092,811$258,89715,781$255,701865$145,33952$763,7501,012$245,64097$76,845
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED107$209,963230$253,1521,015$261,44090$120,4893$183,00070$225,87139$87,179
APPLICATIONS DENIED347$215,735467$219,6514,171$271,042365$114,6904$2,683,250337$213,30346$71,022
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN197$236,629363$244,0662,672$267,196111$188,9824$603,750167$257,26311$85,545
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS42$231,762111$227,045875$245,36355$178,3272$358,50055$222,4916$84,167
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 89 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED341$283,413305$304,9318$234,500
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED117$294,077225$360,9823$311,667
APPLICATIONS DENIED60$295,86794$304,1281$183,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN30$282,76736$310,9441$220,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$294,5459$261,4442$267,000

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Plymouth County, MA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary4,65481.1 years
John4,48873.9 years
William2,66774.1 years
Joseph2,35674.9 years
Robert2,29269.9 years
James2,03572.7 years
George1,89575.8 years
Helen1,83581.0 years
Margaret1,76380.5 years
Charles1,58875.4 years
Most common last names in Plymouth County, MA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith88476.5 years
Johnson69576.8 years
Murphy53276.1 years
Sullivan50476.7 years
Anderson46278.0 years
Brown41677.3 years
White38077.5 years
Obrien30175.3 years
Williams28475.6 years
Mccarthy28477.1 years
Businesses in Plymouth County, MA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven12Kohl's3
AT&T7La-Z-Boy2
Ace Hardware8Lane Bryant1
Advance Auto Parts9Lane Furniture4
Aeropostale3LensCrafters2
American Eagle Outfitters3Little Caesars Pizza1
Ann Taylor4Lowe's6
Apple Store1Macy's3
Audi1Marriott1
AutoZone9Marshalls4
BMW1MasterBrand Cabinets73
Banana Republic1Mazda1
Barnes & Noble1McDonald's18
Bath & Body Works5Men's Wearhouse3
Bed Bath & Beyond2Motherhood Maternity4
Best Western2New Balance11
Blockbuster2New York & Co1
Burger King13Nike9
CVS27Nissan3
Casual Male XL1OfficeMax1
Catherines1Old Navy5
Charlotte Russe2Olive Garden1
Chevrolet4Outback1
Chico's2Outback Steakhouse1
Chipotle1Pac Sun1
Circle K3Panera Bread5
Cold Stone Creamery2Payless6
Coldwater Creek2Penske6
Comfort Inn2PetSmart3
Crate & Barrel1Pier 1 Imports2
Curves5Popeyes1
Dairy Queen6Qdoba Mexican Grill1
Days Inn1Quality1
Deb2RadioShack9
Decora Cabinetry18Red Robin2
Domino's Pizza4Rite Aid10
DressBarn2Rue211
Dressbarn2Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing1
Dunkin Donuts100Sears7
Ethan Allen1Shaw's9
Express2Spencer Gifts2
Famous Footwear3Sprint Nextel7
Fashion Bug1Staples4
FedEx88Starbucks10
Finish Line1Stop & Shop12
Firestone Complete Auto Care2Subaru1
Foot Locker1Subway18
Ford3Super 81
GNC12T-Mobile17
GameStop10T.G.I. Driday's1
Gap3T.J.Maxx3
Goodwill3Taco Bell6
Gymboree3Talbots5
H&M1Target4
H&R Block17The Limited1
Hilton1The Room Place3
Holiday Inn2Toyota3
Hollister Co.1Toys"R"Us6
Home Depot5Trader Joe's1
Honda2True Value1
Hot Topic2U-Haul17
Hyundai2UPS85
J. Jill2Verizon Wireless6
J.Crew2Victoria's Secret4
JCPenney2Volkswagen2
JoS. A. Bank2Walgreens11
Jones New York9Walmart6
Journeys2Wendy's8
Justice3Whole Foods Market1
KFC5YMCA12
Kmart1

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  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that visited a dentist within the past year"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest percentage of residents that smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of births per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the best general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #85 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of infant deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest number of births per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop 50,000+)"