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Plymouth, MA 02360

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A Comprehensive Guide to Living in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Known as “America’s Hometown”, Plymouth is famous as the landing sight of the Mayflower ship, which brought the founding Pilgrims to the settlement in 1620. Plymouth was named for the port in Devon, England from which the Mayflower set sail. For the majority of its history, Plymouth’s economy relied heavily on fishing and shipping. The town’s population increased rapidly in recent decades and has become a popular tourist destination.

Plymouth has a median household income of $54,677, with a population of approximately 56,468. Property taxes are $16.58 per $1,000. Plymouth has representative town meeting form of government, run by a town manager and a board of selectmen.

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Transportation Options

The largest municipality by area in Massachusetts, Plymouth has a total area of 134 square miles. Located about 40 miles south of Boston, Plymouth is situated approximately midway between Boston and Cape Cod. The town is accessible by six exits along Route 3 and is a terminus station on the MBTA’s Kingston/Plymouth line. The Plymouth & Brockton Street Railway Company provides bus access to Logan Airport, downtown Boston, Hyannis, and Provincetown. A ferry between Plymouth and Provincetown runs seasonally and the Plymouth Municipal Airport offers service to Nantucket, as well as private service.

Public and Private Schools

In order to accommodate its large enrollment, Plymouth operates 14 schools. The town runs eight elementary schools – Cold Spring, Federal Furnace, Hedge, Indian Brook, Manomet, Nathanial Morton, South and West – which primarily serve grades one through five. Plymouth County Intermediate School and South Middle School serve grades five through eight and the town’s two high schools – South and West – serve grades nine through 12. There is the Rising Tide Charter Public School for middle school and high school students.

In addition, Quincy College and Curry College both have campuses located in Plymouth.

Plymouth Community Services

Plymouth has its own police department and fire department, with seven fire stations located throughout the town. In addition, Plymouth is also home to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth, an acute care facility.

Private trash collection is available and residents may also apply for a sticker to use the town’s transfer stations.

Community and Recreation

Plymouth’s rich history offers many points of interest for residents and visitors. Historic houses, museums, and monuments are abundant, and iconic sites such as Plymouth Rock and Plymouth Plantation educate the public on the town’s origins. Plymouth also has a wealth of natural beauty in the form of the Myles Standish State Forest and its Atlantic beaches.

The town has a number of playgrounds and parks for the public to enjoy, and Plymouth also boasts an impressive 11 golf courses, both public and private. Plymouth also has a number of shopping areas, including Colony Place and Village Landing Marketplace.

Important Phone Numbers

  • Police Department: 508-830-4218
  • Fire Station: 508-830-4213
  • Town Clerk: 508-747-1620 ext. 169
  • Council on Aging: 508-830-4230

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