Plymouth County, MA

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Population

515,142

0.307% growth

Median Age

42.9


Median Household Income

$86,910

5.88% growth

Poverty Rate

7.99%


Number of Employees

268,780

0.249% decline

Median Property Value

$368,100

3.98% growth

About

In 2017, Plymouth County, MA had a population of 515k people with a median age of 42.9 and a median household income of $86,910. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Plymouth County, MA grew from 513,565 to 515,142, a 0.307% increase and its median household income grew from $82,087 to $86,910, a 5.88% increase.

The population of Plymouth County, MA is 80.2% White Alone, 9.09% Black or African American Alone, and 3.9% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Plymouth County, MA speak a non-English language, and 95.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Plymouth County, MA are Bridgewater State University (2,733 degrees awarded in 2016), Massasoit Community College (940 degrees), and Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton (194 degrees).

The median property value in Plymouth County, MA is $368,100, and the homeownership rate is 76.1%. Most people in Plymouth County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Plymouth County, MA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Plymouth County, MA employs 269k people. The largest industries in Plymouth County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,109 people), Retail Trade (31,662 people), and Construction (21,319 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($153,750), Utilities ($91,068), and Finance & Insurance ($73,461).

Median household income in Plymouth County, MA is $86,910. Males in Plymouth County, MA have an average income that is 1.32 times higher than the average income of females, which is $65,619. The income inequality in Plymouth County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.484, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$86,910

2017 value

± $3,359

5.88%

1 Year Growth

± 5.06%

Households in Plymouth County, MA have a median annual income of $86,910, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $82,087 in 2016, which represents a 5.88% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$86,839

Average Male Salary

± $1,813

$65,619

Average Female Salary

± $1,325

In 2017, full-time male employees in Plymouth County, MA made 1.32 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Plymouth County, MA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $74,395 ± $4,445

  2. White

    $67,530 ± $1,140

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $50,403 ± $38,348

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Plymouth County, MA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.1 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Plymouth County, MA is from Massachusetts.

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

0.48

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.484 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.775% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Massachusetts was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Massachusetts in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Massachusetts across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 5012.01

  2. Census Tract 5071.03

  3. Census Tract 5401.03

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Plymouth County, MA was Census Tract 5012.01 with a value of $140,662, followed by Census Tract 5071.03 and Census Tract 5401.03, with respective values of $130,795 and $124,052.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.99% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Plymouth County, MA (39.7k out of 498k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 55 - 64.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    25,111 ± 1,319

  2. Black

    8,526 ± 738

  3. Other

    3,393 ± 539

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Plymouth County, MA is White, followed by Black and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

269k

2017 Value

± 8,993

-0.249%

1 Year decline

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Plymouth County, MA declined at a rate of -0.249%, from 269k employees to 269k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Plymouth County, MA, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (17,873 people), Registered Nurses (10,259 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (6,720 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Plymouth County, MA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Plymouth County, MA, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (17,873 people), Registered Nurses (10,259 people), and Other Business Operations Specialists (6,720 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Plymouth County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Fire Fighting & Prevention Workers (2.76 times higher than expected), Woodworkers (2.39 times), and Rail & Water Transportation Workers (2.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Plymouth County, MA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($100,428), Legal Occupations ($92,744), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($90,333).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

269k

2017 Value

± 8,993

-0.249%

1 Year decline

± 4.71%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Plymouth County, MA declined at a rate of -0.249%, from 269k employees to 269k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Plymouth County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,109 people), Retail Trade (31,662 people), and Construction (21,319 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Plymouth County, MA, though some of these residents may live in Plymouth County, MA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Plymouth County, MA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,109 people), Retail Trade (31,662 people), and Construction (21,319 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Plymouth County, MA has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.46 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.34 times), and Construction (1.22 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Plymouth County, MA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($153,750), Utilities ($91,068), and Finance & Insurance ($73,461).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $31.5B

  2. $27.2B

  3. $24.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $31.5B, followed by Mixed freight with $27.2B and Electronics and $24.1B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Massachusetts products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$240B

2015 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

51.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $240B. This is expected to increase 51.4% to $364B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Massachusetts trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Massachusetts to other states, or from other states to Massachusetts.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $13.2B

  2. $13.2B

  3. $12.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New Hampshire with $13.2B, followed by New York with $13.2B and Connecticut and $12.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Massachusetts shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

97.7% of the population of Plymouth County, MA has health coverage, with 56.3% on employee plans, 17.2% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 11.6% on non-group plans, and 0.739% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Plymouth County, MA was $10,559 in 2014. This is a 2.78% increase from the previous year ($10,273).

Primary care physicians in Plymouth County, MA see 1570 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.633% decrease from the previous year (1580 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1396 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 218 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (11.4%). Additionally, Bristol County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (29.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,570 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Plymouth County, MA see an average of 1,570 patients per year. This represents a 0.633% decrease from the previous year (1,580 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Plymouth County, MA in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$10,559

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$5,302

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,922

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,899

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Massachusetts (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 2.78%, from $10,273 to $10,559.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

2.29%

Uninsured

56.3%

Employer Coverage

17.2%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

11.6%

Non-Group

0.739%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Plymouth County, MA grew by 7.24% from 2.13% to 2.29%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Plymouth County, MA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 11.4% prevalence

  2. 11.1% prevalence

  3. 10.8% prevalence

Bristol County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts, at 11.4%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Massachusetts by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Plymouth County, MA is home to a population of 515k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.89% of Plymouth County, MA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Plymouth County, MA is composed of 413k White Alone residents (80.2%), 46.8k Black or African American Alone residents (9.09%), 20.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.9%), 19.7k Some Other Race Alone residents (3.83%), 8.09k Two or More Races residents (1.57%), 6.41k Asian Alone residents (1.24%), 715 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.139%), and 82 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0159%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Plymouth County, MA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

43

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Plymouth County, MA was 42.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Plymouth County, MA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Plymouth County, MA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.89%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

8.53%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.89% of Plymouth County, MA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Plymouth County, MA was 8.53%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. China

    92,810 ± 7,429 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    90,391 ± 7,333 people

  3. Brazil

    80,753 ± 6,936 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Plymouth County, MA was China, the natal country of 92,810 Plymouth County, MA residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 90,391 and Brazil with 80,753.

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Citizenship

95.9%

2017 Citizenship

96.1%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.9% of Plymouth County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Plymouth County, MA was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    413k ± 3.43k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    46.8k ± 3.43k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    20.1k ± 2.84k

In 2017, there were 8.83 times more White Alone residents (413k people) in Plymouth County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 46.8k Black or African American Alone and 20.1k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Plymouth County, MA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Plymouth County, MA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Plymouth County, MA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Plymouth County, MA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,601 ± 1,366

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    3,496 ± 884

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    2,829 ± 1,001

Plymouth County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.03 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Plymouth County, MA awarded 4,098 degrees. The student population of Plymouth County, MA is skewed towards women, with 7,723 male students and 11,480 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Plymouth County, MA are White (3,057 and 75.3%), followed by Black or African American (458 and 11.3%), Hispanic or Latino (213 and 5.25%), and Unknown (145 and 3.57%).

The largest universities in Plymouth County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Bridgewater State University (2,733 and 66.7%), Massasoit Community College (940 and 22.9%), and Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton (194 and 4.73%).

The most popular majors in Plymouth County, MA are General Psychology (283 and 6.91%), Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (246 and 6%), and Management Science (241 and 5.88%).

The median tuition costs in Plymouth County, MA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $910 and $7,050 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 272 degrees awarded

  2. 241 degrees awarded

  3. 232 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Plymouth County, MA was General Psychology with 272 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Plymouth County, MA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 2,733 degrees awarded

  2. 940 degrees awarded

  3. 194 degrees awarded

$910

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Plymouth County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bridgewater State University with 2,733 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,366

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,732

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 1,366 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Plymouth County, MA, which is 0.5 times less than the 2,732 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,057 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    458 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    213 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Plymouth County, MA were to White students. These 3,057 degrees mean that there were 6.67 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 458 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Plymouth County, MA was $368,100 in 2017, which is 1.69 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $354,000 to $368,100, a 3.98% increase. The homeownership rate in Plymouth County, MA is 76.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Plymouth County, MA have an average commute time of 32.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Plymouth County, MA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$86,910

Median Household Income

± $3,359

188k

Number of Households

± 6,805

In 2017, the median household income of the 188k households in Plymouth County, MA grew to $86,910 from the previous year's value of $82,087.

The following chart displays the households in Plymouth County, MA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$368,100

2017 Median

± $5,805

$354,000

2016 Median

± $7,390

In 2017, the median property value in Plymouth County, MA grew to to $368,100 from the previous year's value of $354,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Plymouth County, MA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Plymouth County, MA the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Plymouth County, MA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Plymouth County, MA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

76.1%

2017 Homeownership

75.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76.1% of the housing units in Plymouth County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Plymouth County, MA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Plymouth County, MA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Plymouth County, MA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

32.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Plymouth County, MA have a longer commute time (32.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 6.55% of the workforce in Plymouth County, MA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.7%

  2. Carpooled

    6.81%

  3. Public Transit

    5.99%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Plymouth County, MA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Public Transit.

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