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Town of Plymouth
Town Square in 1910


Nickname(s): America's Hometown
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°57′30″N 70°40′04″W / 41.95833°N 70.66778°W / 41.95833; -70.66778Coordinates: 41°57′30″N 70°40′04″W / 41.95833°N 70.66778°W / 41.95833; -70.66778
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Plymouth
Settled 1620
Incorporated (town) 1670
 • Type Representative town meeting
 • Town
Mark Sylvia
 • Total 134.0 sq mi (347.0 km2)
 • Land 96.5 sq mi (249.8 km2)
 • Water 37.5 sq mi (97.2 km2)
Elevation[2] 187 ft (57 m)
Population (2000)[3]
 • Total 51,701
 • Density 536.0/sq mi (207.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 02360
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-54310
GNIS feature ID 0618349

Plymouth (historically known as Plimouth and Plimoth) is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. It is the largest municipality in Massachusetts by area.[4] The population was 51,701 at the 2000 census, with its estimated 2007 population being 57,901.[5] Plymouth is one of two county seats of Plymouth County, the other being Brockton.[6] It is named after Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom, which is, in turn, named for the mouth of the river Plym.[7] Plymouth was first settled by the Pilgrims in 1620. The first Thanksgiving was held there. It was the capitol of Plymouth Colony from 1620 until 1691, when it became part of Massachusetts. Plymouth was an important port in the 18th and 19th centuries.


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