Plymouth County, MA

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Population

518,132

0.58% growth

Poverty Rate

7.99%


Median Age

43


Median Household Income

$90,484

4.11% growth

Number of Employees

267,996

0.292% decline

Median Property Value

$388,500

5.54% growth

About

In 2018, Plymouth County, MA had a population of 518k people with a median age of 43 and a median household income of $90,484. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Plymouth County, MA grew from 515,142 to 518,132, a 0.58% increase and its median household income grew from $86,910 to $90,484, a 4.11% increase.

The population of Plymouth County, MA is 80.4% White Alone, 9.78% Black or African American Alone, and 4.07% 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 (2,703 degrees awarded in 2017), Massasoit Community College (1,097 degrees), and Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton (189 degrees).

The median property value in Plymouth County, MA is $388,500, and the homeownership rate is 77.2%. Most people in Plymouth County, MA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 32.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Plymouth County, MA is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Massachusetts across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

The economy of Plymouth County, MA employs 268k people. The largest industries in Plymouth County, MA are Health Care & Social Assistance (45,025 people), Retail Trade (29,805 people), and Educational Services (24,306 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($90,149), Finance & Insurance ($81,376), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,201).

Median household income in Plymouth County, MA is $90,484. Males in Plymouth County, MA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $66,042. The income inequality in Plymouth County, MA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.483, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$90,484

2018 value

± $2,974

4.11%

1 Year Growth

± 4.87%

Households in Plymouth County, MA have a median annual income of $90,484, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $86,910 in 2017, which represents a 4.11% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$89,637

Average Male Salary

± $1,937

$66,042

Average Female Salary

± $1,326

In 2018, full-time male employees in Massachusetts made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Massachusetts 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

    $78,414 ± $4,378

  2. White

    $68,799 ± $1,194

  3. Two or More Races

    $52,931 ± $4,910

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Massachusetts workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 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.

0.483

2018 Wage GINI

0.484

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Massachusetts was 0.483 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.101% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 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 5041.02

  2. Census Tract 5071.03

  3. Census Tract 5011.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Plymouth County, MA was Census Tract 5041.02 with a value of $149,650, followed by Census Tract 5071.03 and Census Tract 5011.01, with respective values of $142,639 and $140,714.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Plymouth County, MA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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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 13.1%. 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

268k

2018 Value

± 8,633

-0.292%

1 Year decline

± 4.62%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Plymouth County, MA declined at a rate of -0.292%, from 269k employees to 268k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Plymouth County, MA, are Management Occupations (31,072 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (28,881 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,364 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 Management Occupations (31,072 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (28,881 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,364 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Plymouth County, MA has an unusually high number of residents working as Legal Occupations (1.57 times higher than expected), Community & Social Service Occupations (1.41 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Plymouth County, MA, by median earnings, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($101,380), Legal Occupations ($100,362), and Management Occupations ($89,022).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

268k

2018 Value

± 8,633

-0.292%

1 Year decline

± 4.62%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Plymouth County, MA declined at a rate of -0.292%, from 269k employees to 268k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Plymouth County, MA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (45,025 people), Retail Trade (29,805 people), and Educational Services (24,306 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 (45,025 people), Retail Trade (29,805 people), and Educational Services (24,306 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Plymouth County, MA has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.49 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.3 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Plymouth County, MA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($90,149), Finance & Insurance ($81,376), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($81,201).

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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. $30.9B

  2. $29.2B

  3. $27.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts product (by dollars) was Gasoline with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($29.2B) and Electronics ($27.7B).

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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$260B

2020 Value

$364B

Projected 2045 Value

40% growth

In 2020, total outbound Massachusetts trade was $260B. This is expected to increase 40% 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. $14.6B

  2. $13.9B

  3. $13.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Massachusetts domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was New York with $14.6B, followed by Connecticut with $13.9B and New Hampshire and $13.9B.

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 its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

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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 518k people, from which 95.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.89% of Plymouth County, MA residents were born outside of the country (45.8k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Plymouth County, MA is composed of 417k White Alone residents (80.4%), 50.7k Black or African American Alone residents (9.78%), 21.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (4.07%), 11.5k Two or More Races residents (2.22%), 9.77k Some Other Race Alone residents (1.89%), 7.95k Asian Alone residents (1.53%), 236 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0455%), and 58 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0112%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2018, the median age of all people in Plymouth County, MA was 43. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Plymouth County, MA are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Plymouth County, MA residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.89%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

45.8k people

8.53%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

43.8k people

As of 2017, 8.89% of Plymouth County, MA residents (45.8k people) 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

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Most Common Origin

  1. China

    100,431 ± 7,724 people

  2. Dominican Republic

    97,136 ± 7,598 people

  3. Brazil

    81,900 ± 6,984 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Massachusetts was China, the natal country of 100,431 Massachusetts residents, followed by Dominican Republic with 97,136 and Brazil with 81,900.

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Citizenship

95.9%

2018 Citizenship

95.9%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 95.9% of Plymouth County, MA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Plymouth County, MA was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    417k ± 2.52k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    50.7k ± 2.58k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    21.1k ± 3.69k

In 2018, there were 8.22 times more White Alone residents (417k people) in Plymouth County, MA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 50.7k Black or African American Alone and 21.1k 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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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    10,643 ± 1,485

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,804 ± 1,357

  3. Korea

    2,569 ± 721

Plymouth County, MA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.22 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Plymouth County, MA awarded 4,213 degrees. The student population of Plymouth County, MA is skewed towards women, with 7,514 male students and 11,198 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Plymouth County, MA are White (3,185 and 76.1%), followed by Black or African American (489 and 11.7%), Hispanic or Latino (201 and 4.81%), and Unknown (120 and 2.87%).

The largest universities in Plymouth County, MA by number of degrees awarded are Bridgewater State University (2,703 and 64.2%), Massasoit Community College (1,097 and 26%), and Lincoln Technical Institute-Brockton (189 and 4.49%).

The most popular majors in Plymouth County, MA are General Psychology (310 and 7.36%), Management Science (253 and 6.01%), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (234 and 5.55%).

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. 299 degrees awarded

  2. 253 degrees awarded

  3. 223 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Plymouth County, MA was General Psychology with 299 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. 2,703 degrees awarded

  2. 1,097 degrees awarded

  3. 189 degrees awarded

$910

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Plymouth County, MA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Bridgewater State University with 2,703 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,452

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,761

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,452 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Plymouth County, MA, which is 0.526 times less than the 2,761 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Plymouth County, MA by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,185 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    489 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    201 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Plymouth County, MA were to White students. These 3,185 degrees mean that there were 6.51 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 489 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Plymouth County, MA was $388,500 in 2018, which is 1.69 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $368,100 to $388,500, a 5.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Plymouth County, MA is 77.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Plymouth County, MA have an average commute time of 32.5 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.

Housing

Property Value

$388,500

2018 Median

± $7,025

$368,100

2017 Median

± $5,805

In 2018, the median property value in Plymouth County, MA grew to to $388,500 from the previous year's value of $368,100.

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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Household Income

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$90,484

Median Household Income

± $2,974

189k

Number of Households

± 6,746

In 2018, the median household income of the 189k households in Plymouth County, MA grew to $90,484 from the previous year's value of $86,910.

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 $200k+ 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

77.2%

2018 Homeownership

76.1%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 77.2% of the housing units in Plymouth County, MA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.1%.

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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Commute Time

32.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Plymouth County, MA have a longer commute time (32.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 6.12% 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

    77.7%

  2. Carpooled

    7.99%

  3. Public Transit

    6.37%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Plymouth County, MA was Drove Alone (77.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.99%) and those who Public Transit (6.37%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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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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