Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Plymouth County is a county in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 494,919.[1] Its county seats[2] are Plymouth and Brockton.[3] In 1685 the County was created by the Plymouth General Court, the legislature of Plymouth Colony, predating its annexation by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Plymouth County is part of the Boston–Cambridge–Newton, MA–NH Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Plymouth County, Massachusetts
County
County of Plymouth
ScituateMA MenOfKentCemetery FirstChurchSite
First Church Site marker, Men of Kent Cemetery, Meetinghouse Lane, Scituate, Massachusetts
Seal of Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Seal
Map of Massachusetts highlighting Plymouth County

Location within the U.S. state of Massachusetts
Map of the United States highlighting Massachusetts

Massachusetts's location within the U.S.
Founded1685
SeatPlymouth and Brockton
Largest cityBrockton
Area
 • Total1,093 sq mi (2,831 km2)
 • Land659 sq mi (1,707 km2)
 • Water434 sq mi (1,124 km2), 40%
Population (est.)
 • (2018)518,132
 • Density751/sq mi (290/km2)
Congressional districts4th, 8th, 9th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.plymouthcountyma.gov

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,093 square miles (2,830 km2), of which 659 square miles (1,710 km2) is land and 434 square miles (1,120 km2) (40%) is water.[4] It is the third-largest county in Massachusetts by total area.

Adjacent counties

The towns of Hingham and Hull in Plymouth County extend north of Norfolk County and face onto Massachusetts Bay, sharing a northern water boundary with Suffolk County.

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
179029,512
180030,0731.9%
181035,16916.9%
182038,1368.4%
183043,04412.9%
184047,37310.1%
185055,69717.6%
186064,76816.3%
187065,3650.9%
188074,01813.2%
189092,70025.2%
1900113,98523.0%
1910144,33726.6%
1920156,9688.8%
1930162,3113.4%
1940168,8244.0%
1950189,46812.2%
1960248,44931.1%
1970333,31434.2%
1980405,43721.6%
1990435,2767.4%
2000472,8228.6%
2010494,9194.7%
Est. 2018518,132[5]4.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2018[1]
JacobThaxterHouse
Jacob Thaxter House in Hingham

2000 census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 472,822 people, 168,361 households, and 122,398 families residing in the county. The population density was 716 people per square mile (276/km²). There were 181,524 housing units at an average density of 275 per square mile (106/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.70% White, 4.56% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.92% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.06% from other races, and 2.52% from two or more races. 2.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.0% were of Irish, 12.8% Italian, 10.6% English and 5.1% American ancestry, 90.1% spoke English, 2.5% Spanish, 2.3% Portuguese, 1.5% French Creole and 1.0% French as their first language.

There were 168,361 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 30.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,615, and the median income for a family was $65,554 (these figures had risen to $70,335 and $82,560 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[11]). Males had a median income of $45,535 versus $31,389 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,789. About 4.90% of families and 6.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 7.90% of those age 65 or over.

The leading ancestry group in Plymouth County is Irish, with 31%. Plymouth County, along with Norfolk County, Massachusetts, claims the highest percentage of people with Irish ancestry in the United States.[12]

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 494,919 people, 181,126 households, and 127,925 families residing in the county.[13] The population density was 750.9 inhabitants per square mile (289.9/km2). There were 200,161 housing units at an average density of 303.7 per square mile (117.3/km2).[14] The racial makeup of the county was 85.5% white, 7.2% black or African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% American Indian, 3.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 3.2% of the population.[13] In terms of ancestry, 33.7% were Irish, 15.8% were Italian, 15.3% were English, 7.3% were German, and 3.7% were American.[15]

Of the 181,126 households, 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 29.4% were non-families, and 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 41.1 years.[13]

The median income for a household in the county was $73,131 and the median income for a family was $86,251. Males had a median income of $60,303 versus $43,837 for females. The per capita income for the county was $33,333. About 5.0% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.3% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.[16]

Demographic breakdown by town

Income

The ranking of unincorporated communities that are included on the list are reflective if the census designated locations and villages were included as cities or towns. Data is from the 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates.[17][18][19]

Rank Town Per capita
income
Median
household
income
Median
family
income
Population Number of
households
Duxbury CDP $80,077 $113,672 $218,542 1,459 555
South Duxbury CDP $68,911 $139,712 $169,671 3,435 1,260
Hingham CDP $61,486 $104,926 $134,637 5,856 2,117
The Pinehills CDP $58,507 $91,875 $115,819 922 488
1 Hingham Town $56,671 $99,318 $132,744 21,916 8,046
2 Duxbury Town $55,510 $122,396 $139,873 14,978 5,256
3 Norwell Town $48,440 $109,167 $118,679 10,430 3,468
Green Harbor CDP $47,993 $128,828 $134,157 2,245 876
Marshfield Hills CDP $47,593 $102,344 $135,396 2,485 916
4 Scituate Town $47,122 $89,485 $111,893 18,115 6,957
Marion Center CDP $45,404 $83,413 $97,102 1,081 435
5 Marion Town $43,383 $87,793 $90,536 4,926 1,873
6 Hull Town $43,290 $72,036 $95,964 10,391 4,672
North Scituate CDP $43,214 $84,712 $107,606 5,394 1,955
Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock CDP $42,296 $77,245 $89,940 4,705 1,920
7 Marshfield Town $42,269 $93,743 $110,756 25,059 9,322
Scituate CDP $40,337 $69,388 $107,647 5,201 2,169
8 Hanover Town $39,631 $100,982 $114,484 13,813 4,729
North Lakeville CDP $39,363 $67,361 $103,456 2,174 840
9 Mattapoisett Town $39,312 $82,065 $95,568 6,073 2,436
10 Kingston Town $37,783 $77,288 $86,489 12,556 4,624
11 Plympton Town $37,755 $93,882 $102,773 2,799 991
Kingston CDP $36,335 $67,292 $75,671 5,695 2,250
Marshfield CDP $36,112 $71,938 $100,855 4,501 1,838
12 Pembroke Town $35,228 $82,064 $98,156 17,740 6,291
Massachusetts State $35,051 $65,981 $83,371 6,512,227 2,522,409
13 Lakeville Town $35,010 $93,260 $104,416 10,533 3,586
Plymouth Center CDP $34,997 $51,463 $80,924 6,900 3,177
14 Rochester Town $34,994 $98,728 $104,496 5,159 1,699
15 Halifax Town $34,880 $83,522 $89,456 7,516 2,798
Mattapoisett Center CDP $34,877 $65,034 $85,758 2,898 1,223
Plymouth County County $34,285 $74,698 $88,110 492,934 178,996
16 Plymouth Town $33,891 $76,631 $90,764 56,011 20,946
17 West Bridgewater Town $33,590 $80,729 $95,182 6,896 2,432
18 Abington Town $33,386 $81,677 $92,839 15,841 5,962
19 Hanson Town $32,864 $89,000 $96,705 10,148 3,436
North Pembroke CDP $32,239 $74,866 $80,776 3,090 1,180
20 East Bridgewater Town $31,802 $79,676 $98,113 13,704 4,682
21 Whitman Town $31,378 $74,610 $87,713 14,430 5,192
22 Middleborough Town $31,179 $73,490 $85,769 22,807 8,059
West Wareham CDP $31,166 $43,029 $63,452 2,178 963
Hanson CDP $30,630 $88,750 $95,085 1,932 666
23 Rockland Town $30,325 $63,896 $74,203 17,515 6,912
24 Bridgewater Town $29,460 $88,697 $101,641 26,508 7,927
25 Carver Town $29,176 $70,608 $85,996 11,481 4,286
26 Wareham Town $28,066 $52,556 $64,891 21,673 9,176
United States Country $27,915 $52,762 $64,293 306,603,772 114,761,359
Weweantic CDP $27,543 $45,833 $51,563 2,008 870
North Plymouth CDP $27,533 $54,000 $77,952 3,740 1,452
Onset CDP $27,391 $41,458 $44,507 1,026 605
Wareham Center CDP $27,391 $45,392 $54,357 3,122 1,533
Middleborough Center CDP $26,763 $59,112 $76,111 6,593 2,407
White Island Shores CDP $25,656 $88,519 $91,250 2,186 680
Bridgewater CDP $22,994 $60,744 $79,621 7,724 2,359
27 Brockton City $22,312 $49,848 $57,228 93,916 33,238

Government and politics

From the late 19th to late 20th century, Plymouth County was a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. From 1876 to 1988, only three Democrats carried the county: Lyndon Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter. Since 1992, however, it has become solidly Democratic, though less so relative to other counties in the state.

The executive authority of the County government is vested in the County Commissioners. The current Commissioners are Chairman Sandra M. Wright[21][22] (R- Bridgewater), Gregory M. Hanley[23][21] (D- Pembroke), and Daniel A. Pallotta[23][21] (R- Hanover). Register of Deeds John R. Buckley, Jr.[24] (D- Brockton), Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald[25] (R- Kingston), County Treasurer Thomas J. O'Brien[26] (D- Kingston), and Clerk of Courts Robert S. Creedon. Jr.[27] (D- Brockton), also serve as elected officials of the county of Plymouth.

County seal

The seal was adopted by the Plymouth County Commissioners on March 31, 1931 under the authority of the General Laws, Chapter 34, Section 14, and was designed by Frederic T. Bailey of North Scituate who was, at that time and for many years, Chairman of the county commissioners.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 17, 2018[28]
Party Number of voters Percentage
Democratic 93,571 25.91%
Republican 46,856 12.97%
Unenrolled 215,247 59.59%
Minor Parties 1,322 0.37%
Total 361,186 100%

Media

For television, the city is served by the Boston and the Providence media markets; no television stations are located within the county.

Radio stations located in Plymouth County include:

Call sign Frequency City of license[29][30] Licensee[30][31] Format
WATD-FM 95.9 FM Marshfield Marshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc. Adult contemporary
WBMS 1460 AM Brockton Marshfield Broadcasting Co., Inc. Adult contemporary
WBIM-FM 91.5 FM Bridgewater Bridgewater State University College radio, alternative
WKAF 97.7 FM Brockton CC Licenses, LLC Urban adult contemporary
WPLM 1390 AM Plymouth Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc. Various
WPLM-FM 99.1 FM Plymouth Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Co., Inc. Adult contemporary
WRPS 88.3 FM Rockland Rockland Public Schools High school radio
WSMA 90.5 FM Scituate Calvary Chapel of Twin Falls, Inc. Religious
WVBF 1530 AM Middleborough Center Steven J. Callahan Talking Information Center
WWTA 88.5 FM Marion Tabor Academy High school radio
WZBR 1410 AM Dedham Kingdom Church Contemporary Christian music

The first radio broadcast in history was made in 1906, from the Brant Rock neighborhood in the town of Marshfield.

The Brockton Enterprise is the only daily newspaper published in the county, although the Quincy Patriot Ledger has extensive coverage of the South Shore of Massachusetts generally and Plymouth County in particular.

There are numerous weekly newspapers published in the county, including:

Many were operated by the Memorial Press Group, based in Plymouth, until the chain was sold to GateHouse Media in 2006. The flagship of the group was the Old Colony Memorial, the oldest continually published weekly newspaper in New England, first published in 1822.

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other villages

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  2. ^ The term shire town is the statutory term for the Massachusetts town having a county court and administration offices, but county seat is the standard term used in general communications by the Massachusetts government. See, for example: Secretary of the Commonwealth: A Listing of Counties and the Cities and Towns Within http://www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cisctlist/ctlistcoun.htm.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 14, 2014. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Community Facts". factfinder.census.gov.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 5, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2017.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  14. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 – County". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  16. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006–2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  17. ^ "SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  18. ^ "ACS DEMOGRAPHIC AND HOUSING ESTIMATES 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  19. ^ "HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES 2007–2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 26, 2013.
  20. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org.
  21. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 23, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ http://www.patriotledger.com/answerbook/plymouth/x4795421/Wright-ousts-McMullen-from-Plymouth-County-board
  23. ^ a b Feijo, Sara. "Hanley, Pallotta win Plymouth County Commissioner seat". patriotledger.com.
  24. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 20, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  25. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  26. ^ "Home Page - Plymouth County Retirement Association". www.pcr-ma.org.
  27. ^ "Massachusetts Court System". Mass.gov.
  28. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 17, 2018" (PDF). Massachusetts Elections Division. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  29. ^ FM Query – FM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ a b AM Query – AM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ FM Query – FM Radio Technical Information – Audio Division (FCC) USA Archived August 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Abington Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Abington, MA". Abington Mariner.
  33. ^ "June 13, 2018 - Duxbury Clipper: Your Hometown Newspaper since 1950". www.duxburyclipper.com.
  34. ^ "Wicked Local Duxbury: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Duxbury, MA". Wicked Local Duxbury.
  35. ^ "Halifax-Plympton Reporter: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Halifax, MA". Halifax.
  36. ^ "The Hingham Journal: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Hingham, MA". The Hingham Journal.
  37. ^ "Marshfield Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Marshfield, MA". Marshfield Mariner.
  38. ^ "Wicked Local Plymouth: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Plymouth, MA". Wicked Local Plymouth.
  39. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 5, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  40. ^ "Pembroke Mariner & Express: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Pembroke, MA". Pembroke Mariner & Express.
  41. ^ "Scituate Mariner: Local & World News, Sports & Entertainment in Scituate, MA". Scituate Mariner.
  42. ^ "The Wanderer". www.wanderer.com.

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Coordinates: 41°59′N 70°44′W / 41.99°N 70.74°W

Cormorant Rock (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Cormorant Rock is an island in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA. It lies off the coast of the Town of Mattapoisett. It also lies off the coast of the Town of Fairhaven (in neighboring Bristol County).

Dunham Pond (Carver, Massachusetts)

Dunham Pond is a 45-acre (180,000 m2) pond in Carver, Massachusetts, United States. The pond is located northeast of Sampsons Pond and southwest of Federal Pond.

Eel River (Massachusetts)

The Eel River is a 3.9-mile (6.3 km) river mostly in the village of Chiltonville in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Its headwaters are springs and small ponds above Russell Millpond. Its watershed encompasses approximately 15 square miles (39 km2). It flows along Plimoth Plantation and Plymouth Beach for about ½ mile before emptying into Plymouth Harbor between the beach and Manters Point.

Great Quittacas Pond

Great Quittacas Pond is a lake, reservoir, or pond within the towns of Lakeville, Middleboro, and Rochester, in southeastern Massachusetts. It shares its waters with Pocksha Pond and possibly nearby Little Quittacas Pond. These lakes provide a source of drinking water to the city of New Bedford, the largest city in southeastern Massachusetts.

Hull, Massachusetts

Hull is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, located on a peninsula at the southern edge of Boston Harbor. Its population was 10,293 at the 2010 census. Hull is the smallest town by land area in Plymouth County and the fourth smallest in the state. However, its population density is within the top thirty towns in the state.

Hull has been the summer home to several luminaries throughout the years, including Calvin Coolidge and former Boston mayor John F. Fitzgerald (also known as "Honey Fitz"), the father of Rose Kennedy and father-in-law of Joseph Kennedy, Sr..

Indian Head Pond (Massachusetts)

Indian Head Pond is a 121-acre (0.49 km2) pond in Hanson, Massachusetts. The pond is a tributary to Furnace Pond, a public water supply, and is the headwaters to Indian Head Brook.

Isaac Winslow House

The Isaac Winslow House, also known as the Winslow House Museum, is a mansion located in Marshfield, Massachusetts built around 1700. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kingston, Massachusetts

Kingston is a coastal town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. According to the 2010 Census, it had a population of 12,629.

Lake Nippenicket

Lake Nippenicket, known locally as The Nip, is a freshwater pond in the town of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and immediately adjacent to Raynham, Massachusetts. The lake borders a tiny portion of Route 104, and is near the junction of I-495 and Route 24. Lake Nippenicket is part of the Taunton River Watershed, emptying into the Town River and into the Taunton River, and a good-size portion of it is included with the Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area.

Little Quittacas Pond

Little Quittacas Pond is a lake/reservoir/pond within the towns of Lakeville and Rochester, in southeastern Massachusetts. Little Quittacas is one of the five great ponds of Southeastern Massachusetts that includes Long Pond, Assawompset Pond. Pocksha Pond, Great Quittacas and Little Quittacas Ponds. It is the location of the New Bedford Water Works. These lakes provide a source of drinking water to the city of New Bedford, the largest city in southeastern Massachusetts. Snipatuit Pond is an outlier pond that flows into Buzzards Bay, via the Mattapoisett River and is connected to Great Quittacas through Snipituit Brook. The other great ponds drain into Narragansett Bay through the Taunton River. The five ponds are the largest natural fresh watersheds in Massachusetts.

Marshfield, Massachusetts

Marshfield is a town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States, on Massachusetts's South Shore. The population was 25,132 at the 2010 census.See also: Green Harbor, Marshfield (CDP), Marshfield Hills, and Ocean Bluff-Brant Rock.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Plymouth County, Massachusetts

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in a map.There are 134 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county, including 5 National Historic Landmarks.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted June 7, 2019.

Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. The Pilgrims did not refer to Plymouth Rock in any of their writings; the first known written reference to the rock dates to 1715 when it was described in the town boundary records as "a great rock." The first documented claim that Plymouth Rock was the landing place of the Pilgrims was made by Elder Thomas Faunce in 1741, 121 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. From that time to the present, Plymouth Rock has occupied a prominent spot in American tradition and has been interpreted by later generations as a symbol of both the virtues and the flaws of the first English people who colonized New England. In 1774, the rock broke in half during an attempt to haul it to Town Square in Plymouth. The top portion (the fragment now visible) sat in Town Square, was moved to Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1834, and was returned to its original site on the shore of Plymouth Harbor in 1880. Today it is ensconced beneath a granite canopy designed by McKim, Mead & White.

Pocksha Pond

Pocksha Pond is a lake/reservoir/pond within the towns of Lakeville and Middleboro, in southeastern Massachusetts. It shares its waters with Great Quittacas Pond and openly connected with Assawompset Pond. These lakes provides a source of drinking water to the city of New Bedford, the largest city in southeastern Massachusetts.

Russell Pond (Massachusetts)

Russell Pond is a 14-acre (57,000 m2) pond in Kingston, Massachusetts. The pond is located northeast of Indian Pond off Route 80. The pond is the headwaters to Furnace Brook, a tributary of the Jones River. The water quality is impaired due to non-native aquatic plants and non-native fish in the pond.

Sandy Pond (Wareham, Massachusetts)

Sandy Pond is an 18-acre (73,000 m2) pond in Wareham, Massachusetts. The pond is located east of Spectacle Pond and Mill Pond, and south of Glen Charlie Pond.

Silver Lake (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Silver Lake is a 640-acre (2.6 km2) lake in Pembroke, Kingston, and Plympton, Massachusetts, south of Route 27 and east of Route 36. The Pembroke/Plympton town line is entirely within the lake, and a portion of the western shoreline of the lake is the town line with Halifax. It used to be called the Jones River Pond, but its name was changed to Silver Lake in the 1800s in a marketing effort to sell more ice from it. The lake is the principal water supply for the City of Brockton, whose water treatment plant is on Route 36 in Halifax. The inflow of the pond is Tubbs Meadow Brook, and the pond is the headwaters of the Jones River. Occasionally water is diverted into Silver Lake from Monponsett Pond in Halifax and Furnace Pond in Pembroke (through Tubbs Meadow Brook) whenever there is a water shortage. Although the lake is a reservoir, which prevents recreational activities to keep the drinking water clean, the water from the diversions are not and can pump in contaminated water. Monponsett Pond in particular has reoccurring toxic algae growths which get transferred into the lake. It is supposed to be the main source of the Jones River by contributing aboot twenty percent of the river's flow, but the Forge Pond Dam near its base lets out minimal, some years no, water to the river. This also prevents migratory aquatic animals from reaching the lake. Brockton prefers to keep the dam to have more accessible water. Access to the pond is through Silver Lake Sanctuary, a 92-acre (370,000 m2) property where one can walk, hike and fish, which is located at the end of Barses Lane, off Route 27 in Kingston.

Smelt Pond

Smelt Pond is a 44-acre (180,000 m2) pond in Kingston, Massachusetts. The pond is located west of the Independence Mall and north of U.S. Route 44. Camp Nekon, a 193-acre (0.78 km2) former Girl Scout camp which closed in 1975 and has since become a recreation area, surrounds the pond. The water quality is impaired due to non-native aquatic plants and non-native fish in the pond.

Town River

The Town River is a river in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. It flows 10.6 miles (17.1 km) from the northeast end of Lake Nippenicket in the town of Bridgewater, flowing easterly through West Bridgewater, then south back into Bridgewater where it joins with the Matfield River to form the Taunton River.

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