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Retirement Living In Plymouth County - Massachusetts

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Area Description

Plymouth County lies in close proximity to the City of Boston and only minutes from Cape Cod. Established in 1620 when the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower to begin their new lives in the New World, the County consists of 26 towns and the City of Brockton. Seven of its towns are coastal on the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay.

The County has 4 distinct areas, Metrosouth and the City of Brockton on its western edge, Cranberry Country to the south and home to a thriving cranberry industry, The South Shore, rich in history, typical New England villages with town greens and white steepled churches and of course Plymouth, America's Hometown complete with unspoiled beaches, secluded pinelands, protected open spaces and nature preserves.

In 2020 Plymouth will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims. You'll find bus and/or commuter rail service to Boston & Providence from many communities. Plymouth County is a region that offers a lot of everything for residents and visitors alike.

Includes Cities/Towns: Accord, Brant Rock, Bridgewater, Brockton, Bryantville, East Wareham, Green Harbor, Greenbush, Hingham, Hull, Humarock, Marion, Marshfield, Marshfield Hills, Mattapoisett, Minot, North Marshfield, North Scituate, Norwell, Ocean Bluff, Onset, Rochester, Scituate, Wareham, West Wareham, White Horse Beach, Whitman.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Plymouth County offers numerous historic attractions such as Pilgrim Hall Museum, the Nation's oldest history museum, Plimoth Plantation & Mayflower II (currently in repair in CT through 2019). There's also whale watching, deep-sea fishing, cranberry harvest tours and festivals. Additionally, tin-lantern evening history and ghost tours, an annual America's Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving, many arts & culture museums, breweries, wineries and a distillery, restaurants and seaside dining all along the South Shore's coast offering fresh catch right off the boat. And for birders, we're home to 3 Audubon sanctuaries.

Spend a day at one of our many beaches, delve into Pilgrim history, discover local art & talent at a museum or performance center and sample some of the best food in the Commonwealth.

Cultural Activities

Each Plymouth County area has both history and art & culture museums. Free summer concerts take place in Plymouth & the Village of Onset in Wareham, Art Museums are located in Cohasset, Duxbury, Norwell & Plymouth. Brockton's Historical Society celebrates its shoe industry and its boxing champions; Rocky Marciano and Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Brockton has a Symphony Orchestra and Plymouth a Philharmonic Orchestra offering quality concerts for over 100 years.
There's also an annual folk concert and numerous free musical performances on the waterfront and along Main Street in Plymouth Center. There are 3 local theater groups producing plays throughout the year plus numerous choral societies offering seasonal concerts.

Public transportation

Commuter rail service on The Old Colony Line and P&B bus service is available 7 days a week to and from Boston. P&B also offers service to and from Providence. GATRA bus transportation within greater Plymouth is available Monday-Saturday.

Medical Facilities

Beth Israel Deaconess Plymouth, Plymouth
Wellness Center at Cordage Park, Plymouth
Brockton Hospital, Brockton
Tobey Hospital , Wareham
South Shore Hospital, Weymouth

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Plymouth County, Massachusetts?

Plymouth County is a 4-season region; spring begins cool with temperatures in the 40s but increases by summer to average 70s & 80s temps with occasional "heat waves" (3 consecutive days of 90 plus) but with cool coastal breezes. Fall is mostly picture perfect with temps in the 60s and 70s with bright sunshine and winters can be either mild with under a foot of snow or as much as 100" in an exceptionally harsh winter.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  19  29  38
 Feb  22  31  40
 Mar  28  38  47
 Apr  37  47  57
 May  46  57  68
 Jun  56  67  77
 Jul  62  72  82
 Aug  61  71  81
 Sep  53  63  73
 Oct  42  53  63
 Nov  34  44  53
 Dec  25  34  43

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  28  1
 Feb  0  24  0
 Mar  0  21  0
 Apr  0  7  0
 May  0  1  0
 Jun  2  0  0
 Jul  4  0  0
 Aug  2  0  0
 Sep  0  0  0
 Oct  0  4  0
 Nov  0  13  0
 Dec  0  24  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  4 "  11  19 %
 Feb  4 "  10  20 %
 Mar  5 "  11  26 %
 Apr  5 "  11  35 %
 May  4 "  12  45 %
 Jun  4 "  11  56 %
 Jul  4 "  9  62 %
 Aug  4 "  9  62 %
 Sep  4 "  9  55 %
 Oct  4 "  10  44 %
 Nov  5 "  11  35 %
 Dec  5 "  12  25 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  12 "  13  5
 Feb  11 "  10  4
 Mar  7 "  6  3
 Apr  2 "  1  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  1 "  1  1
 Dec  8 "  6  4

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Cost of Living for Plymouth County, MA

Plymouth County, Massachusetts cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Plymouth County has every type of housing imaginable throughout its 864 square miles. Oceanfront, city condos, assisted living, apartments for young singles, small starter homes for newlyweds and empty nesters, dozens of communities in a variety of settings to take baby boomers from on-their-own-living to end-of-life care. Many housing options are repurposed facilities such as former armories and 19th-century mills.

Senior Assistance in Plymouth County, MA

Plymouth County, Massachusetts offers the following assistance for seniors:

Most towns and the City of Brockton have services such as Councils on Aging, elder-care facilities, home care, Meals on Wheels, Senior Centers, van services and visiting nurses.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Plymouth County Offer For Retirees?

Mayflower RSVP is a resource for the many volunteer services available throughout the county and the many small, non profit museums provide positions that serve the public as well as educate make life interesting for the volunteer.

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