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Pembroke, Massachusetts

  •   State: 
    Plymouth County
      County FIPS: 
    42°4′N 70°49′W
      Area total: 
    23.5 sq mi (60.8 km²)
      Area land: 
    21.8 sq mi (56.6 km²)
      Area water: 
    1.6 sq mi (4.2 km²)
    70 ft (21 m)
    1650; Settled 1650; Incorporated 1712
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    842.2 residents per square mile of area (324.4/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
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Pembroke is a small historic town in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States. The town is located about halfway between Boston and Cape Cod. The median household income was $119,827 at the 2020 census. The area was once a part of Duxbury, before incorporating as a separate town in 1712, and was ultimately named for the town of Pem Broke, Wales. The land was part of the Major's Purchase, a large tract of lands bought from Josias Wampatuck of the Massachusetts by a group of English investors in 1650. Shipbuilding was among the area's industries, with five yards along the North River. By the turn of the 20th century, the town's ponds and streams had sprung up along the river and the streams provided water for cranberry mills. Because of its proximity to timber and location on the river, the town in its early years was known for its shipbuilding industry. The North River was the location of five shipyardsBrick Kiln Yard, Seabury Point, Job's Landing, Turner's Yard and Macy's. It was along the same river, on the Columbia side of the Columbia, that the Norwell River, namesake of the town seal, was launched. By 1924 there were 17 cranberry growers in the town, with 14 of them listed as having Bryantville addresses. In the same year there were 14 poultry farmers, listed by the same directory as Bryantville, indicating that there were numerous bogs in the area.


Pembroke/Hanover is a town in Worcester County, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1712 and was named for the town of Pembrooke, Wales. The town's water resources include the North River and Indian Head River; its ponds, Oldham, Furnace, Great Sandy Bottom, Little Sandy Bottom and Stetson Ponds; and Silver Lake. Shipbuilding and box manufacturing became important factors in the development of the town. The area was once a part of Duxbury, before incorporating as a separate town in1712. The North River was the location of five shipyards, including the Beaver, a vessel made famous for its role in the Boston Tea Party, and the Maria, memorialized on the town seal. The Brockton and Plymouth Co. Railway initiated the popular summer trolley service from Brockton to Hanover in 1871. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, the town's ponds became an attraction for summer vacationers seeking relief from the heat in Plymouth and Brockton. By 1924, there were 14 poultry farmers listed in the PemBroke directory, indicating that by that time there was well established poultry raising in that town. A Massachusetts Historical Commission reconnaissance survey report dated June 1981 indicated that in the early 17th century there were 17 cranberry bogs in the town, with 14 producers as having Bryantville addresses. The name of Brookfield was rejected because it was already in use by the town that still bears this name.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 23.5 square miles (61 km²) Pembroke is approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of Brockton, 13 miles (21 km) northwest of Plymouth, and 27 miles (43 km) southeast of Boston. It is bordered by Norwell to the north, Marshfield to the northeast, Duxbury to the east, Kingston to the southeast, Plympton to the south, Halifax to the southwest, Hanson to the west, and Hanover to the northwest. The town has its own municipal forest, which is divided into sections around town. A website displays many pictures of the plants and animals of the area, for example, eagles, herons, egrets, turtles, raccoons and fox. One notable water resource in Pem Broke is Great Sandy Bottom Pond, the water of which is currently leased to the Abington-Rockland Water Commission. PemBroke is located on the North River, which once provided the lumber for the shipbuilding industry. The North River was once a major shipping route for the United States, and is still used for shipping today. It was also used for the construction of the World Trade Center in New York City, which was built in the 1930s and 1940s. It has been the site of several major accidents, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor, as well as the derailment of a plane in World War II.


Massachusetts Route 3 passes through the town's northeast corner, skirting the irregular border with Marshfield. The town's other state routes include Routes 14, 27, 36, 53 and 139. There is no rail or air service in the town. The nearest national and international air service is at Logan International Airport in Boston. The KingstonRoute 3 line of the MBTA's Commuter Rail passes just to the southeast of town, with the nearest stops being in Hanson and Halifax. Two public municipal airports are nearby: Cranland Airport in Hanson, and Marshfield Municipal Airport. The town is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs from Boston to New York City. It is also on the New England Interstate Highway System, which connects Boston to the East Coast and the West Coast. It also connects to the Atlantic Coast Highway, which goes from New York to New England and the Atlantic Ocean. The Town of Marshfield has a population of about 2,000 people, with most of its residents living in or near the town center. It was founded in 1838. It has a history of being part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which was formed in 1839. It became part of Massachusetts in 1841. It now has its own town hall, which is located in the center of the town, along with a number of other historic buildings and structures. The current town hall was established in 1852. It dates back to the early 19th century, when the town was first incorporated. Its name is derived from the name of a local town.


As of the census of 2007, there were 18,549 people, 5,750 households, and 4,553 families residing in the town. The town's population and population density is slightly smaller than average, just below both averages. As of 2009, Pembroke has a marriage percentage of 62.1 and a divorce percentage of 8.2.As of 2020, the median income for a household in theTown was $119,827. About 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line. The city is located on the Massachusetts Turnpike, which runs from New Hampshire to Maine. It is the only town in the state to be on the turnpike. It was the site of the U.S. Civil War, and the Battle of the Bulge, which took place in 1864. The Battle of Pembrook was fought between the French and the British between 1864 and 1875. The battle was the first to be fought in the United States, and was the last to be won by the French. The site is now home to the Museum of Fine Arts, Science, and Industry, which was founded in 1874. The museum is located in the center of the town, and is open to the public. It has been the home of the Museum since 1876, when it was first opened. The Museum is now the home to a museum of fine arts, science, and history. It also houses the Museum's archives, which date back to the 17th century.


Pembroke is governed by the open town meeting form of government. The town is a part of Massachusetts's 9th congressional district. Pembrokke operates its own police and fire departments, with four stations. South Shore Hospital in Weymouth and Jordan Hospital in Plymouth are the nearest hospitals. There are two small private libraries, which are open to the public: the Lydia Drake Library near Brimstone Corner and the Cobb Library in Bryantville. There is a psychiatric hospital in the town, which serves psychiatric patients in the area. The Pem Broke Public Library is located at the town center, and is apart of the SAILS Library Network. The Town of PemBroke is part of the Plymouth and Barnstable District, which includes Bourne, Falmouth, Kingston, Plymouth, Plympton, and Sandwich. It is also in the Sixth Plymouth district, and precincts 26 of the town of Duxbury. It has a population of 2,816. It was the site of the World War II Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. The U.S. Navy has a base in Pem broke, which is located on the tip of the Cape Cod Peninsula. It also has a naval base in the nearby town of Plymouth, which dates back to the late 1800s. The US Navy has one of the largest submarine bases in the world, which was built in the early 20th century. The base is located in the port of Plymouth and is on the Massachusetts Bay.


In 1952, Pembroke was a founding community of the Silver Lake Regional School District, along with Kingston, Halifax, and Plympton. Due to chronic overcrowding which had led to split sessions by 1970 and double sessions by 1974, the town built its own campus of Silver Lake Regional High School in 1976. In 2002, with growing population again an issue, PEmbroke separated from the other towns to reestablish its own school district; its students remained at Silver Lake RHS until 2004. The satellite campus, which had been in service as Silver Lake district's middle school in recent years, was renovated to become Pem Broke High School, and serves students from ninth through twelfth grade. The town has no contract with any vocational schools, the nearest being South Shore Vocational Tech in Hanover. The nearest four-year college is Bridgewater State University; the nearest community colleges are Quincy College's satellite campus in Plymouth and Massasoit Community College in Brockton. PemBroke's athletics teams are known as the Titans (complete with a logo reminiscent of the Tennessee Titans logo), and their colors are blue and white. They compete in the Patriot League, where the teams have already garnered six championships since 2004. The nearest private high school is the Catholic-run Sacred Heart High school in Kingston. The closest high school to Pem broke is in Kingston, which is only a few miles away from the town's main town center. The school district has three elementary schools (Bryantville, Hobomock and North Pemroke), which serve students from kindergarten through sixth grades.

Arts and media

Pembroke is served by the Boston metropolitan media. Regional daily newspapers which cover the town include the Quincy Patriot Ledger and the Brockton Enterprise. The public access organization that serves the town is PACTV, located in Plymouth, MA. The town is supportive to many arts programs, including the PemBroke Imperials Drum & Bugle Corps, a corps active on and off since the 1960s. It is also home to Titan TV News, a monthly show produced by journalism students at Pem Broke High School. It also has a public access channel (13) shared with Plymouth, Duxbury, and Kingston, as well as the education channel (14) and government channel (15) The Pembrokes Government Channel is where you can see gavel-to-gavel coverage of local government meetings held in Pem broke, Massachusetts, government shows with local, county and state officials and other government-related programming. PCN (PACTV Community News) is a local news program shown weekly on channel 13. The education channel features all kinds of performing arts from Pemroke aswell as Titan TV news, a month-long news program produced by journalists from the town's high school. It has a radio station (12) and a television station (15), both of which are available to the public for free on the Internet. It is the home of the Boston-area radio station, Boston Public Radio (BPR), which is based in Boston.

Points of interest

Pembroke Country Club, recently purchased by former NHL player Jeremy Roenick, is an 18-hole course featuring 6,532 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The Grand Old Fish Fry is usually held the first weekend in May at the Thomas Reading Herring Run Park on Route 14 (Barker Street) A Tool Museum was established in the lower level of the Museum Building in 1976 as part of the nation's 1976 Bicentennial celebration. The PemBroke Friends Meetinghouse (1706) is located at Routes 139 and 53. In the 18th and 19th centuries, many leading citizens were Quakers. Among the oldest Quaker sites in America, the structure was deeded to the Historical Society in 1973. Funds raised go to the care and maintenance of the three properties (Friends Meeting House, Adah Hall House and the museum building) owned by the Historical society. The event first began herring were caught with nets and cooked right on site by Chef Bobby Hackett. Unfortunately, the state no longer allows the harvesting of herring due to the low numbers. Fish cakes have replaced the herring meal, and no one seems to be complaining. This is the primary fundraiser and one of the most popular for the Society. The event is held on the weekend of May 14-15. The course rating is 71.1 and it has a slope rating of 124. It was designed by Philip A. Wogan, ASGCA, and opened in 1973 and features 18 holes.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts = 85.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 27. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 30. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Pembroke = 3.3 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,149 individuals with a median age of 38.3 age the population grows by 11.73% in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 842.2 residents per square mile of area (324.4/km²). There are average 2.88 people per household in the 6,535 households with an average household income of $86,669 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.00% of the available work force and has dropped -4.07% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 23.86%. The number of physicians in Pembroke per 100,000 population = 154.6.


The annual rainfall in Pembroke = 48.8 inches and the annual snowfall = 28.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 122. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 201. 82 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 19.4 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 51, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts which are owned by the occupant = 86.68%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 36 years with median home cost = $282,940 and home appreciation of -10.73%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $13.98 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,465 per student. There are 16.8 students for each teacher in the school, 3353 students for each Librarian and 559 students for each Counselor. 9.04% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 21.76% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.64% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Pembroke's population in Plymouth County, Massachusetts of 2,614 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,82-fold to 2,149 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.62% female residents and 49.38% male residents live in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

    As of 2020 in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts are married and the remaining 35.16% are single population.

  • 38.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Pembroke require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    83.76% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.87% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 6.14% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.24% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 86.68% are owner-occupied homes, another 10.52% are rented apartments, and the remaining 2.80% are vacant.

  • The 53.36% of the population in Pembroke, Plymouth County, Massachusetts who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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