In 1621, a group of religious pilgrims shared a meal with members of the Pokanoket tribe in what is now Plymouth, Mass. This year, people are enjoying Thanksgiving meals in Plymouth, Calif., Plymouth, N.C., and Plymouth, Utah.
The seaside Massachusetts town where the first Thanksgiving meal was celebrated is arguably the best-known “Plymouth,” but there are 30 cities, towns, and townships around the country sharing the name, according to the US Census.
Plymouth, Minn., is the largest municipality with the name in the United States. Its population is about 74,000 people. The smallest Plymouth is a township of 46 residents in North Dakota.
In Wisconsin, there are four Plymouths — three towns and a city. In Ohio, there are three. In Michigan, two.
Plymouth also shows up as a county name in two states: Iowa and Massachusetts.
Plymouth, Mass., was named for a city in England, as were many of the state’s cities and towns. But the name has spread throughout the country.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are the communities around the United States named Plymouth.
|Plymouth charter township||Michigan||27,411|
|Plymouth town||New Hampshire||6,959|
|Plymouth township||North Carolina||6,723|
|Plymouth town||New York||1,860|
|New Plymouth city||Idaho||1,032|
|Plymouth township||North Dakota||46|
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Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the largest municipality with the name Plymouth in the United States. It is Plymouth, Minn.