Last week, we brought you a post regarding governments named after Thanksgiving’s centerpiece: the turkey. We heard about another handful of Thanksgiving “fun facts” through the U.S. Census Bureau.
There are 37 places and townships in the United States named Plymouth, as in Plymouth Rock, the landing site of the first Pilgrims. Plymouth, Minn., is the most populous, with 70,576 residents in 2010; Plymouth, Mass., had 56,468.
There is just one township in the United States named Pilgrim. Located in Dade County, Mo., its population was 132 in 2010. Like their namesakes, Pilgrim residents are a mobile bunch. See above: 100% of their spending in 2007 went to transportation! We checked into it: looks like the money goes to highway/road maintenance. Their local government doesn’t have a website.
And then there is Mayflower, Ark., population of 2,234 in 2010, where 31 percent of spending was dedicated to utilities in 2008. Back during the days of the real Mayflower, there really weren’t any government-owned-and-operated water, electric light, and power/gas supplies to speak of (that’s the U.S. Census of Governments definition of “utilities”)! There’s also a Mayflower Village, Calif., whose population was 5,515 in 2010.
It goes without saying that the journey of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims was an influential one!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We thank YOU for reading, and we hope that we can continue to provide you with engaging dinner table discussion topics!