Plymouth is known as “America’s Hometown.” Plymouth was the site of the colony founded in 1620 by the Mayflower Pilgrims, where New England was first established. It is the oldest municipality in New England and one of the oldest in the United States. Plymouth is located approximately 40 miles south of Boston, Massachusetts. The town thrived as a center of rope making, fishing, and shipping, but today its major industry is tourism. Plymouth has experienced commercial and industrial success, with the downtown area and North Plymouth each becoming commercial centers and an industrial park opening outside of the town center. Plymouth has also experienced rapid growth and development in recent years, the town’s inexpensive land costs and low tax rates were factors in the town’s significant population rise. The town has a public library, with a branch location in Manomet. The Plymouth School District is one of the largest in the state, operating fourteen schools. Plymouth lies along the “Pilgrims Highway” portion of Route 3, which is the major route between Cape Cod and Boston. It also has commuter rail and bus service to Boston and is home to the Plymouth Municipal Airport.