Pembroke is an attractive suburban community located in the South Shore area of southeastern Massachusetts. The town is located 26 miles south of Boston, 16 miles north of Plymouth and 14 miles east of Brockton. The town’s current population is 18,549 (2007 Census) up from a level of 14,544 in 1990. Pembroke contains 23.48 square miles (21.85 square miles of land area) and the population density is currently 836 persons per square mile. The population density has increased from 666 persons per square mile in 1990.
Pembroke is located off Route 3, a major highway connecting to Boston via Interstate 93 to the north, to the Route 128/Interstate 95 beltway around the western suburbs of Boston, and Plymouth and Cape Cod to the south. Other regional highways include Routes 14, 53, 27, 139 and 44. These highways provide connections to adjoining communities as well as Boston, Quincy, Brockton, Plymouth and Taunton and Providence. The town is also accessible to MBTA Commuter Rail service in nearby Hanson, Halifax, and Kingston, and the MBTA Red Line in Braintree and Quincy.
The town has an Open Town Meeting form of government, with a five member Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator. Elected or appointed boards and commissions direct much of the Town’s operations.
Pembroke has traditionally been an agricultural and industrial community, but since WorldWar II has become primarily a residential community providing housing for persons working in the greater Boston metropolitan area.