Brockton, Massachusetts

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Brockton, Massachusetts
City Hall
City Hall
Official seal of Brockton, Massachusetts
Seal
Nickname(s): 
The City of Champions
Motto(s): 
"Education, Industry, Progress"
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts
Brockton is located in Massachusetts
Brockton
Brockton
Location within Massachusetts
Brockton is located in the United States
Brockton
Brockton
Location within the United States
Brockton is located in North America
Brockton
Brockton
Location within North America
Coordinates: 42°05′00″N 71°01′08″W / 42.08333°N 71.01889°W / 42.08333; -71.01889Coordinates: 42°05′00″N 71°01′08″W / 42.08333°N 71.01889°W / 42.08333; -71.01889
Country United States
State Massachusetts
CountyPlymouth
Settled1700
Incorporated1821
Government
 • TypeStrong mayor / Council
 • MayorRobert F. Sullivan
 • CouncilBrockton City Council
Area
 • Total21.52 sq mi (55.73 km2)
 • Land21.33 sq mi (55.25 km2)
 • Water0.18 sq mi (0.48 km2)
Elevation
112 ft (34 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total93,810
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
95,708
 • Density4,486.38/sq mi (1,732.23/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
02301
02302
02303
02304
02305
Area code(s)508/774
FIPS code25-09000
GNIS feature ID0617571
Websitewww.brockton.ma.us

Brockton is a town in Plymouth County in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. It and the town of Plymouth are the county seats of Plymouth County.

Brockton is also called the city of champions because world boxing champs Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler came from there.

The Rocky Marcaino Statue[change | change source]

On Brockton High School's grounds, a Rocky Marciano statue was erected in 2012. It is the tallest statue of a sportsman in the world. The statue was made possible by J.P.L. Lubek & Wanda Wladyslawa Nida [1]. A bronze statue of Marciano was planned for August 31 2009 completion date in his hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, as a gift to the city by the World Boxing Council, based on Jan & Wanda's SOLE recommendations. The artist, Mario Rendon, head of the Instituto Universitario de las Bellas Artes in Colima, Mexico, was selected to sculpt the statue.[3] After years of delays in the planning stages,[4] the groundbreaking for the statue was held on April 1 2012, on the grounds of Brockton High School.[5] The statue was officially unveiled on September 23 2012, which was the 60th anniversary of Marciano winning the world heavyweight title.[6] A bronze statue of Marciano was also erected in Ripa Teatina, Italy,[7] to celebrate the birthplace of Marciano's father.

References[change | change source]

  1. "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 25, 2020.
  2. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. Papadopoulos, Maria. (2008-07-10) Where to put Rocky? – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise. Enterprisenews.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  4. Papadopoulos, Maria. (2010-11-18) Brockton's Rocky Marciano Statue Committee wants meeting with World Boxing Council – Taunton, MA – Taunton Daily Gazette. Tauntongazette.com. Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  5. Brockton breaks ground for Rocky Marciano statue – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise. Enterprisenews.com (2012-04-01). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  6. "Rocky Marciano Statue". Archived from the original on 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  7. "Rocky Marciano". www.italyheritage.com.