North Plainfield, NJ
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North Plainfield is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 22,140 people and five constituent neighborhoods, North Plainfield is the 89th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some boroughs, North Plainfield isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in North Plainfield are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, North Plainfield is a borough of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in North Plainfield who work in office and administrative support (14.33%), sales jobs (11.47%), and maintenance occupations (8.77%).

One downside of living in North Plainfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.67 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the borough, public transportation in North Plainfield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking taxis. For North Plainfield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

In terms of college education, North Plainfield is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.50% of adults 25 and older in the borough have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in North Plainfield in 2010 was $28,287, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $113,148 for a family of four. However, North Plainfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

North Plainfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call North Plainfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of North Plainfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. North Plainfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 45.55% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in North Plainfield include Irish, German, Polish, and English.

North Plainfield also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.03%.

The most common language spoken in North Plainfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Gujarathi.