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 (14.01%), sales jobs (10.50%), and management occupations (8.65%).

One downside of living in North Plainfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In North Plainfield, the average commute to work is 31.84 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the borough, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly borough. Many of North Plainfield’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in North Plainfield use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of North Plainfield‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of North Plainfield citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.82% of adults in North Plainfield have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in North Plainfield in 2010 was $27,998, 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 $111,992 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in North Plainfield, accounting for 47.85% of the borough’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of North Plainfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in North Plainfield include Irish, German, English, and Polish.

In addition, North Plainfield has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (35.91%).

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