Plainfield, NJ
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Plainfield is a medium-sized city located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 51,217 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Plainfield is the 28th largest community in New Jersey.

Plainfield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Plainfield is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainfield who work in maintenance occupations (12.65%), office and administrative support (11.51%), and sales jobs (8.74%).

In Plainfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.83 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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

The education level of Plainfield citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.18% of adults 25 and older in Plainfield have a college degree.

The per capita income in Plainfield in 2010 was $22,541, which is low income relative to New Jersey, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,164 for a family of four. However, Plainfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Plainfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Plainfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plainfield residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Plainfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 38.92% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Plainfield include Italian, German, Irish, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Plainfield's cultural character, accounting for 39.17% of the city’s population.

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