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.

Unlike some cities, Plainfield isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Plainfield are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (14.27%), office and administrative support (11.36%), and sales jobs (8.88%).

In Plainfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.17 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Plainfield is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, taxis helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Plainfield area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

In terms of college education, Plainfield is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.52% of adults 25 and older in Plainfield have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Plainfield in 2010 was $22,837, 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 $91,348 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 38.27% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Plainfield include Italian, Irish, German, and African.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Plainfield's cultural character, accounting for 39.45% of the city’s population.

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