Pleasantville, NJ
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Pleasantville is a medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 20,755 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Pleasantville is the 95th largest community in New Jersey.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pleasantville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pleasantville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Pleasantville who work in food service (17.55%), maintenance occupations (12.18%), and personal care services (11.16%).

One of the nice things about Pleasantville is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

Pleasantville has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Pleasantville has quite a high level of public transit users. Pleasantville’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The rate of college-level education in Pleasantville is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.38% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pleasantville in 2010 was $17,857, which is low income relative to New Jersey and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $71,428 for a family of four. However, Pleasantville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Pleasantville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Pleasantville 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 Pleasantville, accounting for 40.70% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Pleasantville residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Pleasantville include Irish, Italian, English, and Haitian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Pleasantville's cultural character, accounting for 25.15% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Pleasantville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French Creole.