South Plainfield is a medium-sized borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 24,290 people and six constituent neighborhoods, South Plainfield is the 82nd largest community in New Jersey.
Housing costs in South Plainfield are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in New Jersey.
Unlike some boroughs where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, South Plainfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, South Plainfield is a borough of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in South Plainfield who work in office and administrative support (15.14%), management occupations (10.74%), and sales jobs (10.18%).
Also of interest is that South Plainfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, South Plainfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, South Plainfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is South Plainfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
In South Plainfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.61 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.
For the size of the borough, public transportation in South Plainfield is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For South Plainfield, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The population of South Plainfield is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 36.75% of adults in South Plainfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.
The per capita income in South Plainfield in 2010 was $36,640, which is middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $146,560 for a family of four. However, South Plainfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
South Plainfield is an extremely ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call South Plainfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of South Plainfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. South Plainfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 14.91% of the borough’s residents. Important ancestries of people in South Plainfield include Irish, German, Polish, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of South Plainfield's cultural character, accounting for 24.36% of the borough’s population.
The most common language spoken in South Plainfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.