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0.51% growth
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2.64% growth
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-0.07% decline
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-1.58% decline


The economy of Plainfield, NJ employs 25,872 people. The economy of Plainfield, NJ is specialized in Admin., Support, Waste Management Services; Transportation & Warehousing; and Wholesale trade, which employ respectively 2.76; 1.59; and 1.56 times more people than what would be expected in a location of this size. The largest industries in Plainfield, NJ are Manufacturing (3,567), Admin., Support, Waste Management Services (3,197), and Healthcare & Social Assistance (2,704), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($85,368), Utilities ($74,773), and Finance & Insurance ($58,194).

Median household income in Plainfield, NJ is $54,500. Males in Plainfield, NJ have an average income that is 1.28 times higher than the average income of females, which is $67,702. The income inequality of Plainfield, NJ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.554 which is higher than the national average.


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Health & Safety

Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Plainfield, NJ. In Union County, NJ the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 6-17, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 67 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $9,267. Essex County, NJ has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in New Jersey.


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Plainfield, NJ is home to a population of 50,678 people, from which 69.8% are citizens. The ethnic composition of the population of Plainfield, NJ is composed of 20,866 Black residents (41.2%), 19,396 Hispanic residents (38.3%), 4,605 White residents (9.1%), 4,327 Other residents (8.54%), and 961 Asian residents (1.9%). The most common foreign languages in Plainfield, NJ are Spanish (20,577 speakers), African Languages (540 speakers), and French Creole (281 speakers), but compared to other places, Plainfield, NJ has a relative high number of Other (83 speakers), African Languages (540 speakers), and Spanish (20,577 speakers).


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In 2015 universities in Plainfield, NJ awarded 114 degrees. The student population of Plainfield, NJ is skewed towards females, with 15 male students and 99 female students. Most students in Plainfield, NJ are White (49 and 43%), followed by Black or African American (24 and 21.1%), Hispanic or Latino (21 and 18.4%), and Asian (12 and 10.5%). The largest universities in Plainfield, NJ by number of graduates are Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Nursing (87 and 76.3%), Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Imaging (26 and 22.8%), and duCret School of Arts (1 and 0.88%). The most popular majors in Plainfield, NJ are Registered Nursing (87 and 76.3%), Diagnostic Medical Sonography & Ultrasound Technician (15 and 13.2%), and Radiographer (6 and 5.26%). The median tuition costs in Plainfield, NJ are N/A for private four year colleges, and N/A and N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.



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The median property value in Plainfield, NJ is $242,600, which is 1.25 times larger than the national average of $194,500. Between 2014 and 2015 the median property value decreased from $246,500 to $242,600, a -1.58% increase. The homeownership rate of Plainfield, NJ is 48%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Plainfield, NJ have an average commute time of 29.9 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Plainfield, NJ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.


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