South Plainfield is a small city in New Jersey with just over 24,000 residents. The city's population, with an average age of just over 40, is middle-of-the-pack compared to other cities in the state, which has an average age of 39. Most South Plainfield residents own their homes, and 20% of residents rent. With an average rent of $1,662/month, exceeding the state average by $390/month, relatively high rent costs may be playing a role in the higher levels of ownership.
There are three primary industries in South Plainfield: retail, manufacturing, and healthcare. Combined, these industries make up 20% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many residents work in sales, as 9% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. South Plainfield workers take home an average annual income of around $101,000, more than the average New Jersey resident. The city's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), South Plainfield has a relatively high concentration of residents over the age of 25 with advanced degrees, as 8% have earned a Master's or a Doctorate. Further, 16% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.
South Plainfield residents have an average commute of about 35 minutes. Many residents (45%) commute to work by car, while public transportation is used by only 4% of the city. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
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