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Friday, February 26, 2016

Nearly two in five Plainfielders are foreign-born

Nearly 2 in 5 Plainfielders are foreign-born
according to data from
NJ Spotlight.

New Jersey Spotlight, the award-winning website that focuses on public policy issues in the Garden State, is virtually based in Plainfield, where its managing editor, Lee Keough, and her husband Tom Johnson, who covers its energy and environment beat, live.

Today's issue features an interactive map and article on the number of foreign-born residents in New Jersey (see here).

As you can see from the chart above, extracted from the map, nearly two in every five Plainfield residents is foreign-born -- mostly, though not entirely, Latino.

This in-migration has dramatically changed our community, in which Spanish is now commonly heard on the street and in the shops, and where the school district has become majority Hispanic. As the trend continues, which is expected to happen, the changes will become even more pronounced.

One of the interesting findings of the NJ Spotlight is that if it weren't for the influx of foreign-born residents, New Jersey would have had a net loss of population since 2000.

It seems reasonable to make the same inference about Plainfield. Those wishing to make a living buying and selling goods and services in the Queen City are beginning to come to terms with this new reality.

Plainfield's future looks ever more diverse and cosmopolitan. Good for us!

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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