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Pleasant Plains, New Jersey
Census-designated place
Looking south along South Middlebush Road (CR 615) approaching Claremont Road (CR 648)
Looking south along South Middlebush Road (CR 615) approaching Claremont Road (CR 648)
Location of Pleasant Plains within Somerset County (Inset: Location of Somerset County in New Jersey)
Country  United States
state  New Jersey
County Somerset
Township Franklin
 • Total 3.221 sq mi (8.342 km2)
 • Land 3.215 sq mi (8.328 km2)
 • Water 0.006 sq mi (0.014 km2)  0.17%
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (Census 2010)
 • Total 922
 • Density 286.8/sq mi (110.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 609 and 732/848
FIPS code 3459500
GNIS feature ID 02584018

Pleasant Plains is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Franklin Township, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 922. Having no distinct boundaries, a large area in the center of Franklin Township centered on the intersections of South Middlebush Road (County Route 615) with Claremont and Suydam Roads (the former also CR 648) is generally considered Pleasant Plains.


Prior to the development of K. Hovnanian's Town and Country Estates in 1998, the area included little more than a collection of 18th and 19th century farms and rural lanes. Its historic rural character may be seen in an estimate from 1882 which listed the Pleasant Plains population at 46.

An icon in the area has been the early 19th century general store and blacksmith shop buildings known since the late 1800s as Laird's Brothers Hardware and Laird's Corner Store.

Another area feature is the Pleasant Plains Cemetery on South Middlebush Road just south of Laird's Corner that has been in use from early settlement of the area until the present day.

Since the early 19th century (and possibly even earlier), the area featured a one-room schoolhouse known as the Pleasant Plains School. Located on the north side of Suydam Road about a half mile west of Laird's Corner, it remained in use until about 1931 when the Township started decommissioning its one-room schoolhouses in favor of larger regional schools. Moved across the road on log rollers, it was converted into a residence and used until the late 20th century when it was threatened with demolition to make way for the Town and County development. Instead, it was moved to the Township's Municipal Complex on DeMott Lane where it awaits further rehabilitation.

The Six Mile Run Historic District listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places includes a number of properties in the Pleasant Plains area.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Pleasant Plains had a total area of 3.221 square miles (8.342 km2), including 3.215 square miles (8.328 km2) of land and 0.006 square miles (0.014 km2) of water (0.17%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 922
Population sources: 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 922 people, 254 households, and 236 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 286.8 per square mile (110.7/km2). There were 257 housing units at an average density of 79.9 per square mile (30.8/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 40.13% (370) White, 21.80% (201) Black or African American, 0.22% (2) Native American, 33.62% (310) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 2.82% (26) from other races, and 1.41% (13) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.10% (47) of the population.

There were 254 households out of which 57.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 85.0% were married couples living together, 5.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 7.1% were non-families. 5.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 0.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.63 and the average family size was 3.73.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 32.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.1 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 93.4 males.

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