An Overview of Pleasantville, NJ

The worker's comp attorneys in Pleasantville, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, have sponsored the following passage on the area's history.


Within Atlantic County, New Jersey is a town called Pleasantville that takes up 4659.2 acres, of which 21.46% is water. Lakes Bay helps form the western border of the town. The main roadways are the Atlantic City Expressway, NJ Route 9, NJ Route 40, and Main Street. In less than a 15-minute drive, residents or visitors can be at the Atlantic City International Airport.


The city was initially incorporated as a borough on January 10, 1889. It was named after its beautiful landscapes by Dr. David Ingersoll. On April 14, 1914, the New Jersey Legislature would incorporate it into a city.


This coastal town is a good mix of residents working blue and white-collar positions. As many as 13.22% have at least their bachelor's degree. On average, the annual household income was $39,560 and for a family $ 48,873. The occupational makeup of the neighborhood is the following:

  • 12.21% food service
  • 11.24% maintenance occupations
  • 10.95% sales jobs

Public schools in the area are included in the SDA districts. This means that the state covers all costs for the buildings and any renovations that are needed. Within the town are the following schools:

  • Pleasantville High School
  • South Main Street Elementary
  • Pleasantech Academy 2 Charter School
  • Atlanticare Kids Community Preschool
  • Washington Avenue Elementary School
  • North Main Street School


As of 2010, the city's population had increased from 19,012 in 2000 to 20,249. It consisted of 6,661 households and 4,569 families. Approximately 29.18% were born outside of the country. English is the most common language spoken by the residents, but some speak Spanish and French. The racial breakdown of the area was:

  • 24.33% white
  • 45.94% African American
  • 41.06% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.83% Native American
  • 2.42% Asian
  • 0.03% Pacific Islander
  • 22.00% other races
  • 4.45% two or more races

Fun Fact

Pleasantville was home to Sonora Webster Carver, the first female horse diver. She was born in Georgia in 1904 but moved into the area where she would live to be 99 years old. In response to an advertisement, Carver became a circus attraction. She would ride a horse as it dove from as high as sixty feet into a pool. During a performance in 1931, Carver dove but landed off-balance with her eyes open. Tragically, it left her blind in both eyes. This did not discourage her, and she continued to perform until 1942. Horse diving became less popular by the 1970s due to animal rights activists.

Some other notable people from the area include:

  • Ellen Bass - author and poet
  • Dino Hall - former running back for Cleveland Browns
  • Rodney Jerkins - Grammy Award-winning songwriter and musician
  • Dave Vonner - toy designer

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