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Overview

Introduction to Plainfield, Connecticut

Plainfield, Connecticut, in Windham county, is 25 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island and 64 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding New London - Norwich metro area, Plainfield is home to some 14,619 residents.

Plainfield History

The town of Plainfield was incorporated in 1699. The community was so named because of its flat terrain. The Moosup and Quinebaug Rivers provided power to the local mills and this turned Plainfield into an industrial heavyweight in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition, the town had 4 railroad intersections including the New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence Railroads, which further enhanced the commerce. Plainfield comprises of 4 villages- Plainfield, Moosup, Wauregan and Central Village.

Plainfield and nearby Attractions

  • Prudence Crandall House
  • Plainfield Parkade Shopping Center
  • Huntington Homestead
  • Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
  • Wauregan Historic District
  • Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery

Things To Do In Plainfield

While in Plainfield, one can visit historic sites and museums like the Huntington Homestead, Brooklyn Historical Society Museum and Prudence Crandall Museum. The Plainfield Parkade Shopping Center offers excellent entertainment facilities. One can also plan family picnics at the Wauregan Historic District, Plainfield Street Historic District, Rams Athletic Field or Squaw Rock State Park.

Plainfield Transportation

Groton-New London is the nearest major airport.

Plainfield Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are provided by Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Bryant College.

People

Total Population 15,207
Male Share of the Population 51.2%
Female Share of the Population 48.8%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 7,316
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 52.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.6%
Median Earnings25+ $35,395
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,595
Median Earnings With High School Degree $34,975

Wealth

Median Family Income $70,133
% Above Poverty Level 92.4%
% Below Poverty Level 7.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 24.7%
Median Gross Rent $799
Median House Value $171,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.6%
US/American 0%
English 12.6%
Irish 17.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 25 miles W of Cranston, Rhode Island (center to center)
Nearest Large City 64 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts
County Windham
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06374
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.676
Longitude -71.915

Plainfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station NORWICH PUB UTIL PLANT
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 38 F
Apr Temp 37 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches
Station MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE
Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 35 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station KINGSTON
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 60 to 81 F
Oct Temp 40 to 64 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches

Plainfield Public Libraries

Library
Aldrich Free Public Library
299 MAIN ST.
Plainfield, Connecticut
(860) 564-8760
Library Web Site
Plainfield Public Library
39 RAILROAD AVE.
Plainfield, Connecticut
(203) 564-4407
Central Village Public Library
51 BLACK HILL RD.
Plainfield, Connecticut
(203) 564-7753

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Plainfield High Schools

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PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
87 PUTNAM RD.
860-564-6417
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 710 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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651 NORWICH ROAD
860-793-3200
A Non-traditional School

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