Plainfield, Illinois

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Plainfield, Illinois

Introduction to Plainfield, Illinois

Plainfield, Illinois, in Will county, is 8 miles SW of Bolingbrook, Illinois and 32 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. Plainfield is home to some 13,038 residents.

Plainfield History

Plainfield is said to be one of the oldest communities in Will County. Chester Ingersoll platted the Village of Plainfield in 1834. In the following year, another community named East Plainfield was also laid out. Both of these communities were joined in 1845 to create the present day Village of Plainfield. In 1990, an F5 tornado caused grave destruction in the area.

Plainfield and nearby Attractions

  • Plainfield House
  • Flanders House
  • Lake Renwick
  • Mistwood Golf Club
  • Isle a la Cache Museum
  • Settler’s Park

Things To Do In Plainfield

The 20-acre Settler’s Park offers provisions for a diverse array of recreational activities. The amenities of the park include a picnic shelter, lake, tot lot, amphitheater and history walk trails. This park is also a venue for special programs like concerts and movies which are held regularly during the summer months.

Plainfield Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is the nearest major airport offering regular services.

Plainfield Higher Education

Joliet Junior College, University of St Francis, Lewis University and North Central College are some of the nearby educational institutions.

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High Points

Plainfield strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Plainfield People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Plainfield Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Plainfield Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 10% Plainfield Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 13% Plainfield College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 15% Plainfield Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Plainfield, Illinois

Comparing Plainfield to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Racial Diversity 4 7
Age of the Population 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 2
Senior Citizens 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 10 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
College Educated Adults 8 9

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 8 9
Public Transportation Use 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Short Commute Times 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Rents 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 2

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Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles SW of Bolingbrook, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Will
Standard Zip Codes 60544
Phone Area Codes 815
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.626
Longitude -88.203

Plainfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
Station AURORA
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 38 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 14.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
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Plainfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 13,038 100%
Male 6,537 50.1%
Female 6,501 49.9%
Under 18 4,157 31.9%
18+ 8,881 68.1%
65+ 818 6.3%
Median Age 33.2
Average Family Size 3.37
White 12,497 95.9%
African-American 110 0.8%
Asian 163 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 10 0.1%
Other 132 1%
Mixed Race 125 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 504 3.9%

Estimated Plainfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,162
Growth 15,124
Growth % 116%

Plainfield Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 22.6%
Italian 14.1%
Irish 12.6%
Polish 11.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
English 5.6%
US/American 3.7%
Swedish 2.9%
Czech 2.2%
Norwegian 2.1%
Greek 1.6%
Dutch 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Lithuanian 0.9%
Slovak 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Scottish 0.8%
Romanian 0.7%
Czechoslovakian 0.7%
Swiss 0.6%
Danish 0.6%
Hungarian 0.5%
Slovene 0.4%
Welsh 0.4%
Finnish 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Luxemburger 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
British 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Canadian 0.2%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plainfield 13,038 $86,417
Crest Hill 13,329 $54,709
Lemont 13,098 $80,558
Lockport 15,191 $66,257
Oswego 13,326 $75,929
Romeoville 21,153 $63,320
Shorewood 7,686 $81,759

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Student/teacher ratio: 17

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Student/teacher ratio: 14

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