Plainfield, Massachusetts

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Plainfield, Massachusetts

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 2% trophy Plainfield Affordability of Rents
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Plainfield College Educated Adults
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 14% Plainfield Affordability of Property Taxes
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Plainfield Public Transportation Use

Comparative Profile of Plainfield, Massachusetts

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

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

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 8 2
Well-Paid Single Men 7 1
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Senior Citizens 4 6
Racial Diversity 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 6
Average Household Size 5 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 5
Median Family Income 7 1
People Above Poverty 7 2
People in Middle Class or Better 6 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Public Transportation Use 9 5
Walking and Biking to Work 7 5
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 9
Affordability of Rents 6 10
People Living Alone 6 8
Housing Recently Built 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 9

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Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles NW of Chicopee, Massachusetts (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts
County Hampshire
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 01070
Phone Area Codes 413
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 42.515
Longitude -72.927

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 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 29 F
Apr Temp 33 to 52 F
Jul Temp 58 to 78 F
Oct Temp 37 to 57 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 16.3 miles
Jan Temp 10 to 33 F
Apr Temp 32 to 56 F
Jul Temp 56 to 82 F
Oct Temp 34 to 61 F
Annual Precip 48 inches
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 11 to 33 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 36 to 62 F
Annual Precip 45.5 inches
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Plainfield Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 589 100%
Male 286 48.6%
Female 303 51.4%
Under 18 146 24.8%
18+ 443 75.2%
65+ 76 12.9%
Median Age 42.3
Average Family Size 2.92
White 578 98.1%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.3%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 8 1.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 4 0.7%

Estimated Plainfield Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 600
Growth 11
Growth % 1.9%

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
English 18.4%
Irish 12.6%
Italian 12.1%
French Canadian 10.9%
German 9.8%
US/American 6.9%
French (except Basque) 5.9%
Polish 5.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.6%
Scotch-Irish 2.9%
Scottish 2.7%
British 1.9%
Russian 1.7%
Canadian 0.8%
Dutch 0.6%
Swedish 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
European 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Acadian/Cajun 0.4%
Portuguese 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plainfield 589 $46,042
Ashfield 1,800 $56,739
Charlemont 1,358 $50,962
Cummington 978 $48,750
Hawley 336 $46,875
Savoy 705 $50,114
Windsor 875 $57,500

Plainfield Public Libraries

Shaw Memorial Library
Plainfield, Massachusetts
(413) 634-5406

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