Introduction to North Plainfield, New Jersey

North Plainfield, New Jersey, in Somerset county, is 6 miles N of Edison, New Jersey and 15 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The people of the town are in the Newark metropolitan area. North Plainfield has a population of 21,103.

North Plainfield History

When the Dutch farmers settled in this region, it was called "Blue Hills" and was a section of the Warren Township. This was before the American Revolution, and the North Plainfield Township was officially incorporated in the year 1885. The place was originally developed as an agricultural community and many of the homes of the early farmer families exist to this day.

North Plainfield and nearby Attractions

  • North Plainfield Public Library
  • Church of the Holy Cross
  • Fleetwood Museum of Art
  • Brook Avenue Cemetery
  • Crab Brook

Things To Do In North Plainfield

Visitors interested in learning about the historical and cultural background of the town of North Plainfield can make a trip to the North Plainfield Public Library. One can also visit the Drake House Museum, which was once Washington's headquarters. The Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary is another place of interest that is easily accessible from North Plainfield. One can also visit the churches all around this town, or simply spend a quiet day near Crab Brook.

North Plainfield Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

North Plainfield Higher Education

Residents have opportunities for higher education a the Union County College, Drew University, Rutgers University-New Brunswick or at Kean University.


Total Population 22,156
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 8.2%
Employed Population 16+ 12,240
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.8%
Median Earnings25+ $35,566
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,375
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,205


Median Family Income $78,359
% Above Poverty Level 89.4%
% Below Poverty Level 10.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 32 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.6%
% Using Public Transportation 7%


People Living Alone 24%
Median Gross Rent $1,197
Median House Value $268,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 63.6%
US/American 0%
English 3%
Irish 7%

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

North Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles N of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 15 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Somerset
Standard Zip Codes 07060, 07062, 07063
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.61
Longitude -74.42

North 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 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 66 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Distance 12.1 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 37 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 47.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, North Plainfield, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Muhlenberg (07060)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dunellen 7,368 $82,404
Fanwood 7,479 $127,390
Green Brook 7,155 $138,464
Plainfield 50,678 $53,917
South Plainfield 23,871 $99,449
Watchung 5,900 $151,542

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

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