Introduction to Plainfield, New Jersey

Plainfield, New Jersey, in Union county, is 8 miles N of Edison, New Jersey and 14 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Part of the surrounding Newark metro area, Plainfield is home to some 47,829 residents.

Plainfield History

Plainfield was first settled by Quakers in 1684. The city was incorporated in 1869. Originally, it was a part of the Westfield Township. The city includes a number of 18th-century buildings. Until March 6, 1878, Plainfield included parts of present-day Scotch Plains.

Plainfield and nearby Attractions

  • Drake House Museum
  • Washington Rock State Park
  • Crane Phillips Living Museum
  • Littell-Lord Farmhouse Museum

Things To Do In Plainfield

Plainfield is known as "The Queen City." There are several historic sites and museums in and around the city. You can also spend your leisure time in the local parks and playgrounds. The city of Plainfield also includes a number of restaurants, clubs and shopping centers.

Plainfield Transportation

Newark Liberty International is the closest major airport.

Plainfield Higher Education

Union County College is nearby.


Total Population 50,678
Male Share of the Population 50.8%
Female Share of the Population 49.2%
Senior Citizens 10.2%
Employed Population 16+ 25,390
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 31.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.5%
Median Earnings25+ $25,943
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,410
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,824


Median Family Income $53,917
% Above Poverty Level 77%
% Below Poverty Level 23%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5%
% Using Public Transportation 7.9%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $1,142
Median House Value $242,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 71.5%
US/American 0%
English 0.8%
Irish 1.4%

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

Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 8 miles N of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 07060, 07062, 07063, 07069
P.O. Box Zip Codes 07061
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.633
Longitude -74.407

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 2.4 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 8.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 62 to 86 F
Oct Temp 40 to 66 F
Annual Precip 51.6 inches
Distance 11.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, 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
Fanwood 7,479 $127,390
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
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/.

Plainfield Public Libraries

Plainfield Free Public Library
Plainfield, New Jersey
(908) 757-1111
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Plainfield Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(908) 668-2290
Emergency Service: Yes

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Plainfield High Schools

Serves 1,929 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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