Plainsboro, New Jersey

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Plainsboro, New Jersey

Introduction to Plainsboro, New Jersey

Plainsboro, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 11 miles NE of Trenton, New Jersey and 35 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. Part of the surrounding Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon metro area, Plainsboro is home to some 20,215 residents.

Plainsboro History

The Unami Native Americans were among the first inhabitants of this region. The Dutch came here in the 1600s, and developed it as an agricultural community. The town of Plainsboro was originally formed from portions of South Brunswick and Cranbury townships, and was officially incorporated on May 6, 1919. Even though great development has taken place over the years, this township of Plainsboro continues to hold on to its rural traditions.

Plainsboro and nearby Attractions

  • Historical Society of Princeton
  • American Organ Archives
  • Morven Museum and Gardens
  • Springdale Golf Club
  • Bergen County Zoological Park

Things To Do In Plainsboro

Visitors to Plainsboro should make a trip to the pristine Morven Museum and Gardens which showcases the cultural heritage of the region. The Historical Society of Princeton is another interesting place where one can learn intriguing facts about the area. The American Organ Archives consists of both archives and a library with books, periodicals, dissertations, and even sound recordings. Travelers can also spend a day at the Springdale Golf Club or visit the nearby Zoological Park in Bergen County.

Plainsboro Transportation

Newark International Airport is the local airport.

Plainsboro Higher Education

Residents of Plainsboro have higher education opportunities at the College of New Jersey, Princeton University, Rider University, Rutgers University - New Brunswick and at the Thomas Edison State College.

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High Points

Plainsboro strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in New Jersey):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Plainsboro College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Plainsboro Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Plainsboro Well-Paid Single Women
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Plainsboro Low Property Crime
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Plainsboro People in Middle Class or Better
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Plainsboro Public Transportation Use
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Plainsboro Racial Diversity
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Plainsboro Median Family Income
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Plainsboro Low Rate of Poverty
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Plainsboro Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Plainsboro, New Jersey

Comparing Plainsboro to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in New Jersey (State):

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

The People

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 4
Average Household Size 3 2


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

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 9
Working at Home 8 7
Walking and Biking to Work 5 6
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
People Living Alone 9 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 8 8
Affordability of Rents 1 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 9
Low Violent Crime 9 8

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Plainsboro Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles NE of Trenton, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 35 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 08536
Phone Area Codes 609
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.333
Longitude -74.6

Plainsboro Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Distance 18.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 18.6 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 48.8 inches
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Plainsboro Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 20,215 100%
Male 10,229 50.6%
Female 9,986 49.4%
Under 18 4,976 24.6%
18+ 15,239 75.4%
65+ 853 4.2%
Median Age 32.9
Average Family Size 3.06
White 11,765 58.2%
African-American 1,533 7.6%
Asian 6,168 30.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 20 0.1%
Other 275 1.4%
Mixed Race 452 2.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 937 4.6%

Estimated Plainsboro Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 21,364
Growth 1,149
Growth % 5.7%

Plainsboro 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
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.9%
Italian 9%
Irish 7.8%
German 7.1%
Polish 4.4%
English 4.1%
Russian 4%
US/American 2.7%
French (except Basque) 1.1%
Scottish 0.9%
Swedish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.8%
Eastern European 0.7%
Austrian 0.7%
Scotch-Irish 0.7%
Dutch 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.6%
British 0.6%
Jamaican 0.6%
Greek 0.6%
African 0.5%
Egyptian 0.5%
European 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Serbian 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.4%
Turkish 0.3%
Israeli 0.3%
Welsh 0.3%
Brazilian 0.2%
Armenian 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Canadian 0.2%
Slovak 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Iranian 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plainsboro 20,215 $88,783
Cranbury 3,227 $128,410
Hightstown 5,216 $72,092
Princeton 14,203 $102,957
Rocky Hill 662 $100,314
South Brunswick 37,734 $86,891
West Windsor 21,907 $127,877

Plainsboro Public Libraries

Plainsboro Public Library
Plainsboro, New Jersey
(609) 275-2897

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Plainsboro High Schools (2004)

Serves 1,257 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

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