Introduction to South Plainfield, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey, in Middlesex county, is 4 miles N of Edison, New Jersey and 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey. The town is in the Middlesex - Somerset - Hunterdon area. There are 21,810 residents in South Plainfield.

South Plainfield History

South Plainfield’s landscape was, to a large extent, shaped by a glacier thousands of years ago. Because of the landscape, the area had been a fertile hunting ground until the time of the Lenape Indians. South Plainfield was incorporated as a township in March, 1926. The Great Depression of the 1930s had an adverse impact on the growth of this town. However, with the establishment of the Cornell-Dublier manufacturing unit, the town began to prosper once again.

South Plainfield and nearby Attractions

  • South Plainfield Station
  • Spring Lake
  • Holy Redeemer Cemetery
  • Cotton Street Park
  • Oak Tree Sports Center

Things To Do In South Plainfield

The town of South Plainfield offers easy access to the Drake House Museum, the Hungarian Heritage Museum and the Mason Gross School of the Arts Gallery. The town itself has some very popular tourist attractions like the Feigley's School of Gymnastics and the Oak Tree Sports Center. Spring Lake is another beautiful place to spend the day with family and friends. Amusement parks like the Spring Lake County Park, the Walnut Park and the Cotton Street Park provide entertainment facilities to be enjoyed by adults as well as children.

South Plainfield Transportation

Newark Liberty International Airport is nearby.

South Plainfield Higher Education

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is the local college. However, residents can also attend nearby Union County College or Middlesex County College.


Total Population 23,871
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 12,010
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 36.7%
Median Earnings25+ $50,787
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,404
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,247


Median Family Income $99,449
% Above Poverty Level 95.2%
% Below Poverty Level 4.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 6.3%


People Living Alone 19.2%
Median Gross Rent $1,553
Median House Value $323,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.1%
US/American 0.2%
English 3.6%
Irish 13.3%

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

South Plainfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles N of Edison, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles SW of Newark, New Jersey
County Middlesex
Standard Zip Codes 07080
Phone Area Codes 908
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.579
Longitude -74.411

South 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 1.6 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 7.9 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 12.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dunellen 7,368 $82,404
Edison 101,865 $104,523
Green Brook 7,155 $138,464
Metuchen 13,765 $131,500
North Plainfield 22,156 $78,359
Plainfield 50,678 $53,917

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

South Plainfield Public Libraries

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(908) 754-7885
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