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Overview

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. Plainfield is part of the surrounding Newark metro area.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population50,578
Male Share of the Population50.4%
Female Share of the Population49.6%
Senior Citizens10.6%
Employed Population 16+24,771
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married31.4%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.1%
Median Earnings25+$27,054
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,025
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,457

Wealth

Median Family Income$56,153
% Above Poverty Level77.9%
% Below Poverty Level22.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.5%
% Using Public Transportation8.4%

Housing

People Living Alone23.8%
Median Gross Rent$1,158
Median House Value$235,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)73%
West Indian5.4%
Jamaican2.4%
German1.5%
Irish1.4%
Italian1.4%
African1%
Trinidad Tobago1%
Polish0.9%
English0.9%
Guyanese0.8%
Barbadian0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Nigerian0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
French Except Basque0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
British0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Scottish0.2%
Russian0.2%
Bahamian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Czech0.1%
Dutch0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Greek0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Welsh0.1%
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Plainfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County, Somerset County
Standard Zip Codes7060, 7062, 7063, 7069
P.O. Box Zip Codes7061
Phone Area Codes908, 732
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude40.63
Approximate Longitude-74.4

Plainfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationPLAINFIELD
Distance2.4 miles
Jan Temp22 to 39 F
Apr Temp39 to 63 F
Jul Temp63 to 87 F
Oct Temp42 to 66 F
Annual Precip49.6 inches
StationCANOE BROOK
Distance8.6 miles
Jan Temp18 to 39 F
Apr Temp38 to 62 F
Jul Temp62 to 86 F
Oct Temp40 to 66 F
Annual Precip51.6 inches
StationNEW BRUNSWICK 3 SE
Distance11.6 miles
Jan Temp21 to 38 F
Apr Temp40 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Fanwood7,530$144,559
North Plainfield22,106$86,149
South Plainfield23,963$103,365
Watchung5,944$153,531

Plainfield Public Libraries

Plainfield Free Public Library
800 PARK AVENUE
Plainfield, New Jersey
(908) 757-1111

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Plainfield Public Schools

Plainfield High School
950 Park Avenue
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4390
High
Total Enrollment 1573
Washington Community School
427 Darrow Ave
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4230
Primary
Total Enrollment 651
Union County Teams Charter School
515 517 West Fourth Street
ZIP: 7060
(908) 754-9043
Other
Total Enrollment 338
Charles H. Stillman Elementary School
201 W Fourth St
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4240
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Cedarbrook Elementary School
1049 Central Ave
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4280
Primary
Total Enrollment 655
The Barack Obama Green Charter High
35 Watchung Ave
ZIP: 7060
(877) 643-4064
High
Total Enrollment 233
Hubbard Middle School
661 W Eighth St
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4320
Middle
Total Enrollment 556
Evergreen Elementary School
1033 Evergreen Ave
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4260
Primary
Total Enrollment 618
Dewitt D. Barlow Elementary School
E Front St & Farragut Rd
ZIP: 7060
(908) 731-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Central Jersey Arts Charter School
1225 South Ave
ZIP: 7062
(908) 753-0030
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Woodland Elementary School
730 Central Street
ZIP: 7062
(908) 731-4290
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Maxson Middle School
920 E Seventh St
ZIP: 7062
(908) 731-4310
Middle
Total Enrollment 575
Frederic W. Cook Elementary School
739 Leland Ave
ZIP: 7062
(908) 731-4215
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Emerson Elementary School
305 Emerson Ave
ZIP: 7062
(908) 731-4205
Primary
Total Enrollment 495
The Queen City Academy Charter School
815 West Seventh Street
ZIP: 7063
(908) 753-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 247
Jefferson Elementary School
1700 W. Front St
ZIP: 7063
(908) 731-4250
Primary
Total Enrollment 453
Plainfield Academy For The Arts & Advanced Studies
1700 West Front St
ZIP: 7063
(908) 731-4421
High
Total Enrollment 394
Clinton Elementary School
West 4th St And Clinton Ave
ZIP: 7063
(908) 731-4220
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Barack Obama Academy For Academic & Civic Development
1200 Myrtle Ave
ZIP: 7063
(908) 731-4270
High
Total Enrollment 68

Plainfield Private Schools

Cooling Waters Christian Academy
1304 South Ave
ZIP: 7060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Star Bright Christian Learning Center
145 Park Ave
ZIP: 7060
Elementary
Total Enrollment 1
Koinonia Academy
1040 Plainfield Ave
ZIP: 7060
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 169
New Covenant Christian Academy
315 W 7th St
ZIP: 7060
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 39
I Am's Temple Christian Academy
620 Ravine Rd
ZIP: 7062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 93
Newmark School
365 Emerson Ave
ZIP: 7062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 83
Phoenix Academy Day Care Center
1345 South Ave
ZIP: 7062
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
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