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Population in 2012: 50,244 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +5.0%
 

Males: 25,247  (50.3%)
Females: 24,997  (49.7%)

Median resident age:  33.3 years
New Jersey median age:  41.5 years

Zip codes: 07076.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $51,701 (it was $46,683 in 2000)
Plainfield:

$51,701
NJ:

$69,667
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $21,759

Plainfield city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $260,726 (it was $137,500 in 2000)
Plainfield:

$260,726
NJ:

$311,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $282,286; Detached houses: $289,431; Townhouses or other attached units: $238,557; In 2-unit structures: $267,234; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $231,053; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $150,533

Median gross rent in 2012: $1,135.

Recent home sales, real estate maps, and home value estimator for zip codes: 07060, 07062, 07063, 07076.

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  • Black alone - 23,146 (46.9%)
  • Hispanic - 18,308 (37.1%)
  • White alone - 4,368 (8.8%)
  • Other race alone - 2,167 (4.4%)
  • Asian alone - 871 (1.8%)
  • Two or more races - 439 (0.9%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone - 55 (0.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 11 (0.02%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Plainfield: 116.8 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (6.9%), West Indian (4.7%), Italian (2.4%), Subsaharan African (1.7%), Irish (1.5%), German (1.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1869

Elevation: 110 feet

Land area: 6.04 square miles.

Population density: 8,322 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Plainfield:

  • High school or higher: 73.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 19.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.3%
  • Unemployed: 13.6%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Plainfield city:

  • Never married: 48.0%
  • Now married: 34.7%
  • Separated: 3.7%
  • Widowed: 4.9%
  • Divorced: 8.8%

17,778 residents are foreign born (5.6% Latin America).

This city:  35.8%
New Jersey:  21.2%



According to our research of New Jersey and other state lists there were 36 registered sex offenders living in Plainfield, New Jersey as of September 21, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Plainfield to the number of sex offenders is 1,396 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $6,895 (2.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $6,971 (2.4%)

Plainfield satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Edison, NJ (5.7 miles , pop. 97,687).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Newark, NJ (14.7 miles , pop. 273,546).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (26.9 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

Nearest cities: North Plainfield borough, NJ (1.1 miles ), Watchung borough, NJ (1.5 miles ), South Plainfield borough, NJ (1.5 miles ), Fanwood borough, NJ (1.6 miles ), Scotch Plains, NJ (1.6 miles ), Dunellen borough, NJ (1.8 miles ), Berkeley Heights, NJ (2.1 miles ), Westfield, NJ (2.1 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 6 buildings, average cost: $41,700
  • 1998: 43 buildings, average cost: $40,400
  • 1999: 10 buildings, average cost: $99,700
  • 2000: 14 buildings, average cost: $62,800
  • 2001: 11 buildings, average cost: $66,100
  • 2002: 14 buildings, average cost: $62,200
  • 2003: 6 buildings, average cost: $78,000
  • 2004: 14 buildings, average cost: $118,200
  • 2005: 16 buildings, average cost: $97,300
  • 2006: 18 buildings, average cost: $143,800
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $44,800
  • 2008: 7 buildings, average cost: $356,800
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $224,100
  • 2010: 2 buildings, average cost: $232,900
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $34,700
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 40.62 N, Longitude: 74.42 W

Nickname or alias (official or unofficial): Queen City

Daytime population change due to commuting: -12,664 (-25.5%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 4,951 (19.7%)

Area code: 908

Plainfield household income distribution Plainfield home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Plainfield by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 3915915104528106
per 100,000 6.318.72.010.318.631.221.08.510.84.417.220.011.9
Rapes 21819171816129148131614
per 100,000 44.016.638.935.037.233.325.219.130.417.428.032.027.8
Robberies 335308255276226244260240212254237247165
per 100,000 701.2638.6522.2568.6467.3507.4545.3509.1459.6552.9510.1494.3327.8
Assaults 317218241221299242289232230210231194173
per 100,000 663.6452.0493.6455.3618.3503.2606.1492.1498.7457.1497.2388.2343.7
Burglaries 525570449452434371494229390334387605526
per 100,000 1098.91181.9919.5931.1897.4771.41036.1485.8845.5727.1833.01210.61045.1
Thefts 1,2341,1151,1351,0338948539479511,011846929934818
per 100,000 2583.02312.02324.42128.01848.61773.71986.22017.32191.91841.61999.61869.01625.2
Auto thefts 339390313359263353174190138119130147101
per 100,000 709.6808.7641.0739.6543.8734.0364.9403.0299.2259.0279.8294.2200.7
Arson 2528111011162175291913
per 100,000 52.358.122.520.622.733.344.014.810.84.419.438.025.8
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 675.1615.6536.8558.8549.6565.1567.9462.7488.6457.2505.4510.3395.1

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Plainfield detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 165 (145 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.88
New Jersey average:

3.38

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Plainfield, New Jersey accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

9.8%
New Jersey:

8.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,298 (+2.8%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (16%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (14%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Manufacturing (13%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Wholesale trade (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (3%)

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Tornado activity:

Plainfield-area historical tornado activity is slightly above New Jersey state average. It is 5% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/28/1973, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 13.5 miles away from the Plainfield city center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 10/18/1990, a category F3 tornado 20.8 miles away from the city center injured 8 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Plainfield-area historical earthquake activity is near New Jersey state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 1/16/1994 at 01:49:16, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 87.5 miles away from the city center
On 1/16/1994 at 00:42:43, a magnitude 4.2 (4.2 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 86.1 miles away from Plainfield center
On 8/26/2003 at 18:24:18, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.5 ML, Depth: 1.9 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 36.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/9/1992 at 08:50:45, a magnitude 3.1 (3.0 LG, 3.1 MD, Depth: 4.9 mi) earthquake occurred 17.9 miles away from the city center
On 10/28/1991 at 20:58:26, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 54.0 miles away from Plainfield center
On 10/23/1990 at 01:34:48, a magnitude 3.2 (2.9 LG, 3.2 MD, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 95.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), local magnitude (ML)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Union County (19) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Heavy Rains: 4, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Blizzards: 2, Floods: 2, Snowstorms: 2, Water Shortages: 2, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Other: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Birthplace of: Bill Evans - Jazz Pianist, Paul Auerbach - Medical researcher, Kasim Reed - Politician, Archibald Cox - Prosecutor, Irving Penn - Photographer, Anne Flournoy - Film director, Anthony Davis - 2005 NFL player (Indianapolis Colts, born: May 21, 1982), Tim Sullivan (director) - Film director, Sam Merwin, Jr. - Mystery writer, Pete Liske - Football player.


Hospitals/medical centers in Plainfield:

  • DVA PLAINFIELD DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, 1200 RANDOLPH ROAD)
  • JFK AT HOME (Home Health Center, PARK AVENUE AND RANDOLPH ROAD)
  • MUHLENBERG HOSPITAL HOSPICE (Hospital, PARK AVENUE & RANDOLPH ROAD)
  • MUHLENBERG REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (Hospital, PARK AVE RANDOLPH ROAD)
  • ABBOTT MANOR CONVALESCENT CENTER (Nursing Home, 810 CENTRAL AVE)
  • ARISTACARE AT NORWOOD TERRACE (Nursing Home, 40 NORWOOD AVENUE)
  • JFK HARTWYCK AT CEDAR BROOK (Nursing Home, 1340 PARK AVE)
  • WOODLANDS, THE (Nursing Home, 1400 WOODLAND AVE)

Political contributions by individuals in Plainfield, NJ

Amtrak stations near Plainfield:

  • 6 miles: METROPARK (ISELIN, 100 MIDDLESEX-ESSEX TPK.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, paid short-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 9 miles: NEW BRUNSWICK (FRENCH & ALBANY STS.) . Services: ticket office, fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones, snack bar, ATM, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for car rental service, taxi stand, public transit connection.
  • 13 miles: NEWARK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (NEWARK, ) . Services: ticket office, enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, public payphones.

Local government website: www.plainfield.com

Colleges/Universities in Plainfield:

  • duCret School of Arts (Full-time enrollment: 42; Location: 1030 Central Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: WWW.DUCRET.EDU)
  • Muhlenberg Harold B. & Dorothy A. Snyder Schools-School of Nursing (FT enrollment: 36; Location: Park Ave and Randolph Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: WWW.MUHLENBERGSCHOOLS.ORG)
  • Muhlenberg Harold B. and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Imaging (FT enrollment: 20; Location: Park Ave & Randolph Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.muhlenbergschools.org)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Plainfield:

  • Union County College (about 7 miles; Cranford, NJ; Full-time enrollment: 6,338)
  • Middlesex County College (about 8 miles; Edison, NJ; FT enrollment: 7,684)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (about 9 miles; New Brunswick, NJ; FT enrollment: 32,147)
  • Drew University (about 11 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,115)
  • Kean University (about 11 miles; Union, NJ; FT enrollment: 10,081)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham (about 12 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,671)
  • Seton Hall University (about 12 miles; South Orange, NJ; FT enrollment: 6,575)

Public high school in Plainfield:

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Plainfield:

Private elementary/middle schools in Plainfield:

  • I AM'S TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 82; Location: 620 RAVINE RD; Grades: KG - 8)
  • THE NEWMARK SCHOOL, INC. (Students: 74; Location: 365 EMERSON AVE; Grades: 2 - 8)
  • STAR BRIGHT CHRISTIAN LEARNING CENTER (Students: 66; Location: 145 PARK AVE; Grades: PK - 2)
  • PHOENIX ACADEMY DAY CARE CENTER (Students: 56; Location: 1345 SOUTH AVE; Grades: PK - KG)
  • HARVEST LEARNING CENTER (Students: 45; Location: 117 NEW ST; Grades: PK - 7)
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Library in Plainfield:

  • PLAINFIELD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $2,338,725; Location: 800 PARK AVENUE; 173,288 books; 2,361 audio materials; 3,993 video materials; 10 local licensed databases; 22 state licensed databases; 29 other licensed databases; 144 print serial subscriptions; 1 electronic serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Plainfield: Grant Avenue Station (A), Plainfield Station (B), Netherwood Station (C), Plainfield Public Library (D), Amaker and Porterfield Transportation (E), Plainfield Rescue Squad (F), Plainfield Fire Department Station 3 (G), Plainfield Fire Department Station 4 (H), Plainfield Fire Division (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Plainfield include: Community Baptist Church (A), Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (B), Calvary Revival Center (C), Cross of Life Lutheran Church (D), Iglesia Presbyterian Hispana (E), Miracle Baptist Church (F), Saint Bernard's Church (G), Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (H), First Unitarian Society (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Saint Marys Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Lake: Cedar Brook Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Stony Brook (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Parks in Plainfield include: Milton Campbell Field (1), Green Brook Park (2), Cedar Brook Park (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Drake House Museum (602 West Front Street), North Plainfield Exempt Firemen's Association (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 300 Somerset St).

Hotels: Hale Charles L Jr Rev & Thomas (922 Central Ave), Park Hotel (123 West 7th Street), Pillars of Plainfield Bed and Breakfast- The (922 Central Avenue), R P Builders Inc (861 South Av).

Courts: Plainfield City - Municipal & Traffic Court- Violations Bureau (325 Watchung Avenue), Ritz Court (318 West 7th).

 
Union County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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AQI  CO  SO2 Ozone  PM2.5 NO2

Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 30.5. This is about average.
City:

30.5
U.S.:

32.0
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2010 was 0.340. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.340
U.S.:

0.334
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 1.80. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

1.80
U.S.:

2.43
Ozone [ppb] level in 2010 was 24.6. This is about average. There were 9 monitors within city limits.
City:

24.6
U.S.:

28.3
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2005 was 14.5. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.7 miles away from the city center.
City:

14.5
U.S.:

22.9
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 9.33. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.
City:

9.33
U.S.:

9.59
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 11.3. This is worse than average. There were 8 monitors within city limits.
City:

11.3
U.S.:

9.4
Lead (Pb) [µ/m3] level in 2003 was 0.00543. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.3 miles away from the city center.
City:

0.00543
U.S.:

0.05378

Drinking water stations with addresses in Plainfield and their reported violations in the past:

LIBERTY WATER COMPANY (Population served: 110002, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-2004 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-1992 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule
EDISON WATER CO (Population served: 35000, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up and Routine Tap Sampling - Between OCT-2004 and DEC-2025, Contaminant: Lead & Copper Rule

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 19.4%
(18.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 14.9% for Black residents, 22.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 26.6% for other race residents, 14.9% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  3.2 people
New Jersey:  2.7 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  71.7%
Whole state:  69.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  9.6%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.7% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.0% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Plainfield, NJ

People in group quarters in Plainfield in 2010:

  • 327 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 209 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 74 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 63 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 34 people in college/university student housing
  • 15 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 9 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Plainfield in 2000:

  • 399 people in nursing homes
  • 187 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 151 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 55 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 33 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 25 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 19 people in religious group quarters
  • 16 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 12 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 10 people in other group homes

Plainfield compared to New Jersey state average:

Plainfield, New Jersey environmental map by EPA

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  • Black race population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Median age significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.


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Banks with branches in Plainfield (2011 data):

  • PNC Bank, National Association: Park Avenue Branch at 202 Park Avenue, branch established on 1929/01/01; Netherwood Branch at 1125 South Avenue, branch established on 1956/11/08. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association: Plainfield Banking Center Branch at 200 West 2nd Street, branch established on 2005/09/29. Info updated 2011/11/10: Bank assets: $1,811,678.0 mil, Deposits: $1,190,738.0 mil, headquarters in Columbus, OH, positive income, International Specialization, 5577 total offices, Holding Company: Jpmorgan Chase & Co.
  • Bank of America, National Association: 335 East Front Street Branch at 335 East Front Street, branch established on 1908/01/01. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • Investors Bank: Watchung Avenue Branch at 120-130 Watchung Avenue, branch established on 1926/01/01. Info updated 2012/02/27: Bank assets: $10,674.9 mil, Deposits: $7,419.7 mil, headquarters in Short Hills, NJ, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 86 total offices, Holding Company: Investors Bancorp, Mhc

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Plainfield travel time to work - commute


Plainfield mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (73%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15%)
  • Electricity (11%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Plainfield city (based on Union County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 65.47%
Here65.5%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchJewishPresbyterian Church (USA)American Baptist Churches in the USAEpiscopal Church
Adherents73.6%8.8%3.5%2.9%2.0%
Congregations17.6%6.1%11.5%9.2%6.5%
NameUnited Methodist ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaAssemblies of GodGreek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOther
Adherents1.5%1.3%1.1%1.0%4.4%
Congregations6.5%5.0%6.1%1.1%30.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 155
Union County:

2.97 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

2.90 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.06 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 94
Union County:

1.80 / 10,000 pop.
New Jersey:

1.76 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 39
Union County:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 385
Here:

7.38 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.15 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

8.3%
New Jersey:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Union County:

21.1%
New Jersey:

23.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

21.4%
State:

18.0%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 22$108,855$59,3750$0
Other Government Administration 25$114,147$54,7915$12,683
Judicial and Legal 28$107,815$46,2069$11,767
Police Protection - Officers 156$923,565$71,0430$0
Police - Other 35$137,695$47,21032$33,879
Firefighters 107$701,489$78,6720$0
Fire - Other 2$7,581$45,4860$0
Streets and Highways 5$30,592$73,4210$0
Welfare 10$39,772$47,7260$0
Health 25$101,944$48,9330$0
Solid Waste Management 44$117,114$31,9400$0
Sewerage 11$35,838$39,0960$0
Parks and Recreation 4$18,443$55,3291$1,864
Housing and Community Development(Local) 63$218,261$41,5742$3,649
Local Libraries 18$69,848$46,56519$16,492
Other and Unallocable 36$127,959$42,6532$2,373
Totals for Government 591$2,860,918$58,09070$82,707

Plainfield government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $821,000 ($16.34)
    Housing and Community Development: $684,000 ($13.61)
    General - Other: $86,000 ($1.71)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $15,863,000 ($315.72)
    Police Protection: $14,202,000 ($282.66)
    Housing and Community Development: $9,718,000 ($193.42)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,805,000 ($175.24)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,709,000 ($173.33)
    Sewerage: $6,820,000 ($135.74)
    Regular Highways: $3,216,000 ($64.01)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,701,000 ($33.85)
    Central Staff Services: $1,592,000 ($31.69)
    Libraries: $1,467,000 ($29.20)
    Health - Other: $1,403,000 ($27.92)
    Financial Administration: $1,317,000 ($26.21)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,203,000 ($23.94)
    Parks and Recreation: $763,000 ($15.19)
    Public Welfare - Other: $648,000 ($12.90)
    Natural Resources - Other: $32,000 ($0.64)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,580,000 ($31.45)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $858,000 ($17.08)
    Sewerage: $685,000 ($13.63)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,694,000 ($591.00)

Plainfield government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $8,406,000 ($167.30)
    Sewerage: $8,403,000 ($167.24)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,450,000 ($28.86)
    Parking Facilities: $323,000 ($6.43)
    All Other: $235,000 ($4.68)
    Parks and Recreation: $66,000 ($1.31)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $9,424,000 ($187.56)
    All Other: $140,000 ($2.79)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,201,000 ($23.90)
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,046,000 ($20.82)
    Sale of Property: $527,000 ($10.49)
    General Revenue, NEC: $335,000 ($6.67)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $10,188,000 ($202.77)
    All Other: $4,369,000 ($86.96)
  • Tax - Property: $43,782,000 ($871.39)
    Other License: $595,000 ($11.84)
    Public Utilities Sales: $111,000 ($2.21)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $59,000 ($1.17)

Plainfield government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,113,000 ($678.95)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $31,263,000 ($622.22)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,850,000 ($56.72)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $15,645,000 ($311.38)
    Beginning: $4,682,000 ($93.19)

Plainfield government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,548,000 ($249.74)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,760,000 ($333.57)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,314,000 ($65.96)

6.21% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($55,931 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.21%
New Jersey average:

6.12%

0.09% of residents moved from foreign countries ($1,193 average AGI)
Union County:

0.09%
New Jersey average:

0.14%


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Essex County, NJ  1.58% ($43,782 average AGI)
from Middlesex County, NJ  0.79% ($45,395)
from Hudson County, NJ  0.64% ($64,325)


7.47% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($58,861 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.47%
New Jersey average:

6.89%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($727 average AGI)
Union County:

0.06%
New Jersey average:

0.09%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Middlesex County, NJ  1.18% ($47,329 average AGI)
to Essex County, NJ  0.93% ($39,626)
to Somerset County, NJ  0.63% ($72,811)

Strongest AM radio stations in Plainfield:

  • WMCA (570 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: SALEM MEDIA OF NEW YORK, LLC)
  • WOR (710 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BUCKLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WINS (1010 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WABC (770 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WABC-AM RADIO, INC.)
  • WEPN (1050 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK AM RADIO, LLC)
  • WBBR (1130 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: BLOOMBERG COMMUNICATIONS INC.)
  • WJDM (1530 AM; 10 kW; ELIZABETH, NJ; Owner: RADIO UNICA OF NEW YORK LICENSE CORP)
  • WADO (1280 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP.)
  • WLIB (1190 AM; 30 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS-NY, INC.)
  • WSNR (620 AM; 20 kW; JERSEY CITY, NJ)
  • WFAN (660 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WQEW (1560 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: THE NEW YORK TIMES ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMPANY)
  • WCBS (880 AM; 50 kW; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Plainfield:

  • WAWZ (99.1 FM; ZAREPHATH, NJ; Owner: PILLAR OF FIRE)
  • WRKS (98.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORP OF NEW YORK)
  • WNEW (102.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WNYC-FM (93.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WNYC RADIO)
  • WMGQ (98.3 FM; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: THE SENTINEL PUBLISHING CO.)
  • WPAT-FM (93.1 FM; PATERSON, NJ; Owner: WPAT LICENSING, INC.)
  • WQCD (101.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS RADIO LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WKTU (103.5 FM; LAKE SUCCESS, NY; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, LLC)
  • WCAA (105.9 FM; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: WADO-AM LICENSE CORP. ("WADO"))
  • WBAI (99.5 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: PACIFICA FOUNDATION, INC.)
  • WBLS (107.5 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ICBC BROADCAST HOLDINGS-NY, INC.)
  • WLTW (106.7 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM NEW YORK LICENSES, LLC)
  • WQXR-FM (96.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: THE NEW YORK TIMES ELECTRONIC MEDIA COMPANY)
  • WSKQ-FM (97.9 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WSKQ LICENSING, INC.)
  • WXRK (92.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WAXQ (104.3 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM NEW YORK LICENSES, LLC)
  • WHTZ (100.3 FM; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WWPR-FM (105.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMFM RADIO LICENSES, L.L.C.)
  • WQHT (97.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: EMMIS LICENSE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK)
  • WCBS-FM (101.1 FM; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Plainfield:

  • WLBX-LP (Channel 22; CRANFORD, NJ; Owner: RENARD COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WNJB (Channel 58; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WCBS-TV (Channel 2; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: CBS BROADCASTING INC.)
  • WNYW (Channel 5; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WABC-TV (Channel 7; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC)
  • WPIX (Channel 11; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WPIX, INC.)
  • WWOR-TV (Channel 9; SECAUCUS, NJ; Owner: FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, INC.)
  • WPXO-LP (Channel 34; EAST ORANGE, NJ; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LPTV, INC.)
  • WPXN-TV (Channel 31; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: PAXSON COMMUNICATIONS LICENSE COMPANY, LLC)
  • WNBC (Channel 4; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WNET (Channel 13; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WXTV (Channel 41; PATERSON, NJ; Owner: WXTV LICENSE PARTNERSHIP, G.P.)
  • WNJU (Channel 47; LINDEN, NJ; Owner: WNJU LICENSE CORPORATION)
  • WFUT (Channel 68; NEWARK, NJ; Owner: UNIVISION NEW YORK LLC)
  • WNYE-TV (Channel 25; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: NEW YORK CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION)
  • WXNY-LP (Channel 32; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ISLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W36AS (Channel 36; NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Owner: DEEPAK VISWANATH)
  • WKOB-LP (Channel 53; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: WKOB COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WEBR-CA (Channel 17; MANHATTAN, NY; Owner: K LICENSEE INC.)
  • WRNN-LP (Channel 57; NYACK, NY; Owner: LP NYACK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W54CZ (Channel 54; MORRISTOWN, NJ; Owner: WLNY-TV, INC.)
  • W60AI (Channel 60; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: VENTANA TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WNJT (Channel 52; TRENTON, NJ; Owner: NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY)
  • WNXY-LP (Channel 26; NEW YORK, NY; Owner: ISLAND BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W33BS (Channel 33; DARIEN, CT; Owner: CT&T BROADCASTING, INC.)

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)


See more detailed statistics of Plainfield fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 15
Total length: 21 meters (69ft)
Total costs: $1,019,000
Total average daily traffic: 74,752
Total average daily truck traffic: 2,097
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 89,897

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1900-1909: 1
  • 1910-1919: 2
  • 1920-1929: 3
  • 1930-1939: 4
  • 1940-1949: 0
  • 1950-1959: 0
  • 1960-1969: 0
  • 1970-1979: 1
  • 1980-1989: 0
  • 1990-1999: 2
  • 2000-2009: 1
  • 2010-2012: 1
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Plainfield, NJ

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

11 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers in Plainfield, NJ)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

4
  • 1355 W. FRONT STREET, 1355 West Front Street (Lat: 40.600361 Lon: -74.448667), Type: Tank, Structure height: 47.2 m, Call Sign: WQJY316
    Assigned Frequencies: 11325.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 02/11/2009, Expiration Date: 02/01/2019, Cancellation Date: 09/04/2009, Certifier: James J.R. Talbot
    Registrant: At&t Corp., 2315 Salem Road, First Floor, H9, Conyers, GA 30013, Phone: (770) 602-2065, Fax: (770) 929-4454, Email:
  • NJ-NNJ5104A, 900 South 2nd Street (Lat: 40.604639 Lon: -74.441194), Type: Pole, Structure height: 41.5 m, Call Sign: WQLS974
    Assigned Frequencies: 21825.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/19/2010, Expiration Date: 04/19/2020, Certifier: Nadja S Sodos-Wallace
    Registrant: Clearwire Spectrum Holdings Iii, LLC, 815 Connecticut Ave, Nw, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: (202) 330-4011, Fax: (202) 330-4008, Email:
  • NJ-NNJ5112A, 132 East Front Street (Lat: 40.620389 Lon: -74.422750), Type: Bant, Structure height: 22.9 m, Overall height: 25.9 m, Call Sign: WQLT345
    Assigned Frequencies: 19375.0 MHz, 23075.0 MHz, 19475.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/20/2010, Expiration Date: 04/20/2020, Certifier: Nadja S Sodos-Wallace
    Registrant: Clearwire Spectrum Holdings Iii, LLC, 815 Connecticut Ave, Nw, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: (202) 330-4011, Fax: (202) 330-4008, Email:
  • NJ-NNJ5105A, Park Ave. & Randolph Road (Lat: 40.606444 Lon: -74.402528), Type: Bant, Structure height: 25.6 m, Overall height: 28.6 m, Call Sign: WQLT359
    Assigned Frequencies: 21875.0 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/20/2010, Expiration Date: 04/20/2020, Certifier: Nadja S Sodos-Wallace
    Registrant: Clearwire Spectrum Holdings Iii, LLC, 815 Connecticut Ave, Nw, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20006, Phone: (202) 330-4011, Fax: (202) 330-4008, Email:

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

3
  • Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Inc., Park Ave. And Rand (Lat: 40.606750 Lon: -74.402083), Call Sign: KAA891
    Assigned Frequencies: 158.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/10/2008, Expiration Date: 07/01/2018, Certifier: John Adiletta
    Registrant: Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C., 1120 20th Street, N.W., Suite 700 North, Washington, DC 22314, Phone: (202) 973-1210, Fax: (202) 973-1212, Email:
  • Plainfield Police Dept. 240 East 4th Street (Lat: 40.618694 Lon: -74.418472), Call Sign: KEC928
    Assigned Frequencies: 931.562 MHz
    Expiration Date: 04/01/1999, Cancellation Date: 06/05/1999
    Registrant: Infopage, Inc., 10 Parsonage Road, Suite 206, Edison, NJ 08837
  • Park Ave.Muhlenburg Hospital (Lat: 40.602333 Lon: -74.353194), Structure height: 32.6 m, Call Sign: KRS674
    Assigned Frequencies: 454.100 MHz
    Grant Date: 05/11/1999, Expiration Date: 04/01/2009, Cancellation Date: 11/15/2004, Certifier: Paul H Kuzia
    Registrant: Wilkinson Barker Knaurer, LLP, 2300 N Street, N.W. 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20037, Phone: (202) 783-4141, Fax: (202) 783-5851, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

43 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Plainfield)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

14 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Plainfield)


Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 10 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED175$198,07449$222,367423$238,81626$78,8088$666,00021$159,238
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED20$200,8505$164,20083$218,00010$11,2001$1,300,0002$82,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED53$216,81131$162,452368$242,09564$58,2813$1,011,33328$169,571
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN46$191,00015$200,667218$243,01814$75,5001$1,040,00010$186,300
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS23$203,0875$310,00074$270,8653$151,3331$500,0000$0

Detailed mortgage data for all 10 tracts in Plainfield, NJ

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 9 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED11$263,4557$297,857
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED5$176,2005$291,400
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$108,0008$260,125
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN2$191,0002$292,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS2$216,5000$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 30
  • Hazardous Condition: 2

Incident types - Plainfield


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Plainfield, NJ

Most common first names in Plainfield, NJ among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary62380.0 years
John60273.2 years
William48471.8 years
Joseph37273.9 years
James36569.6 years
Charles29272.3 years
George26973.4 years
Helen26279.1 years
Anna25481.5 years
Robert25367.5 years
Most common last names in Plainfield, NJ among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith20774.9 years
Johnson18169.8 years
Brown15069.1 years
Jones15069.7 years
Williams14270.2 years
Taylor9273.1 years
Jackson8768.8 years
Davis8068.6 years
Robinson7970.2 years
Miller6873.7 years
Businesses in Plainfield, NJ
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Nike4
AutoZone1Papa John's Pizza1
Baskin-Robbins1Payless1
Blockbuster1Pizza Hut1
Burger King2Subway3
Dairy Queen1T-Mobile1
Dunkin Donuts3U-Haul2
FedEx2UPS1
H&R Block1Walgreens1
KFC3Wendy's1
McDonald's2White Castle1
New Balance1YMCA1
Browse common businesses in Plainfield, NJ

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