Plainfield, New Jersey

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Population in 2014: 50,955 (100% urban, 0% rural). Population change since 2000: +6.5%
 
Males: 25,969  (51.0%)
Females: 24,986  (49.0%)
Median resident age:  34.1 years
New Jersey median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 07076.

Estimated median household income in 2015: $55,729 (it was $46,683 in 2000)
Plainfield:

$55,729
NJ:

$72,222

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $23,214 (it was $19,052 in 2000)

Plainfield city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $240,704 (it was $137,500 in 2000)
Plainfield:

$240,704
NJ:

$322,600

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $424,013; Detached houses: $451,755; Townhouses or other attached units: $317,382; In 2-unit structures: $287,399; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $238,178; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $257,463; Mobile homes: $255,547

Median gross rent in 2015: $1,138.

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  • Races in Plainfield, NJ (2010)

    Plainfield races chart
    • 24,06948.3%Black alone
    • 20,10540.4%Hispanic
    • 4,1398.3%White alone
    • 7491.5%Two or more races
    • 4390.9%Asian alone
    • 1920.4%Other race alone
    • 970.2%American Indian alone
    • 180.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Plainfield detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Plainfield: 115.7 (more than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (6.6%), Jamaican (2.1%), Italian (1.1%), African (1.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1869

Elevation: 110 feet

Land area: 6.04 square miles.

Population density: 8,439 people per square mile   (high).

Plainfield,NJ real estate house value index trend

Plainfield, New Jersey map

For population 25 years and over in Plainfield:

  • High school or higher: 72.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 30.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Plainfield city:

  • Never married: 48.3%
  • Now married: 33.5%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 5.3%
  • Divorced: 9.3%

19,990 residents are foreign born (35.6% Latin America).

This city:

38.9%
New Jersey:

21.7%



According to our research of New Jersey and other state lists there were 33 registered sex offenders living in Plainfield, New Jersey as of October 16, 2017.
The ratio of number of residents in Plainfield to the number of sex offenders is 1,523 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $7,773 (3.3%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $8,215 (3.1%)

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+: Staten Island, NY (14.6 miles , pop. 443,728).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Brooklyn, NY (24.5 miles , pop. 2,465,326).

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
  • 2013: 28 buildings, average cost: $48,600
  • 2014: 3 buildings, average cost: $88,700

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

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: -13,786 (-26.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 5,349 (20.6%)

Area code: 908

Plainfield household income distribution Plainfield home values distribution

Crime rates in Plainfield by Year
Type 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Murders 915915104528106934
per 100,000 18.72.010.318.631.221.08.510.84.417.220.011.917.85.97.8
Rapes 81917181612914813161491115
per 100,000 16.638.935.037.233.325.219.130.417.428.032.027.817.821.629.3
Robberies 308255276226244260240212254237247165165134139
per 100,000 638.6522.2568.6467.3507.4545.3509.1459.6552.9510.1494.3327.8327.2263.6271.8
Assaults 218241221299242289232230210231194173244213172
per 100,000 452.0493.6455.3618.3503.2606.1492.1498.7457.1497.2388.2343.7483.8419.0336.4
Burglaries 570449452434371494229390334387605526381320289
per 100,000 1,181.9919.5931.1897.4771.41,036.1485.8845.5727.1833.01,210.61,045.1755.5629.4565.2
Theft 1,1151,1351,0338948539479511,011846929934818807828801
per 100,000 2,312.02,324.42,128.01,848.61,773.71,986.22,017.32,191.91,841.61,999.61,869.01,625.21,600.11,628.71,566.5
Auto thefts 390313359263353174190138119130147101966381
per 100,000 808.7641.0739.6543.8734.0364.9403.0299.2259.0279.8294.2200.7190.4123.9158.4
Arson 281110111621752919131523
per 100,000 58.122.520.622.733.344.014.810.84.419.438.025.829.73.95.9
City-data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 286.7) 615.3536.6558.6511.1525.5528.1430.3454.4425.2470.0474.6367.4377.0311.1302.8

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City-data.com crime index 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 2015, including police officers: 154 (127 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

2.48
New Jersey average:

3.49
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.4%
New Jersey:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,298 (+2.8%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (16%)
  • Construction (14%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (8%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (18%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Material moving occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (6%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Work and jobs in Plainfield: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Plainfield, New Jersey

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Plainfield, New Jersey average temperatures Plainfield, New Jersey average precipitation Plainfield, New Jersey humidity Plainfield, New Jersey wind speed Plainfield, New Jersey snowfall Plainfield, New Jersey sunshine Plainfield, New Jersey clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Plainfield-area historical tornado activity is near New Jersey state average. It is 29% smaller 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 87% 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 10/7/1983 at 10:18:46, a magnitude 5.3 (5.1 MB, 5.3 LG, 5.1 ML, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 230.9 miles away from Plainfield center
On 4/20/2002 at 10:50:47, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MB, 4.2 MS, 5.2 MW, 5.0 MW, Depth: 6.8 mi) earthquake occurred 270.1 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 the city 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 Plainfield center
On 8/22/1992 at 12:20:32, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 3.8 MS, 4.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 241.2 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Union County (26) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 10

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Hurricanes: 7, Storms: 6, Heavy Rains: 4, Snowstorms: 3, Blizzards: 2, Water Shortages: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Power Outage: 1, Tornado: 1, Wind: 1, Other: 2 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Plainfield topographic map

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 and medical centers in Plainfield:

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

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.

Colleges/Universities in Plainfield:

  • Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Nursing (Full-time enrollment: 220; Location: Park Ave and Randolph Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.jfkmuhlenbergschools.org)
  • Muhlenberg Harold B and Dorothy A Snyder Schools-School of Imaging (FT enrollment: 58; Location: Park Ave & Randolph Rd; Private, not-for-profit; Website: www.jfkmuhlenbergschools.org)
  • duCret School of Arts (FT enrollment: 30; Location: 1030 Central Ave; Private, not-for-profit; Website: WWW.DUCRET.EDU)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Plainfield:

  • Union County College (about 7 miles; Cranford, NJ; Full-time enrollment: 9,148)
  • Rutgers University-New Brunswick (about 8 miles; New Brunswick, NJ; FT enrollment: 39,388)
  • Middlesex County College (about 9 miles; Edison, NJ; FT enrollment: 9,849)
  • Drew University (about 10 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,272)
  • Kean University (about 11 miles; Union, NJ; FT enrollment: 12,648)
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham (about 12 miles; Madison, NJ; FT enrollment: 2,690)
  • Seton Hall University (about 13 miles; South Orange, NJ; FT enrollment: 7,742)

Public high schools in Plainfield:

  • PLAINFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 1,799, Location: 950 PARK AVENUE, Grades: 9-12)
  • UNION COUNTY TEAMS CHARTER SCHOOL (Location: 515 517 WEST FOURTH STREET, Grades: KG-12, Charter school)
  • THE BARACK OBAMA GREEN CHARTER HIGH (Location: 35 WATCHUNG AVE, Grades: 9-12, Charter school)
  • BARACK OBAMA ACADEMY FOR ACADEMIC & CIVIC DEVELOPM (Location: 1200 MYRTLE AVE, Grades: 9-12)
  • PLAINFIELD ACADEMY FOR THE ARTS & ADVANCED STUDIES (Location: 1700 WEST FRONT ST, Grades: 7-12)

Private high schools in Plainfield:

  • KOINONIA ACADEMY (Students: 177, Location: 1040 PLAINFIELD AVE, Grades: PK-12)
  • NEW COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 39, Location: 315 W 7TH ST, Grades: KG-11)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Plainfield:

Private elementary/middle schools in Plainfield:

  • I AM'S TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 93, Location: 620 RAVINE RD, Grades: KG-8)
  • NEWMARK SCHOOL (Students: 83, Location: 365 EMERSON AVE, Grades: 1-8)
See full list of schools located in Plainfield

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
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 102. This is worse than average.

City:

102
U.S.:

75

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2013 was 0.336. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.336
U.S.:

0.293

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 10.5. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

10.5
U.S.:

6.4

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.675. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.675
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 28.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.5
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2004 was 14.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 11.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.7
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.27. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.27
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2003 was 0.00543. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.00543
U.S.:

0.01376
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 23.0%
(10.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.7% for Black residents, 28.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.8% for American Indian residents, 32.9% for other race residents, 10.7% 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

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, New Jersey environmental map by EPA

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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 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

19.2
New Jersey average:

12.7

Plainfield travel time to work - commute Plainfield mode of transportation to work chart

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Neighborhoods in Plainfield:

(Plainfield, New Jersey Neighborhood Map)

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic247,24044
Mainline Protestant35,313109
Evangelical Protestant30,123129
Other28,70752
Black Protestant7,85838
Orthodox5,71710
None181,541-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs 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%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.3%
New Jersey:

49.9%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Plainfield:

46.5%
State:

47.4%

Average BMI:
Plainfield:

29.3
New Jersey:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Plainfield:

19.4%
State:

20.4%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

11.8%
New Jersey:

11.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Plainfield:

6.6
New Jersey:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.2%
New Jersey:

33.6%

General health condition:
Plainfield:

54.8%
State:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Plainfield:

83.1%
New Jersey:

79.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Plainfield, NJ Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 13$87,703$80,9570$0
Other Government Administration 15$93,070$74,4564$13,734
Judicial and Legal 16$85,314$63,9868$11,328
Police Protection - Officers 94$750,302$95,7830$0
Police - Other 21$111,572$63,75527$33,252
Firefighters 64$563,594$105,6740$0
Fire - Other 1$3,360$40,3200$0
Streets and Highways 3$21,690$86,7600$0
Welfare 7$35,248$60,4250$0
Health 15$83,121$66,4970$0
Solid Waste Management 59$215,821$43,8960$0
Sewerage 10$39,876$47,8510$0
Parks and Recreation 3$16,345$65,3800$0
Housing and Community Development(Local) 34$130,615$46,09910$8,181
Local Libraries 11$58,464$63,77916$15,980
Other and Unallocable 66$299,335$54,4257$3,700
Totals for Government 432$2,595,430$72,09572$86,175

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

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $821,000 ($16.11)
    Housing and Community Development: $684,000 ($13.42)
    General - Other: $86,000 ($1.69)
  • Current Operations - General - Other: $15,863,000 ($311.31)
    Police Protection: $14,202,000 ($278.72)
    Housing and Community Development: $9,718,000 ($190.72)
    Solid Waste Management: $8,805,000 ($172.80)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,709,000 ($170.92)
    Sewerage: $6,820,000 ($133.84)
    Regular Highways: $3,216,000 ($63.11)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,701,000 ($33.38)
    Central Staff Services: $1,592,000 ($31.24)
    Libraries: $1,467,000 ($28.79)
    Health - Other: $1,403,000 ($27.53)
    Financial Administration: $1,317,000 ($25.85)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $1,203,000 ($23.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $763,000 ($14.97)
    Public Welfare - Other: $648,000 ($12.72)
    Natural Resources - Other: $32,000 ($0.63)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,580,000 ($31.01)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $858,000 ($16.84)
    Sewerage: $685,000 ($13.44)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $29,694,000 ($582.75)

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

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $8,406,000 ($164.97)
    Sewerage: $8,403,000 ($164.91)
    Housing and Community Development: $1,450,000 ($28.46)
    Parking Facilities: $323,000 ($6.34)
    All Other: $235,000 ($4.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $66,000 ($1.30)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $9,424,000 ($184.95)
    All Other: $140,000 ($2.75)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,201,000 ($23.57)
    Fines and Forfeits: $1,046,000 ($20.53)
    Sale of Property: $527,000 ($10.34)
    General Revenue, NEC: $335,000 ($6.57)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $10,188,000 ($199.94)
    All Other: $4,369,000 ($85.74)
  • Tax - Property: $43,782,000 ($859.23)
    Other License: $595,000 ($11.68)
    Public Utilities Sales: $111,000 ($2.18)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $59,000 ($1.16)

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

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $34,113,000 ($669.47)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $31,263,000 ($613.54)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,850,000 ($55.93)
  • Short Term Debt Outstanding - End of Fiscal Year: $15,645,000 ($307.04)
    Beginning: $4,682,000 ($91.88)

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

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,548,000 ($246.26)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $16,760,000 ($328.92)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $3,314,000 ($65.04)

5.32% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($60,482 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.32%
New Jersey average:

5.08%

0.05% of residents moved from foreign countries ($751 average AGI)
Union County:

0.05%
New Jersey average:

0.06%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Essex County, NJ  1.27% ($45,825 average AGI)
from Middlesex County, NJ  0.71% ($49,757)
from Hudson County, NJ  0.50% ($87,134)


5.94% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($59,152 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
New Jersey average:

5.65%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,304 average AGI)
Union County:

0.08%
New Jersey average:

0.09%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Essex County, NJ  0.93% ($43,744 average AGI)
to Middlesex County, NJ  0.86% ($46,633)
to Somerset County, NJ  0.48% ($69,150)

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 - 2014 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 15Number of bridges
  • 21m69ftTotal length
  • $3,576,000Total costs
  • 78,210Total average daily traffic
  • 2,196Total average daily truck traffic
  • 93,910Total future (year 2034) average daily traffic

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 11900-1909
  • 21910-1919
  • 31920-1929
  • 41930-1939
  • 11970-1979
  • 21990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2015
See Full National Bridge Inventory Statistics for Plainfield, NJ
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

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (82%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Electricity (9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
Businesses in Plainfield, NJ
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven1Nike4
Advance Auto Parts1Papa John's Pizza1
AutoZone1Payless1
Baskin-Robbins1Pizza Hut1
Blockbuster1Subway3
Burger King2T-Mobile1
Dairy Queen1U-Haul2
Dunkin Donuts3UPS1
FedEx2Walgreens1
H&R Block1Wendy's1
KFC3White Castle1
McDonald's2YMCA1
New Balance1

Plainfield compared to New Jersey state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • 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.
  • House age above state average.

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  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Administrative and support and waste management services (population 50,000+)"
  • #5 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index decrease from 2011 to 2012 (population 50,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely gay men couples (counted as self-reported male-male unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Material moving occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #28 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Guatemala (population 500+)"
  • #31 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Material moving occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #35 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Community and social service occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the highest percentage of single-parent households, population 50,000+"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of likely lesbian couples (counted as self-reported female-female unmarried-partner households) (population 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Production occupations (population 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Wholesale trade (population 50,000+)"
  • #39 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Manufacturing (population 50,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the lowest percentage of workers working at home, population 50,000+"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Administrative and support and waste management services (population 50,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Ecuador (population 500+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of unmarried partner households (population 50,000+)"
  • #15 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that keep firearms around their homes"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest decrease in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Orthodox adherents"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the most Catholic adherents"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that drank alcohol in the past 30 days"
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