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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Plainfield is a suburb of New York City with a population of 51,097. Plainfield is in Union County. Living in Plainfield offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Plainfield there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Plainfield and residents tend to be liberal.
About Plainfield...
Population
51,097

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$236,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,170
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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Plainfield Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    171.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    194.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    277.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,174.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    161.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    27%
    13%

Working in Plainfield

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$56,425
National
$55,322

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Plainfield Reviews

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I have lived in sleepy hollow section for 16 years. I take the train regularly to nyc. The town has continued to improve and for locals that are secure this is a hidden gem. People and homes are very diverse. Lots to do nearby. Great for walks whether early or late. Lately we have seen an uptick in investment and improvements by home owners, investors, government and flippers. If you are looking for a long term investment this place is it. We are surrounded by expensive towns and get to the city, beach and pa easily. I think if we can get a few more shops, restaurants and continued investment by home owners we will continue to see significant improvement. Not sure how all the apartment construction will affect the town. I hope it lowers taxes and spurs services. I think also if we can continue to get more young families that schools will gradually improve or you can use the good private schools or charter ones
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I have lived in Plainfield for the majority of my life. My family and are happy living where we are. I attend PAAAS, which is about 5 minutes away from home so it is easy for me to get to school. My favorite thing about my town is many opportunities that are offered. I am captain of the Girls Varsity Soccer Team. We get the chance to play different schools and play county games. The many sports that are played all over the city have many opportunities to get a good experience out of their sport. Something I would change is the safety, I would never feel safe to walk down my street alone during the daytime.
Plainfield is a good enough area. There are resources that are accessible once you make use of the opportunities provided. For example, the public high school offers students looking for a job a list of companies looking for high school scholars to work there. However, outside of school, it's very uncomfortable to be outside. If I'm walking home at night, there's been times when the streets are empty and if something, nobody would find out until the morning. In some areas, it may be violent at certain times in the day. In middle school, I witnessed fights daily and was accustomed to the occurrence of them. I hope for in the future, that Plainfield could make itself safer for the community in general, especially at night.