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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Plainfield is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 41,978. Plainfield is in Kendall County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Plainfield offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Plainfield there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Plainfield and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Plainfield are highly rated.
About Plainfield...
Population
41,978

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$296,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,778
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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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
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    66.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    27.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    29.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    57.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    646.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    17%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Plainfield

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$121,746
National
$55,322
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Plainfield Reviews

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I have lived in Plainfield for over 20 years and love seeing how much it is expanding! It seems like there are always stores opening, new neighborhoods being built, etc. Naperville is less than 30 minutes away, at least from where I live; Chicago is a train ride away from the route 59 station; there are plenty of stores, restaurants, and places to hike. Although I'm moving to the East Coast, I did enjoy living here. My only complaint is how there isn't much to do after hours, as almost everything is closed. At that point, you're better off going to Naperville or Chicago. Either way, a wonderful place to live, especially if you're looking for something family friendly.
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Plainfield is a great big (small) town as far as availability to several grocery stores, restaurants and a great discount produce store called Peter Rubi’s. The downtown has been renovated within the past 5yrs and everyone loves it there. I feel safe living here and the people are very friendly! Now if I could just move this town to southwest Florida, it would be paradise!
There’s lots to do in Plainfield! I live generally near a sled hill, dog park, and walking trail. I’m just a few minutes from an adorable downtown area with great restaurants like Sovereign, MORA, Uptown Tap, and Hazel Marie’s. Lots of cute shops too. Plainfield is pretty central to other towns too and has easy access to the highway for easy travels.