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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Plainfield is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 41,881. Plainfield is in Will County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Plainfield offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Plainfield there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Plainfield and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Plainfield are above average.
About Plainfield...
Population
41,881

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$287,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,665
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%
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Plainfield Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    63
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    7
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    81
    500
  • Theft
    650
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    35
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$116,896
National
$55,322
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Plainfield is a diverse, safe, and unified community in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and contains a plethora of things to do such as exploring its downtown area (which contains several restaurants, bars, boutiques, and things of the like), and has local events such as parades (this past weekend was the Plainfield Irish Parade). Plainfield North High School ranks better than ~88% of high schools Illinois in terms of academic performance, making it a respectable school district. Although Plainfield has its upsides, the area is lackluster when it comes to respectable members of society. For example, the white middle class women of Plainfield who tote their Michael Kors wallets and purses are something to frown upon. As they walk amongst the aisles of Target and Lulu Lemon with their sunglasses decorating their perfectly sculpted haircuts, the demeanor of the average Plainfield woman proclaims something along the lines of "may I speak to your manager?".
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Growing up in Plainfield, I think just like any other teen, I criticized the-- what I thought to be--small town. I ached to move away and see the world. Though I will most likely never move back, I will always be proud to call that place home. From the cute little parks to the immediate access to any grocery store and/or form of entertainment, I will always compare my future residences to Plainfield. I will always look back with a warm heart remembering the friendly summer days walking barefoot through my neighborhood with friends. The smell of neighborhood barbecues and fresh cut grass. My future homes have a lot of expectations to live up to!
Plainfield Illinois is 37 miles from Chicago, a suburb west of the city. On average it takes approximately 45 minutes to get downtown in Chicago. The suburb has a very diverse population where everyone is accepted and seems to get along very well. The schools are safe and my child's school corporation is very helpful, friendly, and provides a great education. The housing market is affordable and decently priced. The employment opportunities are endless and we have an average fun nightlife with a variety of events and functions to choose from.