B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$322,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,557
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    19%
  • Own
    81%

South 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
    74
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    62
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    140
    500
  • Theft
    1,433
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    99
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$91,957
National
$55,322
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%
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I grew up in South Plainfield and just love it. The people are friendly and the neighborhood is clean. It has beautiful parks that provide a common place for social and chance meetings. People often go to this park for exercise since there is a mile path around it.For a small town there are plenty of places to shop and dine, however , I would like to see some fine dining restaurants come to town in addition to the diner-style and fast food places. The mayor of town is very friendly and works hard at keeping our town up to date and current. He makes sure we have a safe environment with his police staffing especially when schools are concerned. Our town comes together every Labor Day for a spectacular 2 hour parade which ends at the Middle School with vendors, music,and food. The day ends with a spectacular fireworks display. I think these are some reasons why when kids grow up they look to stay in town and start a family of there own!
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South Plainfield is a great town for both kids and adults. It has a wide variety of recreational activities for children of all ages, as well as plenty of events for adults to attend for a night out. It takes pride in having a small hometown type of feeling and it's well-known wrestling program. South Plainfield's school district is one that ensures the safety of the students, while instilling a passion for learning. As you can see, South Plainfield has it all!
As a half Italian, half Indian student, growing up in South Plainfield was the best option for me since I was presented the opportunity to experience the true beauty of diversity. Classmates and neighbors were very friendly and I've found lifelong friends who live within 2 minutes from me. Residents of South Plainfield are very caring and understanding, whether it's the local store clerk or the neighbor whose recycling bin is always filled with my family's cans and bottles. Judging from experience, South Plainfield is one of the most suitable towns in New Jersey to raise children. By raising a child in South Plainfield, one is offering their son or daughter a childhood filled with constant positive interactions. Nothing compares to taking a trip to Bagel Pantry for a rainbow bagel, riding a bike through Spring Lake Park, or waving to your neighbors as you pull out of the driveway for a vacation. South Plainfield is a town filled with beautiful, positive energy.