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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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
South Plainfield is a suburb of New York City with a population of 24,154. South Plainfield is in Middlesex County. Living in South Plainfield offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In South Plainfield there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in South Plainfield and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in South Plainfield are above average.
About South Plainfield...
Population
24,154

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$325,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,691
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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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
    90
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    24.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    90
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,688.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    77.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in South Plainfield

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$91,889
National
$55,322
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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.