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Plainfield is a city in Union County, in the New York metro area.

The community was named for its wide plains, which reach north to the Watchung Mountains.

The latitude of Plainfield is 40.633N. The longitude is -74.407W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 112 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 48,025.


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Median household income
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$46,683
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Plainfield demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Blew Hills
· Blondyn Plains
· Blue Hills
· Milltown
· Pinchgut
Dating back to the early part of the 18th century, Plainfield had a vibrant Quaker community.

The community was enlivened with the arrival of the railroad in 1840

Plainfield experienced rioting in 1967 at the same time as Newark.

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 519. The number of murders and homicides was 5. The violent crime rate was 10.7 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 2004 movie, "Kinsey"
Local bands (past and present) have included Funkadelic, Parliament
Performing arts: Plainfield Symphony
Nearby parks & recreation: Cedar Brook Park, Green Brook Park
Historic sites and museums: Drake House Museum, Friends Meeting House
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 231

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2% of Plainfield residents report German ancestry, and 2% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Plainfield ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Plainfield was $19,052, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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19% of Plainfield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Plainfield include Hillside Avenue Historic District, North Avenue Commerical District, Van Wyck Brooks Historic District ... View historic districts

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Median rent in Plainfield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $657.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,572.


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Libraries in Plainfield include Plainfield Free Public Library ... View libraries

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Union County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Plainfield political report.

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The average commute time for Plainfield workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Plainfield between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.5 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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