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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.
The community was enlivened with the arrival of the railroad in 1840
Plainfield experienced rioting in 1967 at the same time as Newark.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Plainfield demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Union County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Newark area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 07062 ZIP code.
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.
19% of Plainfield residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Historic districts in Plainfield include Hillside Avenue Historic District, North Avenue Commerical District, Van Wyck Brooks Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Plainfield, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $657. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,572.
Libraries in Plainfield include Plainfield Free Public Library ... View libraries
Union County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Plainfield political report.
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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