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B Plainfield Amenities Some amenities close to this location
F Plainfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 19% higher than Illinois
11717% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Plainfield cost of living
A+ Plainfield Crime Total crime is 64% lower than Illinois
Total crime
87968% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11468% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Plainfield crime
B+ Plainfield Employment Household income is 97% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$116,896111% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,10631% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%23% lower than the US average
Plainfield employment
B- Plainfield Housing Home value is 64% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$287,10055% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,66575% higher than the US average
Home ownership
86%35% higher than the US average
Plainfield real estate or Plainfield rentals
D- Plainfield Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
40%19% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
23:145% higher than the US average
Plainfield K-12 schools

Living in Plainfield, IL

Plainfield, Illinois is a moderately-sized city with a population of 41,881 residents. If we look at the most recent Census, Plainfield is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. Plainfield is known to be family friendly as more than 87% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 37% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Plainfield can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! With useful information like cost of living, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Plainfield and in the areas around Plainfield is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 72 out of 100, Plainfield is ranked #8,465 in the United States and #194 in Illinois. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Plainfield scores well for amenities (B), crime (A+), employment (B+) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Plainfield. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and education (D-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Plainfield has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 127 crimes per 100,000 residents, Plainfield has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Plainfield. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Plainfield are affordable. The median home price for Plainfield homes is $287,100, which is 64.2% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Plainfield, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 16.7% lower than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Plainfield will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Plainfield, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.5%.

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Compare Plainfield, IL Livability To Other Cities

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We Absolutely Love it Here

My wife and I moved here about 18 months ago and we are absolutely thrilled with Plainfield, especially the Wallin Woods neighborhood. We are walking distance to a great gym (Avery YMCA), and we are also walking distance to Settlers Park and downtown Plainfield which is AWESOME. We feel extremely safe, everyone is very friendly, and there is very little traffic. We are able to access I-55 very quickly and can get anywhere we need to go. There are also many different stores and restaurants along Route 59. The school systems here are very strong (the Wallin Woods Neighborhood is zoned for Plainfield North High School) and our kids will be walking distance to their middle school. Overall, we are extremely happy we moved to Plainfield and chose this neighborhood.
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Extraordinary Plainfield

Situated around forty-five minutes South-West of Chicago, Plainfield, IL is a pretty darn nice place to call home. Having lived here for about five years now, I have found that although the cost of living in Plainfield is quite low, the quality of life is well above average.

Plainfield combines some of the best aspects of both rural and urban life. For those that love the outdoors, Mistwood Golf Club and Lake Renwick Reserve are always popular attractions. For the urbanites, a short ride up I-55 will have them immersed in all of the best museums and theaters that Chicago has to offer. No matter what your tastes or preferences may be, you are sure to find something fun to do in the Plainfield area.

The main drawback to living in Plainfield has got to be the weather. When the sun is shining this city shines with it, but those long winters with snow and ice blowing in from Lake Michigan can be tough to endure.
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Source: The Plainfield, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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