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A+ Plainfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Plainfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than New Jersey
Plainfield
11515% more expensive than the US average
New Jersey
12525% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Plainfield cost of living
F Plainfield Crime Total crime is 51% higher than New Jersey
Total crime
2,6992% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 382% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%Year over year crime is down
Plainfield crime
D- Plainfield Employment Household income is 24% lower than New Jersey
Median household income
$55,6571% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$23,59421% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%53% higher than the US average
Plainfield employment
F Plainfield Housing Home value is 25% lower than New Jersey
Median home value
$235,80028% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,15822% higher than the US average
Home ownership
48%25% lower than the US average
Plainfield real estate or Plainfield rentals
F Plainfield Schools HS graduation rate is 19% lower than New Jersey
High school grad. rates
70%15% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%56% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
12:126% lower than the US average
Plainfield K-12 schools or Plainfield colleges

Living in Plainfield, NJ

Plainfield, New Jersey is a moderately-sized city with a population of 50,578 people. Plainfield has a population density of 8,487 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Plainfield identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 45% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Plainfield is very likely to be a great place to live for singles as only 48%, of the population (over fifteen) is classified as married.

Living in Plainfield can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of New Jersey, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Plainfield and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Plainfield to New Jersey and the national average.

Using data and statistics Plainfield has received a livability score of 55/100. This score is ranked in the 6th percentile when compared to all other cities. This is a lower than the United States average livability score as Plainfield does not rank well for most categories. In fact, Plainfield actually ranks among the lowest 10 percentile of cities across the nation. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Plainfield ranks well for amenities (A+). On a less positive note, Plainfield does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), cost of living (F), education (F), employment (D-) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Plainfield, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Plainfield is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Plainfield come in at $235,800, which is 25.5% lower than the New Jersey average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Plainfield, the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 2.3% lower than the New Jersey average.

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Compare Plainfield, NJ Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Plainfield, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Fresh Kills, New York8611.712
Huguenot, New York7713.211,608
Woodrow, New York75129,310
Rossville, New York7511.410,650
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Annandale, New York73149,989
Ardon Heights, New York7212.723,582
Prince's Bay, New York7112.98,501
Charlestown-Richmond Valley, New York7010.91,829

Best Cities Near Plainfield, NJ

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Zarephath, NJ839.98
Plainsboro Center, NJ8321.62,733
Morrisville CDP, PA8234.1862
Princeton, NJ8122.130,168
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Pelham, NY8037.86,996
Upper Montclair, NJ7919.311,731
Brookdale, NJ7919.59,919
Yardville, NJ7932.47,147

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Plainfield, NJ Is Not For Everyone

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Nightlife3/10
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I previously had the opportunity to live in Plainfield, NJ for five years as a young adult leaving home for the first time. I chose Plainfield, NJ as a fairly decent commute to Princeton. Although I found Plainfield, NJ a decent place to live, I would not go back.

There are several tourist attractions located in Plainfield, NJ, some of which are worth visiting. The historical Drake House Museum should be the first attraction to see. The two main streets that house all of the attractions are Front Street and Park Ave. Travel along these two streets, and you will take in most of what Plainfield, NJ has in the way of sightseeing. Most of these are quite expensive, and not worth the price. Others are not worth going to at all. It all depends on your circumstances and tastes. Green Brook Park is nice for taking walks, jogging, or a family outing. Best of all, it is free to visit. I enjoyed going to the park with a good book. There is plenty of shade. If you are just visiting Plainfield, NJ, you will be disappointed to find that there are no five star hotels. Howard Johnson's and Wiser Norman are your best bet, but two stars is the best rating I can give. Fine dining is available. There are some very nice restaurants. Catering mostly to tourists, these restaurants are very pricey.

Housing in Plainfield is very expensive for even a decent neighborhood. Be prepared to negotiate your price, but you will pay a tidy sum for a simple one story single family home. Most of the neighborhoods are tree-lined with small houses very close together. If you are looking for privacy and a big lot, you will pay a big price. Also, choose the area of the city you wish to live in wisely. There are some areas that are more family friendly than others. Some are safer than others, and some are off-limits due to noise, dangerous activity, and rough night life activities.
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Source: The Plainfield, NJ data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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