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Welcome to Plainfield ...

The city of Plainfield is located in Union County<1>.

When the people of Plainfield refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Plainfielder<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Plainfield has a population of 50,302 people<3> (see below for details).

Plainfield was established in 1847.

The community of Plainfield is 90 feet [27 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Plainfield lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Plainfield is located in the (908) area code.

The ZIP code for Plainfield: 07060<5>

Websites for Plainfield ...

Official Website:   www.plainfield.com/

Junior League:   www.jlepnj.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Plainfield had an population of 50,302 people. This is an increase of 0.99% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.17% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Plainfield had a population of 49,808 people (which is 9.28% of the total population of Union County). This makes Plainfield the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Plainfield represents 0.57% of the total population of New Jersey (which has 8,791,894 people), making it the state's 16th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 49,808 people, the population of Plainfield increased 4.14% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 47,829 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Plainfield.

Communities Also Named Plainfield ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 27 communities that are also named Plainfield - they are located in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana (2), Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts (3), Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania (2), Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Plainfield.

Communities near Plainfield ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Plainfield.

  • Newark [Essex County]
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    • Newark [Essex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Plainfield
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 282,520 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newark
  • Elizabeth [Union County]
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    • Elizabeth [Union County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the east of Plainfield
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 128,382 people
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  • Bayonne [Hudson County]
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    • Bayonne [Hudson County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the east of Plainfield
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 65,165 people
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  • East Orange [Essex County]
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    • East Orange [Essex County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northeast of Plainfield
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 64,630 people
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • New Brunswick [Middlesex County]
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      • New Brunswick [Middlesex County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the south of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 56,182 people
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    • Perth Amboy [Middlesex County]
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      • Perth Amboy [Middlesex County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<6> to the southeast of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 51,309 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Perth Amboy have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perth Amboy
    • Linden [Union County]
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      • Linden [Union County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the east of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 42,076 people
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    • Kearny [Hudson County]
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      • Kearny [Hudson County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the northeast of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 40,507 people
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    • Rahway [Union County]
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      • Rahway [Union County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the east of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 29,832 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rahway have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rahway
    • Summit [Union County]
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      • Summit [Union County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northeast of Plainfield
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 21,812 people
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To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Plainfield. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Plainfield.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Plainfield. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Plainfield.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Plainfield. Our list includes 18 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Plainfield.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Plainfield ...

Looking for more information about Plainfield? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

While we are unaware of a Tourism page that is specific to Plainfield, there are neighboring communities that do have Tourism pages. A map of those communities can be found with our TripAdvisor Page for Plainfield.

Adding Plainfield to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Plainfield in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Plainfield was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Plainfield on a map titled George#&160;F. Cram Map (1905).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Plainfield on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Union County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Plainfield: www.plainfield.com/

The official website for Union County: www.unioncountynj.org/

The official website for State of New Jersey: https://www.state.nj.us/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of New Jersey's counties, including Union, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Plainfield refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Plainfield may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Plainfield.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Plainfield - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Plainfield). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Plainfield or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Plainfield) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Plainfield. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from PlainfieldOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Plainfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.6189, Longitude: -74.4196    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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