Welcome to

Plainfield

Learn more about Plainfield

#45 Most Diverse Suburbs in New Jersey

Plainfield is a city in Union County known by its nickname as “The Queen City.” The city is both a regional hub for Central New Jersey and a suburb of the New York Metropolitan area, located within the core of the Raritan Valley region. 

Plainfield was incorporated as a city by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 21, 1869, from portions of Plainfield Township, based on the results of a referendum held that same day. The city and township coexisted until March 6, 1878, when Plainfield Township was dissolved and parts were absorbed by Plainfield city, with the remainder becoming Fanwood Township (now known as Scotch Plains). 

The name “Plainfield”, also used in both North Plainfield and South Plainfield, is derived from a local estate or from its scenic location. The area of present-day Plainfield was originally formed as Plainfield Township, a township that was created on April 5, 1847, from portions of Westfield Township, while the area was still part of Essex County. On March 19, 1857, Plainfield Township became part of the newly created Union County. 

As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population increased to 49,808, its highest ever recorded population in any decennial census, with the population having increased by 1,979 (+4.1%) from the 47,829 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,262 (+2.7%) from the 46,567 counted in the 1990 Census. The Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program calculated that the city’s population was 50,317 in 2019, ranking the city the 776th-most-populous in the country.

Want the full market report for Plainfield?

We want to ensure that you have all the information needed to make the best decisions when it comes to your home goals. When you enter your info below you will get instant access to the area's latest market report, complete with sales and demographic trends.

Plainfield
Market Report

Schools In The Area

Check our schools near Plainfield complete with ratings and contact info.

Best Local Businesses

Browse through the top rated businesses that Plainfield has to offer!