Plainfield At A Glance Coordinates: 40°36′55″N, 74°24′58″W
Elevation: 110 feet above sea level.
Plainfield, which has nine designated historic districts, was incorporated as a City in Union County, New Jersey, United Sates in 1869. As of the United States 2010 Census, the city population was 49,808 It is located on the southwestern edge of Union County and is bordered by nine municipalities.
As of the census of 2010, there were 49,808 people, 15,180 households, and 10,877 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,057.4/km² (7,921.7/mi²). There were 16,621 housing units at an average density of 1,034.3/km² (2,679.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 26.5% White, 52.1% African American, 1.9% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 22.6% from other races, and 4.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.4% of the population.
The Mayor of the City of Plainfield is Sharon M. Robinson-Briggs (D), whose second four-year term of office ends on December 31, 2014.
Federal, state and county representation
Plainfield is in the 12th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 22nd Legislative District.
The 12th Congressional District, covering portions of Middlesex County and Monmouth County, is represented by Rush Holt (D). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Jeffrey Chiesa (R, temporary appointment) and Robert Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 22nd legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Scotch Plains). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).
Plainfield has two New Jersey Transit rail stations on the Raritan Valley Line, formerly the mainline of the Central Railroad of New Jersey. The main Plainfield station is in the downtown and a second, smaller Netherwood station is in the Netherwood section, east of the downtown.
NJ Transit also provides bus service on the 113 and 114 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 59, 65 and 66 (Limited) to Newark; and local service on the 822 and 819 routes.
Newark Liberty International Airport is approximately 25 minutes away.
Owned by the City of Plainfield, the museum is operated by the Historical Society of Plainfield. Built in 1746, it has been restored to its look in as it did in the 1880's, displaying furniture, maps, and decorative arts. The museum is open to the public Sunday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and by appointment.
A list of churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious organizations in the City of Plainfield. (**if an entity is missing from this list please contact the Reference Department to have it added to the directory**)
The Commission educates the public on the benefits of historic preservation, taking actions that promote historic preservation, and participating in the protection and preservation of historic structures in Plainfield.
Beginning Oct 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace will make it easy for residents of New Jersey to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for lower costs for private insurance or health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in health coverage.
The Plainfield Division of Health administers a variety of programs and services for Plainfield Residents including Animal Control, Communicable Disease Services, the Healthy Mothers - Healthy Babies Program, Project Alert, Vital Statistics, the W.I.C Program, and Bilingual Daycare.
Plainfield Rescue Squad
700 West 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Provides Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of Plainfield and the surrounding areas.
Professional counseling is offered to help individuals, children, couples and families cope better with a variety of problems. They also provide children's services and special programs, as well as adoption services to prospective adoptive parents.
Primary purpose is to promote the rights and help meet the needs of immigrants and refugees through affordable legal services, advocacy, social services, community education and organizing, as well as cultural programs.
Families and Community Together (FACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the families of Union County who have children with emotional, behavioral, social, and mental health needs.
Sharron A. Mitchell-Brown
Director, Senior Citizens Activities
400 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Information on senior meals programs.
Monroe Avenue Family Development Corporation
324 Monroe Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07063
The Monroe Avenue Family Development Corporation (MAFDC) is a community based non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that aims to provide leadership in promoting, facilitating and coordinating the delivery of educational, cultural and support services for the benefit of at-risk youth, youth and their families. The development of family and youth enrichment programs assisted by public and private partnerships accomplishes this.
SAGE Eldercare helps thousands of frail, older adults, their families and caregivers each year. We are proud to offer a wide range of programs and services that support seniors in the challenges they face during the later stages of life.