Plainfield, IL
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Plainfield is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 42,527 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Plainfield is the 45th largest community in Illinois. Plainfield has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Plainfield, where the median household income is $111,536.00.

Plainfield home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Plainfield real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Plainfield is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 86.54% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plainfield is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainfield who work in management occupations (14.52%), sales jobs (14.18%), and office and administrative support (12.36%).

Also of interest is that Plainfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Plainfield is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Plainfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Plainfield perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Plainfield is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Plainfield, the average commute to work is 35.68 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Plainfield is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.83% of adults in Plainfield have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Plainfield in 2010 was $36,007, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $144,028 for a family of four.

Plainfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Plainfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Plainfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Plainfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.51% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Plainfield include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Plainfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.