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. There's nothing like the smell of a brand new house, and in Plainfield, you'll find that a large proportion of houses were recently built. New growth in residential real estate is an indication that people are choosing to move to Plainfield, and putting down their money on brand new construction. Plainfield’s real estate is, on average, some of the newest in the nation. Plainfield does seem to be experiencing an influx of affluent people, because the median household income is $111,521.00.

Plainfield real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Plainfield house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Plainfield is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Plainfield is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Plainfield who work in management occupations (13.97%), sales jobs (13.69%), and office and administrative support (12.49%).

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 35.55 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

The citizens of Plainfield are among the most well-educated in the nation: 49.63% of adults in Plainfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Plainfield in 2010 was $37,482, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $149,928 for a family of four.

Plainfield is a very 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 10.04% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Plainfield include Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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