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South Plainfield, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of South Plainfield
Train Q410 in 2005
Train Q410 in 2005
Motto: Vision - Family - Industry
Map of South Plainfield in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Map of South Plainfield in Middlesex County. Inset: Location of Middlesex County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Middlesex
Incorporated April 6, 1926
Area
 • Total 8.361 sq mi (21.653 km2)
 • Land 8.327 sq mi (21.566 km2)
 • Water 0.034 sq mi (0.087 km2)  0.40%
Area rank 228th of 566 in state
12th of 25 in county
Elevation 82 ft (25 m)
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 23,385
 • Estimate (2015) 24,290
 • Rank 106th of 566 in state
12th of 25 in county
 • Density 2,808.5/sq mi (1,084.4/km2)
 • Density rank 225th of 566 in state
17th of 25 in county
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07080
Area code(s) 732 and 908
FIPS code 3402369390
GNIS feature ID 0885402
Website www.southplainfieldnj.com

South Plainfield is a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 23,385, reflecting an increase of 1,575 (+7.2%) from the 21,810 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,321 (+6.4%) from the 20,489 counted in the 1990 Census.

South Plainfield was incorporated by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 12, 1926, from portions of Piscataway Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on April 6, 1926. The borough's name derives from Plainfield, which derived its name from a local estate or from its scenic location.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 8.361 square miles (21.653 km2), including 8.327 square miles (21.566 km2) of land and 0.034 square miles (0.087 km2) of water (0.40%).

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the township include Avon Park, Hadley Airport, Holly Park and Samptown.

The borough is bordered by Piscataway Township on the south and west, Edison Township on the east, both in Middlesex County, and Plainfield on the north and Scotch Plains both in Union County.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 5,047
1940 5,379 6.6%
1950 8,008 48.9%
1960 17,879 123.3%
1970 21,142 18.3%
1980 20,512 −3.0%
1990 20,489 −0.1%
2000 21,810 6.4%
2010 23,385 7.2%
Est. 2015 24,290 3.9%
Population sources:1930
1930-1990 2000 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,385 people, 7,876 households, and 6,175 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,808.5 per square mile (1,084.4/km2). There were 8,093 housing units at an average density of 971.9 per square mile (375.3/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 66.74% (15,607) White, 10.10% (2,361) Black or African American, 0.37% (87) Native American, 14.68% (3,433) Asian, 0.03% (8) Pacific Islander, 4.79% (1,120) from other races, and 3.29% (769) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.24% (3,097) of the population.

There were 7,876 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.6% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.93 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the borough, the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 29.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 92.1 males.

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $92,263 (with a margin of error of +/- $5,066) and the median family income was $98,913 (+/- $4,289). Males had a median income of $61,480 (+/- $7,597) versus $48,639 (+/- $4,924) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $33,495 (+/- $1,546). About 2.7% of families and 4.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Census 2000

As of the 2000 United States Census there were 21,810 people, 7,151 households, and 5,856 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,609.8 people per square mile (1,007.3/km2). There were 7,307 housing units at an average density of 874.3 per square mile (337.5/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.74% White, 8.56% African American, 0.22% Native American, 7.57% Asian, 3.48% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.66% of the population.

There were 7,151 households out of which 37.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.1% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.6 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $67,466, and the median income for a family was $72,745. Males had a median income of $47,465 versus $34,329 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $25,270. About 2.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.7% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Roads and highways

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 108.02 miles (173.84 km) of roadways, of which 96.48 miles (155.27 km) were maintained by the municipality, 9.66 miles (15.55 km) by Middlesex County and 1.88 miles (3.03 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Interstate 287 passes through in the southern area of the borough for almost 2 miles (3.2 km), including exits 4 and 5. The New Jersey Turnpike is accessible in neighboring Edison Township (via I-287).

The major county roads that pass through include CR 501 (New Durham Road) along the southern border with Piscataway Township, CR 529 (Stelton Road) along the southwestern border with Piscataway and CR 531 (Park Avenue) along the east side of the borough, from Edison Township to the south to Plainfield to the north.

Public transportation

NJ Transit provided bus service between the borough and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 114 route, to Newark on the 65 route and local service on the 819 line.


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