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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.

Local Government

Plainfield is governed by a mayor and a seven-member City Council, all of whom serve four-year terms in office.

The Mayor of the City of Plainfield is Adrian O. Mapp (D), whose first four-year term of office started on January 1, 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 Union, Middlesex County and Monmouth County, is represented in the House by Bonnie Watson Coleman (D). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark) 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 Linda S. Carter (D, Plainfield) and James J. Kennedy (D, Rahway). The Governor of New Jersey is Phil Murphy (D).


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.

Arts & Culture


The Artistry of Alonzo Adams
1449 E. 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ 07062
(908) 757-7712

Adams' community mentoring activities include inspirational talks with young people to assist emerging artist in finding their own artistic voices and reach potential collectors.

Cedar Brook Park and
Shakespeare Garden

Pemberton Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 527-4900

Call to make picnic and ball field reservations or to obtain information on amenities and programs throughout the County's 5600-acre parks.

Crescent Concerts
716 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-2468

These concerts feature a number of primarily classical themes. The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church is handicapped accessible and large type programs are available.

Drake House Museum
602 W. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 755-5831

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.

duCret School of Art
1030 Central Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-7171

Classes are for children and adults. duCret serves as an area educational institution for students pursuing a career in the arts.

Houses of Worship and
Religious Organizations
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**)
Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission
515 Watchung Ave.
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3580
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.

Plainfield Public Library
800 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-1111

Presents concerts, lectures, programs and exhibits throughout the year. The fine arts collection features prominent local and international artists.

Swain Galleries
703 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-1707

Some products and services include: cleaning and restoration, conservation and restoration, fine art, and frame repair. The gallery features many rooms filled with a wide variety of original artwork.

The Plainfield Symphony
PO Box 5093
Plainfield, NJ 07061
(908) 561-5140

Performs throughout the year. Concerts are held at the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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Gateway Regional
Chamber of Commerce

135 Jefferson Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 352-0900

Provides services such as networking events, advocacy, discounted business services, seminars, trade shows, and promotional opportunities.

The Incubator
320 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 757-5155

Affiliate of the Small Business Development Center located in Newark. Resource for businesses starting out in Plainfield.

Plainfield Chamber
of Commerce

320 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07062
(908) 757-5155

Businesses in the City of Plainfield share a strong and renewed vision that emboldens a partnership with local government.

Plainfield Square Merchants (Dairy Queen)
1367 South Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Member businesses are located on South Avenue in Plainfield.

Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Raritan Valley College
14 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 526-1200 x8449

Provides counseling services for small business.

Small Business Development Center for Union County
301 Morris Avenue (Willis Hall)
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 737-4220

Resource for business information on the Kean University Campus.

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Important Documents


Barack Obama Green Charter High School
35 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(877) 643-4064
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 737-5326
Heirs of Promise Christian School
147 North Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 755-2626
New Horizons College Club
PO Box 2722
Plainfield, NJ 07062
(908) 754-2721
Koinonia Academy
1040 Plainfield Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 668-9002
Queen City Academy Charter School
815 W. 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07063
(908) 753-4700
Plainfield Board of Education
1200 Myrtle Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 731-4331
Union County College
1033 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
(908) 709-7550
Star Bright Christian Learning
145 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-7927
Union County Vocational & Technical School
1776 Raritan Rd.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 889-8288
CAPS Central Emerson Campus
365 Emerson Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07062
(908) 625-1879



Job listings for the Central New Jersey area.
Coworx Personnel
409 Watchung Ave
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 754-5474
Job recruitment and placement.

Department of Labor and Workforce Development - Career Services

A weekly listing of jobs in Union County, NJ from the Center of Economic and Workforce Development and UCC.
You can search federal jobs here, and create and store resumes for jobs.
People Ready, Inc.
205 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-6188
A temp service provides labor for various industry and retail companies.
Provides job vacancies for civil service jobs in New Jersey
Access to newspapers like the Star Ledger, provides local classifieds.
One Stop Career Center
(Unemployment Office)
200 West 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 412-7980
Assistance in job searching, counseling, computer access, referrals.
Venture & Venture
525 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 561-9600
A human skills training center and management consulting firm whose corporate office is in New Brunswick, New Jersey and also has a training center in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Career Services
Help in finding jobs in many areas, career advice, labor market information, programs and services.


Important Documents

Government Representatives


Adrian O. Mapp

515 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3310

Plainfield City Council
c/o Plainfield City Clerk's Office
515 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3222


Joanne Rajoppi
Union County Clerk

2 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 527-4787

Union County Board of County Commissioners
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
6th Floor
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 527-4100


Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter
District 22

200 West 2nd Street
Suite 102
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 561-5547

Assemblyman James J. Kennedy
District 22

1445 Main Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 827-5916

Senator Nicholas P. Scutari
District 22

1514 E. Saint Georges Avenue
2nd Floor
Linden, NJ 07036
(908) 587-0404

Phil Murphy, Governor
P.O. Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-6000


Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman
12th District

50 Washington Rd.
West Windsor, NJ 08550
(609) 750-9365



Senator Cory Booker
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3224

Senator Robert Menendez
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4744

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Important Documents


Families and Community Together (FACT)
1170 Route 22 West
Mountainside, NJ 07092
(908) 789-8500
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.
HealthyNJ (UMDNJ) contains information on health topics, diseases, statistics, and online reference.
1005 North Washington Avenue
Green Brook, NJ 08812
(732) 968-8900
Walk in Clinic
Neighborhood Health Center - Plainfield
1700 Myrtle Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07063
(908) 753-6401
The Neighborhood Health Services Corporation (formerly Plainfield Health Center) offers a variety of healthcare programs for individuals and families.
New Jersey Affordable Care Act 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. 
Plainfield Division of Health
510 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3092
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
(908) 755-0003
Provides Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of Plainfield and the surrounding areas.
Scotch Plains Medical Center - Urgent Care
1814 E. 2nd Street
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 322-6611

Urgent Care, Primary Care, Family Practice, Board Certified Physicians and Staff.

No Appointment Necessary. Monday through Friday 9A-9P, Weekend 9A-7

United Family & Children's Society
305 West 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 755-4848
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.
Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey
175 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
1-800-WE VISIT (1-800-932-4142)
Quality community and home care services by competent, caring people and consistently strives to meet the needs of the community.
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Consumer Information

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
P.O. Box 2900
Clinton, IA 52733-2900
(855) 411-2372
Obtain information about federal consumer protection laws and submit a formal complaint regarding federal consumer financial products and services such as mortgages and credit cards.
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580
(202) 326-2222
(877) 382-4357 (Toll-free helpline)
The FTC, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.
Legal Services of New Jersey
PO Box 1357
Edison, NJ 08818
Provides free legal assistance in civil matters to people who cannot afford the cost of legal representation.

New Jersey Board of Public Utilities Division of Consumer Assistance
(800) 624-0241 (Toll Free Number for Utility Complaints)

The Division of Customer Assistance helps utility customers resolve various types of problems with their utility company.
New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance
P.O. Box 471
Trenton, NJ 08625-0471
(609) 292-7272
(800) 446-7467 (Consumer Hotline)
File complaints or submit inquiries into banking, insurance or real estate related problems.
New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs
124 Halsey Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 504-6200 (Consumer Hotline)
(800) 242-5846 (toll free, NJ only)
File complaints, licensee search, licensing boards, information on housing, doctors, cars, where to get a free credit report.
Provides statutes about consumer fraud, and the Consumer Protection Leasing Act.
New Jersey consumer's guide to the lemon law.
Plainfield Action Services
510 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3519
Local arm of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
Union County Consumer Affairs
300 North Avenue East
PO Box 186
Westfield, NJ 07091
(908) 654-9840
Protects the public from fraud, deceit and misrepresentation in the sale of goods and services.
US Department of Treasury Comptroller of the Currency Administrator of National Banks
(800) 613-6743
File a complaint against a bank or financial institution.

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Social Services

Alcoholics Anonymous Intergroup of Northern NJ
2400 Morris Avenue
Suite 106
Union, NJ 07083
(908) 687-8566
(800) 245-1377
Alcoholics Anonymous is a group who shares its experience, strength and hope that members may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
510 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3082
Alertop provides outpatient counseling for clients who abuse alcohol or drugs. Interviews are confidential. Individual, group, family and marital counseling is available.
Arc of Union County
52 Fadem Road
Springfield, NJ 07081
(973) 315-0000
The Arc of Union County advances the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and provides meaningful choices and options for clients.
Boys and Girls Club of Union County
530-534 W. 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 822-8672
Provides programs and services that produce positive and lasting results for children.
A listing of churches and religious centers in Plainfield.
El Centro Hispano Americano
525 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-8730
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)
1170 Route 22 West
Mountainside, NJ 07092
(908) 789-8500
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
(908) 753-3512
Information on senior meals programs.
Monroe Avenue Family Development Corporation
324 Monroe Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07063
(908) 561-5187

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. NJHelps is a free and easy guide for you to determine what programs and assistance for which you and your family may be eligible.
Features a city directory and municipal information.
Plainfield Center for Stronger Families - Family Success Center
504 Madison Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 731-4272 x5235
The Center's goal is to empower families, professionals and other individuals interested in the well being and educational rights of children.
Plainfield Shut-In Council
Contact: Jane Freeman, President
(908) 753-3097
Provides assistance to home-bound members of the community.
Plainfield WIC Program
510 Watchung Avenue
1st Floor
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-3397
WIC provides various services, including: breastfeeding education and support, referrals for free or reduced cost health care, immunization screening and referrals.
SAGE Eldercare
290 Broad Street
Summit, NJ 07901
(908) 273-5550

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.

Union County Department of Human Services
Union County Administrative Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 527-4808
Union County Service that includes departments on aging, drug abuse, mental health services, and the office for the disabled
Union County Division of
Social Services - Plainfield

200 W. 2nd Street
Plainfield, NJ 07063
(908) 791-7000
Provides access to food stamps for Plainfield residents.
United Family and
Children's Society

305 West Seventh Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 755-4848
Professional counseling is offered to help individuals, children, couples and families cope better with a variety of problems.
United Way of Greater Union County
33 W. Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
(908) 353-7171
Provides access to multiple help agencies throughout Union County, NJ


Faith Bricks & Mortar, Inc.
164 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-5774
This community service provides counseling in homebuyer education, money and debt management, mortgage delinquency and default resolution, and also counseling both before and after home purchasing.
Fish Hospitality Program
456 New Market Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
(732) 968-5957
The FISH Hospitality Program is a shelter program, which serves homeless women and families by providing shelter and basic needs while assisting them to return to independent living in the community.
Morris Habitat for Humanity
2 Randolph Road
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 769-5292
Greater Plainfield Habitat for Humanity has been aquired by Morris Habitat for Humanity. It is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry building affordable homes for low-income families in the Plainfield, NJ area
HomeFirst Interfaith Housing
& Family Services

905 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 753-4002
This is a non-profit organization, which provides emergency shelter, transitional and affordable housing, education and other supportive services.
Plainfield Housing Authority
510 East Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 769-6335
A source for home-related issues, whether you're looking to buy a home, refinance, or just remodel.
Plainfield YMCA
Emergency Services

518 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 756-6060 x103
Emergency services are provided for homeless individuals, families or victims of domestic violence.
The Salvation Army
615 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
(908) 355-9622
All Salvation Army facilities in New Jersey and the Army's Service Extension Program are able to provide assistance for basic needs

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