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for the former North Plainfield Township, see Green Brook Township, New Jersey
North Plainfield, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Map of North Plainfield in Somerset County
Coordinates: 40°37′22″N 74°26′9″W / 40.62278°N 74.43583°W / 40.62278; -74.43583Coordinates: 40°37′22″N 74°26′9″W / 40.62278°N 74.43583°W / 40.62278; -74.43583
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
 - Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr
 - Total 2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)
 - Land 2.8 sq mi (7.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 115 ft (35 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 21,103
 Density 7,565.0/sq mi (2,920.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 34-53280[1]
GNIS feature ID 0878862[2]

North Plainfield is a Borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 21.



North Plainfield is located at 40°37′22″N 74°26′09″W / 40.622735°N 74.435784°W / 40.622735; -74.435784 (40.622735, -74.435784).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.2 km2), all of it land.

The town is bordered by Somerville to the north, Green Brook to the southwest, and Plainfield to the south.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1930 9,760
1940 10,586 8.5%
1950 12,766 20.6%
1960 16,993 33.1%
1970 21,796 28.3%
1980 19,108 −12.3%
1990 18,820 −1.5%
2000 21 −99.9%
Est. 2006 21,738 [4] 103,414.3%
Population 1930 - 1990.[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 21,103 people, 7,202 households, and 5,084 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,565.0 people per square mile (2,920.4/km2). There were 7,393 housing units at an average density of 2,650.2/sq mi (1,023.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 63.06% White, 13.38% African American, 0.28% Native American, 5.04% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 13.68% from other races, and 4.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 32.77% of the population.

There were 7,202 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.90 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $55,322, and the median income for a family was $62,875. Males had a median income of $39,662 versus $30,816 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $22,791. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

As of the 2000 census, 5.39% of North Plainfield's residents identified themselves as being of Ecuadorian ancestry, which was the fourth highest of any municipality in New Jersey and the eighth highest percentage of Ecuadorian people in any place in the United States with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[6]


Local government

The Borough of North Plainfield is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government, which provides for a strong-mayor type of government. North Plainfield has executive and legislative branches. The Council members and Mayor are elected at large for staggered terms and each serves for four years. The Municipal Judge is appointed by the Mayor with advice and consent of the Council, and serves for three years. The Mayor runs the Borough on a day to day basis and ensures the enforcement of the legislation passed by the Council.[7]

The Mayor of North Plainfield is Michael Giordano Jr. The members of the North Plainfield Borough Council are Council President Frank "Skip" Stabile, Mary H. Forbes, Robert E. Hitchcock, Lawrence LaRonde, Everitt Merrill, Frank Righetti, and Douglas M. Singleterry.[7]

Federal, state and county representation

North Plainfield is in the Seventh Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 22nd Legislative District.[8]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District, covering portions of Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Somerset County and Union County, is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2010-2011 Legislative Session, the 22nd 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, Fanwood).[9] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[10] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[11]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one or two elected each year. As of 2010, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Jack Ciattarelli (Hillsborough Township, 2012), Freeholder Deputy Director Robert Zaborowski (Franklin Township, 2011), Peter S. Palmer (Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2011),Patricia Walsh (Green Brook Township, 2010) and Patrick Scaglione (Bridgewater Township, 2012).[12]


The North Plainfield School District, serves public school students in Pre-K through Grade 12. The district also houses a comprehensive Adult High School and an Adult Community School which offers educational programs for North Plainfield and neighboring community residents. The current budget is approximately $45 million.

Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[13]) are East End (430 students), West End (511) and Stony Brook (26) for Grades K-4. The three elementary buildings provide K-4 pupils with neighborhood elementary education and modern playground facilities. The University of Chicago mathematics program, an integrated language arts approach to communication skills, portfolio assessment on the kindergarten and first grade levels, and multi-cultural awareness characterize the current curricular thrust[14] Somerset School (546) houses the fifth and sixth grade students. Its program, incorporating interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, encompasses a comprehensive curriculum. Team planning and team teaching are utilized to help build a sense of community and self-respect while preparing for high school study; North Plainfield Middle School serves students in seventh and eighth grades; North Plainfield High School (1,479), fully certified by the New Jersey Department of Education and accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, offers a comprehensive Program of Studies to its current 7-12 enrollment.

Noted residents

Notable current and former residents of North Plainfield include:

  • John DiMaggio (born 1968), actor, voice of Bender on Futurama.[15]
  • David T. Kenney (1866-1922) Vacuum cleaner inventor and manufacturer.
  • Molly Price (born 1966), actress
  • Bill Evans (August 16, 1929 - September 15, 1980) Jazz musician.
  • Laura Hockridge (born 1969), television producer
  • Steve Scmidt (born 1970), senior campaign strategist to the 2008 presidential campaign of Senator John McCain


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Data for North Plainfield borough, United States Census Bureau. Accessed September 1, 2007.
  5. ^ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990, Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.
  6. ^ Ecuadorian Communities, Epodunk. Accessed June 28, 2006.
  7. ^ a b Borough Government, Borough of North Plainfield. Accessed October 20, 2007.
  8. ^ 2008 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government, New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 61. Accessed September 30, 2009.
  9. ^ "Legislative Roster: 2010-2011 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  10. ^ "About the Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  11. ^ "About the Lieutenant Governor". New Jersey. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  12. ^ The Role of County Government: "What Is A Freeholder?", Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed March 1, 2010.
  13. ^ Data for the North Plainfield Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 2, 2008.
  14. ^ North Plainfield School District Profile, accessed April 21, 2006.
  15. ^ John DiMaggio profile, Disney Channel. Accessed October 20, 2007. "A native of North Plainfield, New Jersey, DiMaggio celebrates his birthday September 4 and resides in Los Angeles."

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