North Plainfield, New Jersey

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North Plainfield, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of North Plainfield
Map of North Plainfield in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County on New Jersey.
Map of North Plainfield in Somerset County. Inset: Location of Somerset County on New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of North Plainfield, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of North Plainfield, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°37′17″N 74°26′22″W / 40.621255°N 74.439466°W / 40.621255; -74.439466Coordinates: 40°37′17″N 74°26′22″W / 40.621255°N 74.439466°W / 40.621255; -74.439466[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Somerset
Incorporated June 9, 1885
Government[5]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Michael Giordano, Jr. (term ends December 31, 2015)[3]
 • Administrator David E. Hollod[4]
 • Clerk Richard Phoenix[4]
Area[2]
 • Total 2.807 sq mi (7.270 km2)
 • Land 2.794 sq mi (7.237 km2)
 • Water 0.013 sq mi (0.032 km2)  0.45%
Area rank 352nd of 566 in state
14th of 21 in county[2]
Elevation[6] 72 ft (22 m)
Population (2010 Census)[7][8][9]
 • Total 21,936
 • Estimate (2012[10]) 22,013
 • Rank 117th of 566 in state
6th of 21 in county[11]
 • Density 7,850.0/sq mi (3,030.9/km2)
 • Density rank 48th of 566 in state
1st of 21 in county[11]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07060, 07062, 07063[12][13]
Area code(s) 732 and 908[14]
FIPS code 3403553280[15][2][16]
GNIS feature ID 0885326[17][2]
Website www.northplainfield.org

North Plainfield is a borough in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 21,936,[8][9][18] reflecting an increase of 833 (+3.9%) from the 21,103 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,283 (+12.1%) from the 18,820 counted in the 1990 Census.[19]

North Plainfield Township was created from portions of Warren Township, New Jersey by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature passed on April 2, 1872. The borough of North Plainfield became an independent municipality on June 9, 1885.[20][21]

North Plainfield is home to the Washington Park Historic District.

Geography[edit]

North Plainfield is located at 40°37′17″N 74°26′22″W / 40.621255°N 74.439466°W / 40.621255; -74.439466 (40.621255,-74.439466). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.807 square miles (7.270 km2), of which, 2.794 square miles (7.237 km2) of it is land and 0.013 square miles (0.032 km2) of it (0.45%) is water.[1][2]

The borough is bordered by Watchung to the north, Green Brook Township to the southwest, and Plainfield to the south. North Plainfield is in the northern division of the Raritan Valley along with Green Brook.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 5,009
1910 6,117 22.1%
1920 6,916 13.1%
1930 9,760 41.1%
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 21,103 12.1%
2010 21,936 3.9%
Est. 2012 22,013 [10] 0.4%
Population sources: 1800-1920[22]
1900-1910[23] 1910-1930[24]
1930-1990[25] 2000[18][26] 2010[7][8][9]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,936 people, 7,448 households, and 5,266 families residing in the borough. The population density was 7,850.0 per square mile (3,030.9 /km2). There were 7,848 housing units at an average density of 2,808.5 per square mile (1,084.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 55.01% (12,066) White, 18.85% (4,134) Black or African American, 0.29% (63) Native American, 5.81% (1,275) Asian, 0.05% (12) Pacific Islander, 16.00% (3,510) from other races, and 3.99% (876) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 44.21% (9,699) of the population.[7]

There were 7,448 households, of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.40.[7]

In the borough, 24.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 33.0% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.1 years. For every 100 females there were 100.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.5 males.[7]

The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $67,815 (with a margin of error of +/- $2,878) and the median family income was $70,359 (+/- $5,666). Males had a median income of $42,766 (+/- $2,549) versus $43,057 (+/- $3,208) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $27,529 (+/- $1,466). About 5.3% of families and 7.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.8% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.[27]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[15] 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 per square mile (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.[18][26]

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.[18][26]

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.[18][26]

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.[18][26]

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.[28]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

The Borough of North Plainfield is governed within the Faulkner Act under the Mayor-Council system of municipal government (Plan E), implemented based on the recommendations of a Charter Study Commission as of January 1, 1977.[29] This form provides for a strong-mayor type of government, in which the mayor has executive functions and the legislative branch is the Borough Council. The Councilmembers and Mayor are elected in even years to four-year terms of office in partisan elections on an at-large basis for staggered terms, with four council seats up for election and then the mayor and the other three council seats two years later.[5] The Municipal Judge is appointed by the Mayor with the 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.[4]

As of 2013, the Mayor of North Plainfield is Democrat Michael Giordano, Jr., whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the North Plainfield Borough Council are Council President Douglas Singleterry (D, 2014), Frank "Skip" Stabile (D, 2016), Mary H. Forbes (D, 2014), Lawrence La Ronde (D, 2014), Everett Merrill (D, 2014), Keiona R. Miller (D, 2016) and Frank Righetti (D, 2016).[4][30][31]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

North Plainfield is located in the 7th Congressional District[32] and is part of New Jersey's 22nd state legislative district.[8][33][34]

New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District is represented by Leonard Lance (R, Clinton Township).[35] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)[36][37] and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).[38][39]

For the 2014-2015 Session, the 22nd Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Nicholas Scutari (D, Linden) and in the General Assembly by Jerry Green (D, Plainfield) and Linda Stender (D, Scotch Plains).[40][41] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[42] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[43]

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose members are elected at-large to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members.[44] As of 2013, Somerset County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Peter S. Palmer (R, Bernardsville, term ends December 31, 2014),[45] Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione (R, Bridgewater Township, 2015).[46] Mark Caliguire (R, Skillman in Montgomery Township, 2015),[47] Patricia L. Walsh (R, Green Brook Township, 2013),[48] and Robert Zaborowski (R, Somerset in Franklin Township, 2014),[49][50][51] Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Brett A. Radi (R, Somerville, 2017),[52] Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (R, Raritan, 2013)[53][54] and Surrogate Frank Bruno (R, Branchburg, 2015).[55]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 9,738 registered voters in North Plainfield, of which 3,403 (34.9% vs. 26.0% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,582 (16.2% vs. 25.7%) were registered as Republicans and 4,746 (48.7% vs. 48.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 7 voters registered to other parties.[56] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 44.4% (vs. 60.4% in Somerset County) were registered to vote, including 58.8% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 80.4% countywide).[56][57]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 4,938 votes here (67.5% vs. 52.1% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 2,219 votes (30.3% vs. 46.1%) and other candidates with 84 votes (1.1% vs. 1.1%), among the 7,317 ballots cast by the borough's 9,825 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.5% (vs. 78.7% in Somerset County).[58] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 3,861 votes here (58.5% vs. 47.2% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 2,650 votes (40.2% vs. 51.5%) and other candidates with 60 votes (0.9% vs. 0.9%), among the 6,597 ballots cast by the borough's 8,891 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.2% (vs. 81.7% in the whole county).[59]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,119 ballots cast (50.3% vs. 34.1% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,744 votes (41.4% vs. 55.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 255 votes (6.1% vs. 8.7%) and other candidates with 46 votes (1.1% vs. 0.7%), among the 4,214 ballots cast by the borough's 9,840 registered voters, yielding a 42.8% turnout (vs. 52.5% in the county).[60]

Education[edit]

The North Plainfield School District, serves public school students from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. 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. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[61]) are East End Elementary School[62] (grades PreK-4; 476 students), Stony Brook Elementary School[63] (K-4; 256), West End Elementary School[64] (K-4; 542), Somerset Intermediate School[65] (5&6; 463) and North Plainfield Middle School[66] / North Plainfield High School[67] (7-12; 1,501 in the two facilities combined).[68]

Transportation[edit]

New Jersey Transit rail service is available at the Plainfield station[69] on the Raritan Valley Line to Newark Penn Station, with connecting service to Hoboken Terminal and Penn Station New York.[70] NJ Transit bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan is available on the 114 and 117 routes, to Newark on the 65 and 66 routes, with local service on the 822 and 986 routes.[71]

The borough has a total of 49.77 miles (80.10 km) of roads, of which 39.28 miles (63.22 km) are maintained by the municipality, 7.22 miles (11.62 km) by the county and 3.27 miles (5.26 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.[72] Major roadways in the borough include U.S. Route 22.[73] County Route 531 also passes through.

Noted residents[edit]

Notable current and former residents of North Plainfield include:

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