South Plainfield, New Jersey

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
Borough
Borough of South Plainfield
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.
Coordinates: 40°34′28″N 74°24′53″W / 40.574413°N 74.4148°W / 40.574413; -74.4148Coordinates: 40°34′28″N 74°24′53″W / 40.574413°N 74.4148°W / 40.574413; -74.4148[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Middlesex
Incorporated April 6, 1926
Government[6]
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Matthew P. Anesh (term ends December 31, 2014)[3]
 • Administrator Glenn Cullen[4]
 • Clerk Amy Antonides[5]
Area[2]
 • 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[2]
Elevation[7] 82 ft (25 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 23,385
 • Estimate (2012[11]) 23,669
 • Rank 106th of 566 in state
12th of 25 in county[12]
 • Density 2,808.5/sq mi (1,084.4/km2)
 • Density rank 225th of 566 in state
17th of 25 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07080[13][14]
Area code(s) 732 and 908[15]
FIPS code 3402369390[16][2][17]
GNIS feature ID 0885402[18][2]
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,[8][9][10] 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.[19]

South Plainfield was incorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 10, 1926, from portions of Piscataway Township, based on the results of a referendum passed on April 6, 1926.[20]

Geography[edit]

South Plainfield is located at 40°34′28″N 74°24′53″W / 40.574413°N 74.4148°W / 40.574413; -74.4148 (40.574413,-74.4148). According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 8.361 square miles (21.653 km2), of which, 8.327 square miles (21.566 km2) of it is land and 0.034 square miles (0.087 km2) of it (0.40%) is water.[2][1]

The borough is bordered by Piscataway Township on the south and west, Edison Township on the east, and Plainfield on the north.

Demographics[edit]

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. 2012 23,669 [11] 1.2%
Population sources:1930[21]
1930-1990[22] 2000[23][24] 2010[8][9][10]

Census 2010[edit]

At the 2010 United States Census, 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. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 13.24% (3,097) of the population.[8]

There were 7,876 households, 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.[8]

In the borough, 23.0% of the population were 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 age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.[8]

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.[25]

Census 2000[edit]

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] 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.[23][24]

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.[23][24]

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.[23][24]

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.[23][24]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

South Plainfield is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes in case of a tie on the council. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.[6]

As of 2013, the Mayor of South Plainfield is Republican Matthew P. Anesh, whose term of office ends December 31, 2014.[26] Members of the South Plainfield Borough Council are Council President Raymond Rusnak (R, 2013), Alex Barletta (R, 2014), Robert Bengivenga, Jr. (R, 2015), Christopher J. "C.J." Diana (D, 2015), Timothy McConville (R, 2013) and Derryck C. White (R, 2014).[27][28][29]

Federal, state and county representation[edit]

South Plainfield is located in the 6th Congressional District[30] and is part of New Jersey's 18th state legislative district.[9][31][32] Prior to the 2010 Census, South Plainfield had been part of the 7th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.[33]

New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch).[34] 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)[35][36] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus).[37][38]

For the 2014-15 Session, the 18th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Peter J. Barnes III (D, Edison) and in the General Assembly by Patrick J. Diegnan (D, South Plainfield) and Nancy Pinkin (D, East Brunswick).[39][40] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[41] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[42]

Middlesex County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders, whose seven members are elected at-large to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting held in January, the board selects from among its members a Freeholder Director and Deputy Director. As of 2014, Middlesex County's Freeholders (with committee chairmanship, party affiliation, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios (Ex-officio on all committees - D, term ends December 31, 2015; Carteret),[43] Freeholder Deputy Director Carol Barrett Bellante (County Administration - D, 2014; Monmouth Junction, South Brunswick Township),[44] Kenneth Armwood (Business Development and Education - D, 2016; Piscataway),[45] Charles Kenny (Finance - D, 2016; Woodbridge Township),[46] H. James Polos (Public Safety and Health - D, 2015; Highland Park),[47] Charles E. Tomaro (Infrastructure Management - D, 2014; Edison)[48] and Blanquita B. Valenti (Community Services - D, 2016; New Brunswick).[49][50][51][52][53] Constitutional officers are County Clerk Elaine M. Flynn (D; Old Bridge Township),[54] Sheriff Mildred S. Scott (D, 2016; Piscataway)[55] and Surrogate Kevin J. Hoagland (D, 2017; New Brunswick).[50][56]

Politics[edit]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 14,119 registered voters in South Plainfield, of which 4,368 (30.9%) were registered as Democrats, 2,235 (15.8%) were registered as Republicans and 7,511 (53.2%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 5 voters registered to other parties.[57]

In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 53.4% of the vote here (5,723 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 44.7% (4,797 votes) and other candidates with 1.0% (110 votes), among the 10,720 ballots cast by the borough's 14,454 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.2%.[58] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 49.9% of the vote here (4,893 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 49.0% (4,808 votes) and other candidates with 0.5% (67 votes), among the 9,803 ballots cast by the borough's 13,191 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 74.3.[59]

In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 51.6% of the vote here (3,616 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 39.0% (2,736 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 7.6% (534 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (55 votes), among the 7,010 ballots cast by the borough's 14,053 registered voters, yielding a 49.9% turnout.[60]

Education[edit]

The South Plainfield Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics).[61] are Roosevelt Preschool (PreK; 53 students) for PreK, four elementary schools — Franklin Elementary School[62] (grades K-4; 317 students), John F. Kennedy Elementary School[63] (K-4; 276), John E. Riley Elementary School[64] (K-4; 334) and Roosevelt Elementary School[65] (PreK-4; 400) — Grant School[66] (5-6; 542), South Plainfield Middle School[67] (7-8; 581) and South Plainfield High School[68] (9-12; 1,192).[69]

Holy Savior Academy (PreK-8) operates under the supervision of Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen.[70]

Al-Minhaal Academy is a private Islamic School.

Transportation[edit]

The borough had a total of 108.02 miles (173.84 km) of roadways, of which 96.48 miles (155.27 km) are 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.[71]

Interstate 287 passes through in the southern area of the borough for almost 2 miles (3.2 km), including exits 4 and 5.[72] 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,[73] CR 529 (Stelton Road) along the southwestern border with Piscataway[74] and CR 531 (Park Avenue) along the east side of the borough, from Edison Township to the south to Plainfield to the north.[75]

New Jersey 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.[76]

Police department[edit]

The South Plainfield Police Department is issued FCC call sign WNWN473 for use on 453.32500 MHz and 458.32500 MHz for public safety use.

In early to late 2010, South Plainfield Police Department joined the Middlesex County Emergency Services Band, a talkgroup intended to enhance interoperability between emergency services within Middlesex County. Both the Fire Department and EMS are included as well. Fire operates with an analog signal within the talk-group and EMS on a digital frequency that uses a PROVOICE signal not heard on many general scanners. The police radio frequency is currently 100% encrypted and unable to be heard by the general public. EMS, fire and Borough-wide are not encrypted and can be heard with proper scanner software. Both EMS and fire dispatch can be heard from the old conventional bands. The discussions and conversations to one another are usually not heard from those frequencies, but only on the talk-groups.[77]

Notable people[edit]

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with South Plainfield include:

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