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As one of the fastest growing suburbs in Chicago, Plainfield is popular with families and commuters looking for quality schools and relatively low taxes compared to the inner ring of suburbs in Cook County or the high-priced areas of DuPage County. Before the 1990s, Plainfield was a small farming community dominated by agriculture, but its relatively close location to growing suburbs like Naperville made it an ideal target for families and commuters looking for affordable housing. The village’s population exploded in the 1990s, with the city’s massive growth continuing into the following decades.
Cost of Living
Although Plainfield is relatively more affordable than neighboring suburbs like Naperville, it has average to above average cost of living due to the housing stock being dominated by relatively new construction. However, due to the relative newness of the supporting infrastructure, taxes remain relatively low. This has attracted a highly professional class to Plainfield, with the average median household income being one of the highest in Illinois, costs tend to be higher than more affordable suburbs like Aurora. Housing costs are one of the main drivers of cost of living in the area.
Like most distant Chicago suburbs, Plainfield does not benefit from public transportation. The village has no Metra train stations. As such, transportation in Plainfield is largely dominated by auto transit, with the village lying directly off I-55, which gives it direct access to Chicago. It is also nearby I-355 and I-80, giving the village access to the northern suburbs and neighboring states like Iowa and Indiana. PACE busses are available within the village, and residents enjoy the distinction of being equidistant (roughly 40 minutes) to both major airports, O’Hare and Midway.
Plainfield is served by Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202, which serves the village and surrounding townships in Will County. The district contains a total of 30 schools, with four high schools, seven middle schools and 17 elementary schools, with two alternative schools and a single preschool. Of the 30 schools, a total of 25 were established after 1990. The majority of the schools in the district received an eight or higher score on GreatSchools, meaning they are largely regarded as quality academic institutions. Although there are no universities in Plainfield, it has access to all the universities located in Will and DuPage county.
Plainfield has numerous natural attractions such as Hummel Park, Sodalis Nature Park, and Washington Township Park. Civic organizations are on display with local private organizations and government organizing Fourth of July Fireworks, Cruise Nights, Farmer’s Markets and more. The village features a bustling restaurant scene with a growing number of entrants and vineyards such as Chateau Thomas Winery. The Plainfield Park features a quality lineup of programming geared towards families, with a comprehensive lineup of sports leagues, classes, and other activities.
Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.