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Encyclopedia > Plainfield, Indiana
Town of Plainfield, Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Location in the state of Indiana
Coordinates: 39°41′51″N 86°23′5″W / 39.6975, -86.38472
County Hendricks
Incorparated 1839
Government
 - Town Manager Rich Carlucci (R)
Area
 - City  18.1 sq mi (18.1 km²)
 - Land  18.0 sq mi (18.0 km²)
 - Water  0.1 sq mi (0.1 km²)
Elevation  715 ft (218 m)
Population (2005)
 - City 23,532
 - Density 1,023/sq mi (Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character ","/km²)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Website: [1]

Plainfield is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 18,396 at the 2000 census. Its 2005 population, according to the Indiana demographic annual update, was 23,532. Plainfield is home to Metropolis, the largest mall on the west side of Indianapolis. The Plainfield School System is the only school system in the state to have all of its public schools receive 4 stars for two years in a row. Extensive renovation of State Road 267 is underway in preparation for a 100+ million dollar High School. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 384 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (512 × 800 pixel, file size: 34 KB, MIME type: image/png) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... List of Indiana counties: Adams County Allen County Bartholomew County Benton County Blackford County Boone County Brown County Carroll County Cass County Clark County Clay County Clinton County Crawford County Daviess County Dearborn County Decatur County DeKalb County Delaware County Dubois County Elkhart County Fayette County Floyd County Fountain County... Hendricks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Council-manager government - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... To help compare different orders of magnitude and geographical regions, we list here areas between 100 km² and 1000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... A time zone is a region of the Earth that has adopted the same standard time, usually referred to as the local time. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Though DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... Eastern Daylight Time or EDT is equal to: In North America, Eastern Standard Time + 1, or UTC − 4 hours. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Hendricks County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... State Road 267 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a 30 mile north-south route connecting Interstate 65 in Boone Co. ...

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Geography

Plainfield is located at 39°41′51″N, 86°23′5″W (39.697471, -86.384672)GR1.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 46.7 km² (18.0 mi²). 46.6 km² (18.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.1 mi²) of it (0.28%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Downtown Plainfield, IN

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Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 18,396 people, 7,051 households, and 4,914 families residing in the town. The population density was 395.0/km² (1,023.1/mi²). There were 7,449 housing units at an average density of 160.0/km² (414.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.11% White, 2.23% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population. Est. population in July 2002: 20,719 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 7,051 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.3% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 101.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.0 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $46,782, and the median income for a family was $57,790. Males had a median income of $39,148 versus $29,315 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,083. About 3.6% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


History

In 1822 a tract of land which included the area now known as Plainfield was obtained by Jeremiah Hadley of Preble County, Ohio. Ten years later he sold it to his son, Elias Hadley. Levi Jessup and Elias Hadley laid out the town in 1839. Plainfield became incorporated as a town in 1839.


The town got its name from the early Friends (Quakers) who settled around the area and established several meetinghouses throughout the county, including the important Western Yearly Meeting of Friends in Plainfield. The Friends were "plain" people, and thus the name Plainfield. The high school continues to honor the Quakers, using the name for the school's mascot.

The site of the Van Buren Elm
The site of the Van Buren Elm

Plainfield has long been associated with the national road, U.S. Route 40, which goes through town as "Main Street." One incident which brought Plainfield national attention occurred in 1842 when President Martin Van Buren was spilled purposefully from his stage coach into the thick mud of the highway. The practical joke came as a result of Van Buren's vetoing a bill from Congress to improve the highway, a move which angered Western settlers. When Van Buren came through Plainfield on a swing to shore up his popularity for the 1844 election, a group of perpetrators set up the incident. The elm tree whose roots caused the president's carriage to topple became known as the Van Buren Elm. An elementary school near this site is named Van Buren Elementary School. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 450 KB, MIME type: image/png) Taken by myself 2-10-07 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (1024 × 768 pixel, file size: 450 KB, MIME type: image/png) Taken by myself 2-10-07 I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... U.S. Route 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862), nicknamed Old Kinderhook, was the 8th President of the United States from 1837 to 1841. ...


Education

Public School System

Plainfield's public education system is run by the Plainfield Commmunity School Corporation. The schools under this body include:

Currently a new high school is being built and is sheduled to open in August 2008 - construction updates.


Official Plainfield Schools Website


Private School Systems

Private schools in Plainfield include:

  • Plainfield Christian School, which is run by Calvary Bible Weslyan Church of Plainfield, offers classes from kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • Saint Susanna Catholic School, which is run by St. Susanna Catholic Church of Plainfield, offers classes from kindergarten to 8th grade.

Transport

Air Travel

Indianapolis International Airport, less than 9 miles from Plainfield, serves Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Indianapolis International is the home to the 2nd largest FedEx hub in the country and is also home to a Northwest Airlines hub. Indianapolis Airport Authority is building a new midfield terminal, which will have 2 large concourses, a new air traffic control tower (already complete), new parking garages and airfield and apron improvements. These projects will further facilitate access to Plainfield via Stafford Road. Construction is due to be completed by late 2008. Midfield Terminal Project Midfield Terminal Rendering Indianapolis International Airport (IATA: IND, ICAO: KIND) is an airport located in Indianapolis, Indiana. ... FedEx (NYSE: FDX), properly FedEx Corporation, is a courier company offering overnight courier, ground, heavy freight, document copying and logistics services. ... Northwest Airlines (NYSE: NWA), occasionally known as NWA, is an American airline headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota near Minneapolis-St. ...


Highways

Interstate I-70 serves Plainfield with two exits. One exit enters Plainfield via Six Points Road and the soon-to-be-completed Ronald Reagan Parkway, which will act as a connector between Interstates I-70 and I-74. The other flows traffic into State Road 267, known as Quaker Boulevard in Plainfield. S.R. 267 forms a junction with US 40 in Plainfield and separates to continue north towards Avon and Brownsburg. US 40 is known as Main Street in Plainfield and is the old National Road, which ran from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois. I-70 looking westbound near Mile 326, Wabaunsee County, Kansas Interstate 70 is a long interstate highway in the United States. ... I-70 looking westbound near Mile 326, Wabaunsee County, Kansas Interstate 70 is a long interstate highway in the United States. ... Interstate 74 is an interstate highway in the midwestern United States. ... State Road 267 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a 30 mile north-south route connecting Interstate 65 in Boone Co. ... State Road 267 in the U.S. State of Indiana is a 30 mile north-south route connecting Interstate 65 in Boone Co. ... United States Highway 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... Avon is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. ... Brownsburg is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. ... United States Highway 40 is an east-west United States highway. ... Portal:Cumberland, Maryland Top * Places * Culture * Media * Companies * Education * History * People * Religion * Sports * Trans* Tourism For other places with the same name, see Cumberland (disambiguation). ... Madonna of the Trail statue in front of the Vandalia State House. ...


Other facts

  • Metropolis, an outdoor shopping mall, opened in Plainfield in October 2005 . It is the largest on the suburban west side of Indianapolis. Continued expansions are planned for the future. Phase II, which will be roughly twice the size of the current mall, is scheduled to begin construction in Spring-Summer 07.
  • Plainfield is the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America.
  • Plainfield is home to a Quaker Yearly Meeting Home, built in 1857.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), based in Plainfield, Indiana, USA, is an umbrella group that describes itself as the largest Muslim organization in North America. ...

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Plainfield is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States.
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Plainfield is the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America.
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