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Plainfield, Vermont

Plainfield, Vermont
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Location in Washington County and the state of Vermont
Plainfield, Vermont is located in USA
Plainfield, Vermont
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Vermont
County Washington
 • Total 21.1 sq mi (54.5 km2)
 • Land 21.0 sq mi (54.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,096 ft (334 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,243
 • Density 59/sq mi (23/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 05667
Area code(s) 802
FIPS code 50-55825[1]
GNIS feature ID 1462175[2]
Website .us.plainfieldvtwww

Plainfield is a town in Washington County, Vermont, United States. The population was 1,243 at the 2010 census.[3] The town is the location of Goddard College.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Culture 3
  • Notable people 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Plainfield is located at .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.0 square miles (54.5 km2), of which 21.0 square miles (54.4 km2) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km2) (0.19%) is water.

Plainfield, the primary village, is located in the northern corner of the town along the Winooski River and U.S. Route 2. Goddard College is located just west of the village. The ground rises to the east in the town, culminating at 3,030-foot-high (920 m) Spruce Mountain within Groton State Forest.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,286 people, 487 households, and 317 families residing in the town. The population density was 61.2 people per square mile (23.6/km2). There were 520 housing units at an average density of 24.8 per square mile (9.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 96.42% White, 0.78% African American, 0.86% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.40% of the population.

There were 487 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.9% were couples living together and joined in either marriage or civil union, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 25.7% 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 2.42 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 12.9% from 18 to 24, 28.8% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $42,813. Males had a median income of $30,789 versus $29,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,980. About 7.6% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.


Although Plainfield is similar to many other rural New England towns by the numbers (size, population, etc.) it has a distinct flair which sets it apart from most surrounding communities. Goddard College attracts a liberal, educated population that at one time made up a significant portion of the townspeople. Goddard alumni include Mumia Abu-Jamal, members of the band Phish, David Mamet, Piers Anthony, Mary Edwards, onetime State Historian H. Allen Soule Jr., and abstract artists including Robert M. Fisher and James Gahagan. Plainfield was home to noted composer and builder of the first American village style gamelan, Dennis Murphy.

The town currently has two restaurants; one located in the village center with New York-style pizza, and the other a cafe on US Route 2. The village also has a community food co-op open to non-members and featuring local products, The Blinking Light Gallery an artists cooperative art gallery, a used bookstore, and a community maintained flower garden, all within several hundred feet of each other. The town has a unique public library, the Cutler Memorial Library, located at 151 High Street (Route 2).

Plainfield's atmosphere is distinct from popular tourist destinations in Vermont such as Stowe, and Woodstock in that its commercial activity is generated primarily by local residents. There are a number of active local groups such as the Plainfield Historical Society and the Plainfield Area Community Association, which sponsor community activities, like the annual Old Home Days.

Plainfield, like a number of Vermont towns, retains the influence of the Vermont Public Radio - and thus earned an Ice Cream Social from Ben and Jerry's. The radio station housed at Goddard College - WGDR - continues to serve as a community voice and link for area residents.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Plainfield town, Washington County, Vermont". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Vermont History Explorer". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
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  8. ^ Nadel, Ira Bruce. David Mamet: a life in the theater. Palgrave MacMillan. p. 34.
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External links

  • Town of Plainfield official website
  • Plainfield Area Community Association
  • Plainfield Historical Society
  • Cutler Memorial Library
  • Goddard College
  • Farms in Plainfield VT
  • Plainfield Friends Meeting
  • The Comstock House Bed & Breakfast
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