Located in Hendricks County, Plainfield, Indiana is a small town nestled in the Washington, Guilford and liberty townships. The town currently possesses an estimated population of 27,631 and is the 36th largest community in the state. Housing in the area is predominantly made up of single-family homes with only a sprinkling of housing alternatives.
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Plainfield was originally designed by Elias Hadley and Levi Jessup and was officially incorporated in 1839. At this point, a substantial population of Quakers settled in the area and gave it its name due to their identification as "plain" people. The central road, route 40, ensured that the town could maintain growth, and the town became famous for as the location of a practical joke played on President Martin Van Buren. Today, the area is occupied by a diverse population of individuals, and the headquarters of the Islamic Society of North America was established in Plainfield in the 1980s.
The town is home to a respectable number of parks and recreation amenities. The Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic center is an extensive two-story complex with an indoor play area, track, fitness center and three basketball courts. Most importantly, the center features a tropical-themed waterpark completely equipped with play areas, waterslides and sunbathing space. If you are interested in something a little more outdoorsy, the Plainfield trail system offers a number of hiking trails, but most notably offers the Vandalia trail, which covers a stretch of the Historic National Road. The Hummel Park also offers a number of recreational activities including basketball, volleyball and baseball facilities along with several additional trails and an amphitheater. Students attend schools in the Plainfield community School Corporation, and the system is the only in Indiana to receive a four star rating for all its schools for two consecutive years. There are also a number of private schools available. Overall, the beautiful small community of Plainfield offers an ideal family environment.