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Plains, Kansas
City
Location within Meade County and Kansas
Location within Meade County and Kansas
KDOT map of Meade County (legend)
KDOT map of Meade County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Meade
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,759 ft (841 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,146
 • Estimate (2015) 1,088
 • Density 1,146/sq mi (442.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67869
Area code(s) 620
FIPS code 20-56100
GNIS feature ID 0470587

Plains is a city in Meade County, Kansas, United States. At the 2010 census, the city population was 1,146. It is notable for the width of its main street which is the widest in the United States at 155 feet 5 inches (47.37 m) across.

History

Plains, Kansas (early 1900s)
Plains in early 1900s

Plains was originally called West Plains, and under the latter name was platted in January 1885.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.00 square mile (2.59 km2), all of it land.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Plains has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 62
1910 333
1920 361 8.4%
1930 383 6.1%
1940 619 61.6%
1950 718 16.0%
1960 780 8.6%
1970 857 9.9%
1980 1,044 21.8%
1990 957 −8.3%
2000 1,163 21.5%
2010 1,146 −1.5%
Est. 2015 1,088 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census, there were 1,146 people, 385 households and 310 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,146.0 inhabitants per square mile (442.5/km2). There were 439 housing units at an average density of 439.0 per square mile (169.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.1% White, 0.3% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 8.5% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 36.0% of the population.

There were 385 households of which 42.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 8.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 19.5% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.38.

The median age in the city was 30.9 years. 33.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 21.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.

2000 census

At the 2000 census, there were 1,163 people, 402 households and 303 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,175.8 per square mile (453.6/km²). There were 453 housing units at an average density of 458.0 per square mile (176.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.12% White, 1.29% Native American, 14.27% from other races, and 2.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 26.23% of the population.

There were 402 households of which 43.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 22.1% 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 2.89 and the average family size was 3.41.

34.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.1 males.

The median household income was $39,688 and the median family income was $44,167. Males had a median income of $31,354 compared with $21,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,047. About 11.4% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.3% of those under age 18 and 0.9% of those age 65 or over.

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