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Plains, Kansas
Location within Meade County and Kansas
Location within Meade County and Kansas
KDOT map of Meade County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Meade
Founded 1800s
Platted 1885
Incorporated 1908
Area
 • Total 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Land 1.00 sq mi (2.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,759 ft (841 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 1,037
 • Density 1,037/sq mi (400.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
67869
Area code 620
FIPS code 20-56100
GNIS ID 470587

Plains is a city in Meade County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 1,037. 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%
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.

Education

Plains is a part of USD 483 Southwestern Heights. The district high school, Southwestern Heights, is located between Kismet and Plains. The Southwestern Heights High School mascot is Southwestern Heights Mustangs.

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