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Plainview
Plainview's town sign
Plainview's town sign
Location of Plainview, Minnesota
Location of Plainview, Minnesota
Country United States
State Minnesota
County Wabasha
Area
 • Total 2.14 sq mi (5.55 km2)
 • Land 2.14 sq mi (5.55 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,161 ft (354 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,340
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,298
 • Density 1,539.68/sq mi (594.60/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
55964
Area code(s) 507
FIPS code 27-51424
GNIS feature ID 0649536
Website www.plainviewmn.com

Plainview is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,340 at the 2010 census. The author Jon Hassler was raised in Plainview and some of the places in his writing are based on the town.

History

Plainview was platted in 1857. The city was named from its location on a plain at a lofty elevation, where a "plain view" can be had of the surrounding area. A post office has been in operation at Plainview since 1857. Plainview was incorporated in 1875.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.16 square miles (5.59 km2), all of it land.

Minnesota Highway 42, Minnesota Highway 247, and County Highway 4 are three of the main routes in the city.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 637
1880 668 4.9%
1900 1,088
1910 1,175 8.0%
1920 1,370 16.6%
1930 1,233 −10.0%
1940 1,500 21.7%
1950 1,524 1.6%
1960 1,833 20.3%
1970 2,093 14.2%
1980 2,416 15.4%
1990 2,768 14.6%
2000 3,190 15.2%
2010 3,340 4.7%
2019 (est.) 3,298 −1.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,340 people, 1,278 households, and 868 families living in the city. The population density was 1,546.3 inhabitants per square mile (597.0/km2). There were 1,355 housing units at an average density of 627.3 per square mile (242.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population.

There were 1,278 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.13.

The median age in the city was 34.8 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28% were from 25 to 44; 22.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

Notable residents

  • Slim Dunlap, born in Plainview, noted guitarist for The Replacements and other musical outlets.
  • Joseph Ray Watkins, was a citizen and an entrepreneur and founder of Watkins Incorporated.
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