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Plainview, Nebraska
Plainview Klown Doll Museum
Plainview Klown Doll Museum
Location of Plainview, Nebraska
Location of Plainview, Nebraska
Country United States
State Nebraska
County Pierce
 • Total 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Land 1.08 sq mi (2.80 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,683 ft (513 m)
 • Total 1,246
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,101.66/sq mi (425.26/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 402
FIPS code 31-39170
GNIS feature ID 0832141

Plainview is a city in Pierce County, Nebraska, United States. It is part of the Norfolk, Nebraska Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,246 at the 2010 census.


Plainview was platted in 1880 when the railroad was extended to that point. It took its name after Plainview, Minnesota, and from the scenic landscapes of the surrounding plains.


Plainview is located at 42°21′10″N 97°47′14″W / 42.35278°N 97.78722°W / 42.35278; -97.78722 (42.352729, -97.787239).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land.

Points of interest

Plainview promotes itself as the "Klown Kapital" of the world, boasting a Klown Festival every June and a Klown Doll Museum with more than 4,500 pieces on display.

Plainview has three structures on the National Register of Historic Places: the Foy George Memorial Band Shell; the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad depot, now serving as the Plainview Historical Museum; and the Carnegie library, still in use as such. The site of Plainview's first sod house is on city land; the city also has two Sears Catalog homes.

The Plainview News is the city's only newspaper.

Plainview is served by an independent telephone company, and has state-of-the-art fiber optics throughout the city. Plainview holds the distinction of being the first city in Nebraska with fiber-optic lines to every resident and business.

The City Council is a four-person council with a Mayor position. Council members serve four-year terms, with a rotating schedule of term limits. The Mayor also recently appointed a City Administrator.

Plainview was used as the fictional "Hawthorne" where much of the 2013 film Nebraska takes place.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 375
1900 603 60.8%
1910 941 56.1%
1920 1,199 27.4%
1930 1,216 1.4%
1940 1,411 16.0%
1950 1,427 1.1%
1960 1,467 2.8%
1970 1,494 1.8%
1980 1,483 −0.7%
1990 1,333 −10.1%
2000 1,353 1.5%
2010 1,246 −7.9%
2019 (est.) 1,192 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 1,246 people in 562 households, including 334 families, in the city. The population density was 1,153.7 inhabitants per square mile (445.4/km2). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 607.4 per square mile (234.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 1.3%.

Of the 562 households 24.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.6% were non-families. 36.7% of households were one person and 19.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.79.

The median age was 46.7 years. 21.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.2% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 25.4% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

Notable people

  • Vern Hoscheit, minor league baseball player and major league coach
  • Arthur L. Miller, U.S. Representative from Nebraska
  • Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator from Nebraska
  • Del Shankel, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Kansas
  • Bob Warren, television announcer (The Lawrence Welk Show)

See also

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