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Plainview Texas
Hale County Plainview.svg
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Hale
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 13.8 sq mi (35.7 km2)
 • Land 13.8 sq mi (35.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
3,366 ft (1,026 m)
 • Total 22,194
 • Density 1,621.0/sq mi (621.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-57980
GNIS feature ID 1365375

Plainview is a city in and the county seat of Hale County, Texas, United States. The population was 22,194 at the 2010 census.


Plainview is located at 34°11′28″N 101°43′8″W / 34.19111°N 101.71889°W / 34.19111; -101.71889 (34.191204, -101.718806) and is located on the Llano Estacado.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.8 square miles (36 km2), all land.


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


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 2,829
1920 3,989 41.0%
1930 8,834 121.5%
1940 8,263 −6.5%
1950 14,044 70.0%
1960 18,735 33.4%
1970 19,096 1.9%
1980 22,187 16.2%
1990 21,700 −2.2%
2000 22,336 2.9%
2010 22,194 −0.6%
Est. 2015 20,919 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,336 people, 7,626 households, and 5,666 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,621.0 inhabitants per square mile (625.9/km2). There were 8,471 housing units at an average density of 614.8/sq mi (237.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 63.21% White, 5.87% African American, 1.13% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 26.53% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 49.83% of the population.

There were 7,626 households out of which 40.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.7% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size is 4.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 18.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 91.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,551, and the median income for a family was $35,215. Males had a median income of $26,434 versus $19,888 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,791. About 15.0% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.1% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.

In media

The 1992 Steve Martin film Leap of Faith was partially filmed on location in Plainview. Until 2016, the downtown water tower bore the name and mascot of the fictional town in which the movie is set: The Rustwater Bengals. The Quick Lunch Diner, where several scenes were filmed, is now closed, and the site is now home to the Broadway Brew.

In the eighteenth episode of the second season of Vice Plainview was featured as a ghost town in a feature called "Deliver Us from Drought".

National Register of Historic Places

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