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Plainview, Texas

Plainview Texas
Location of Plainview, Texas
Location of Plainview, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Hale
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council

Mayor Wendell Dunlap
Charles Starnes
Thressa King
Norma Juarez
Eric Hastey
Lionel Garcia
Larry Williams
Susan Blackerby

leader_title1 = City 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)
Elevation 3,366 ft (1,026 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 22,194
 • Density 1,621.0/sq mi (621.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 79072-79073
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-57980[1]
GNIS feature ID 1365375[2]

Plainview is a city in and the county seat of Hale County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 22,194 at the 2010 census.


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government 3
  • Notable people 4
  • In film 5
  • Education 6
  • Economy 7
  • National Register of Historic Places 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Plainview is located at (34.191204, -101.718806)[4] 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.[5]


As of the census[1] 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.


The Texas Department of Criminal Justice Region V office is located in Plainview.[8] The current Region V headquarters opened in 1996 in a former Bank of America building.[9]

Notable people

  • Billy Carthel, All American baseball player from Sul Ross University. Drafted by the New York Mets and played most of his career in the AAA baseball. Retired from the Montreal Expos as a player/coach.
  • Jim Landtroop, member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 85, then in Plainview (2011-2013); moved to District 88 in 2012 and unseated by fellow Republican Ken King of Canadian
  • Leah Kay Lyle,[13] Miss Texas 1989 and a Top 10 Finalist in the Miss America Pageant. She now lives in the Dallas area.
  • Horse trainer Carl Nafzger, who has won the Kentucky Derby twice, in 1990 with Unbridled and in 2007 with Street Sense, was born in Plainview. He also won the 1990 Breeder's Cup Classic with Unbridled.
  • Lavern Roach, (1925-1950) boxer, who was Ring Magazine's Rookie-of-the-Year in 1947. He died following a fatal blow received in a match on his 25th birthday.
  • O.T. Ryan, (1927-2012), director of the Plainview High School Band from 1964 to 1993. Past president of the Texas Bandmasters Association and UIL Region XVI Executive Secretary of Music. He was named Plainview’s Man of the Year in 1993 and received the Plainview Cultural Council’s Silver Star Award in 2006. In the fall of 1950, Ryan became director of the Plainview Junior High band and assistant to the legendary "Chief" Davidson with the high school band; succeeded Davidson in 1964, and under his directorship the band racked up 29 straight years of Division I honors in University Interscholastic League marching (a string that began under Davidson, had grown to 70 by 2007, and is believed to be a national record). O.T. and his wife, Pat, were honorees in the 2008 Centennial Circle of Honor.[15][16]
  • Phil Stephenson, member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 85 (now Wharton County); 1964 graduate of Plainview High School
  • Pete Laney District Representative 25+ years and Speaker of the House of Texas -10 years

In film

The 1992 Steve Martin film Leap of Faith filmed part of the movie on location. The downtown water tower still bears 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 (TV series) Plainview was featured as a ghost town in a feature called "Deliver Us from Drought".


The City of Plainview is served by the Plainview Independent School District.

Wayland Baptist University is a four-year university with approximately 1100 students at its main campus in Plainview. South Plains College-Plainview Branch

The Llano Estacado Museum is located in Plainview.

The Bulldog is the mascot for the Plainview High School.


On February 11, 2009, the Texas Department of State Health Services ordered the cessation of operations and full recall of all products produced by a Plainview-based peanut processing facility owned by Peanut Corporation of America, following the discovery of "dead rodents, rodent excrement and bird feathers in the plant," and revelations that the plant had operated without state licensure or inspection. The plant had voluntarily suspended operations one day earlier, and was not linked to the salmonella outbreak that had forced the shutdown of other PCA plants.[17][18]

The largest employer was a Cargill beef processing plant, mothballed on February 1, 2013 due to lack of incoming animals from the local area due to the 2010–2012 Southern United States drought. Closure of the plant created a crisis in Plainview as an annual payroll of $15.5 million was lost and many of the 2,300 employees and their families relocated after being laid off.[19]

National Register of Historic Places


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Plainview, Texas
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Region V Director's Office." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on January 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "REGION FIVE PRISON HEADQUARTERS OPENS." Plainview Daily Herald. July 18, 1996. Retrieved on May 6, 2010. "The new headquarters' home is the former Bank of America building which was owned by the..."
  10. ^ Silicon Graphics
  11. ^ Netscape
  12. ^ "Harry Igo: An Inventory of His Papers, 1934-1994 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library". Texas Archival Resources Online. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Texas Sheriff: Reports Warn of ISIS Terrorist Cells Coming Across the Border".  
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  17. ^ Dead rodents, excrement in peanut processor lead to recall, CNN, February 12, 2009
  18. ^ Peanut plant suspends operations 02-10-09, Plainview Daily Herald, February 10, 2009
  19. ^ Manny Fernandez (February 27, 2013). "Drought Takes Its Toll on a Texas Business, a Town and Its Families". The New York Times. Retrieved February 28, 2013. We would have preferred to have not had to idle any beef plant, but we cannot process cattle that do not exist 

External links

  • Plainview Chamber of Commerce
  • Plainview in the Handbook of Texas
  • Plainview First
  • Plainview Daily Herald
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