Plains, Texas

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Population in 2019: 1,655 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +14.1%
 
Males: 856  (51.7%)
Females: 799  (48.3%)
Median resident age:

40.0 years
Texas median age:

35.1 years

Zip codes: 79355.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $56,103 (it was $32,188 in 2000)
Plains:

$56,103
TX:

$64,034

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $22,654 (it was $14,624 in 2000)

Plains town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $70,518 (it was $36,100 in 2000)
Plains:

$70,518
TX:

$200,400

Mean prices in 2019: all housing units: $81,984; detached houses: $102,654; mobile homes: $21,556

Median gross rent in 2019: $673.

March 2019 cost of living index in Plains: 77.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 13.1%
(0.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 17.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 75.0% for two or more races residents)

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  • Races in Plains, TX (2019)
    • 96275.5%Hispanic
    • 31124.4%White alone
    • 40.3%Asian alone

Races in Plains detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Texas and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Plains, Texas as of December 05, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Plains is 356 to 1.


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Ancestries: American (11.9%), English (4.9%), Italian (3.6%), Irish (1.9%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%), Scottish (1.3%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 0.99 square miles.

Population density: 1,673 people per square mile   (low).

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281 residents are foreign born (21.4% Latin America).

This town:

22.1%
Texas:

17.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $1,615 (1.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $403 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lubbock, TX (60.7 miles , pop. 199,564).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: El Paso, TX (231.0 miles , pop. 563,662).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Dallas, TX (351.4 miles , pop. 1,188,580).

Nearest cities:

Denver City, TX (3.9 miles ),
Seagraves, TX (4.8 miles ),
Wellman, TX (5.0 miles ),
Sundown, TX (5.2 miles ),
Tatum, NM (5.4 miles ),
Loop, TX (5.5 miles ),
Whiteface, TX (5.6 miles ),
Brownfield, TX (5.7 miles )

Latitude: 33.19 N, Longitude: 102.83 W

Area code: 806

Distribution of median household income in Plains, TX in 2019
Distribution of house value in Plains, TX in 2019
Plains satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 1 building, cost: $140,000
  • 1998: 1 building, cost: $62,000
  • 1999: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $72,200
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $50,000
  • 2006: 2 buildings, average cost: $159,000
  • 2007: 6 buildings, average cost: $119,000
  • 2008: 2 buildings, average cost: $212,500
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $177,100
  • 2010: 3 buildings, average cost: $175,600
  • 2011: 2 buildings, average cost: $179,400
  • 2012: 2 buildings, average cost: $181,600
  • 2013: 6 buildings, average cost: $192,600
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $212,800
  • 2018: 1 building, cost: $160,000
  • 2019: 1 building, cost: $80,000
Number of permits per 10,000 Plains, TX residents
Average permit cost in Plains, TX
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

12.2%
Texas:

8.0%
Population change in the 1990s: +33 (+2.3%).
Most common industries in Plains, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (26.1%)
  • Public administration (12.1%)
  • Educational services (10.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.7%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (6.2%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.4%)
  • Health care (3.2%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (40.4%)
  • Mining, quarrying, oil & gas extraction (9.2%)
  • Public administration (8.9%)
  • Educational services (5.0%)
  • Truck transportation (4.7%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (4.7%)
  • Construction (3.6%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (19.6%)
  • Public administration (17.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (12.3%)
  • Health care (8.1%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.5%)
  • Social assistance (4.7%)
Most common occupations in Plains, TX (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (12.0%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (11.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.7%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.7%)
  • Cashiers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Farmers and farm managers (19.2%)
  • Agricultural workers, including supervisors (18.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9.2%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (2.8%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (2.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (10.6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.6%)
  • Cashiers (5.1%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4.3%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (4.3%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (3.8%)

Average climate in Plains, Texas

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Plains, Texas environmental map by EPA

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Tornado activity:

Plains-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Texas state average. It is 4% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/17/1970, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.6 miles away from the Plains town center injured 24 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/21/1957, a category F4 tornado 41.6 miles away from the town center injured 7 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Plains-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Texas state average. It is 396% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/14/1995 at 00:32:56, a magnitude 5.7 (5.6 MB, 5.7 MS, 5.7 MW, Depth: 11.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 203.8 miles away from the city center
On 6/16/1978 at 11:46:54, a magnitude 5.3 (4.4 MB, 4.6 UK, 5.3 ML) earthquake occurred 120.0 miles away from the city center
On 1/2/1992 at 11:45:35, a magnitude 5.0 (4.6 MB, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.3 miles away from Plains center
On 3/26/2020 at 15:16:27, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MW, Depth: 5.9 mi) earthquake occurred 124.1 miles away from Plains center
On 8/23/2011 at 05:46:18, a magnitude 5.3 (5.3 MW, Depth: 2.5 mi) earthquake occurred 288.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/6/2011 at 03:53:10, a magnitude 5.7 (5.7 MW, Depth: 3.2 mi) earthquake occurred 382.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Yoakum County (6) is a lot smaller than the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 1
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Fires: 2, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Plains topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Plains:

  • DIALYSIS SERVICES OF WEST TEXAS (Dialysis Facility, about 16 miles away; DENVER CITY, TX)
  • YOAKUM COUNTY HOSPITAL HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 16 miles away; DENVER CITY, TX)
  • YOAKUM COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 16 miles away; DENVER CITY, TX)
  • CHILDREN OF THE PIONEERS (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; DENVER CITY, TX)
  • YOAKUM COUNTY DBA SHINNERY OAKS COMMUNITY (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; DENVER CITY, TX)

Airports located in Plains:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Plains:

  • South Plains College (about 38 miles; Levelland, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,007)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (about 61 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 3,269)
  • Texas Tech University (about 62 miles; Lubbock, TX; FT enrollment: 29,251)
  • Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus (about 75 miles; Portales, NM; FT enrollment: 4,263)
  • Midland College (about 91 miles; Midland, TX; FT enrollment: 3,650)
  • Wayland Baptist University (about 94 miles; Plainview, TX; FT enrollment: 5,526)
  • The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (about 95 miles; Odessa, TX; FT enrollment: 2,982)

Public high school in Plains:

  • PLAINS H S (Students: 143, Location: 811 COWBOY WAY, Grades: 9-12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Plains:

  • PLAINS EL (Students: 204, Location: 811 COWBOY WAY, Grades: PK-4)
  • PLAINS MIDDLE (Students: 121, Location: 811 COWBOY WAY, Grades: 5-8)
See full list of schools located in Plains

Library in Plains:

  • YOAKUM COUNTY LIBRARY (Operating income: $163,682; Location: 910 AVE E; 36,249 books; 7,136 audio materials; 4,546 video materials; 50 state licensed databases; 70 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Willis Auto and Tire 1001 Cowboy Way Owner- Tim Willis 806-456-7195 added by Kimberly

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Plains Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Plains: Stanford Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Birthplace of: Bulldog Turner - Football player and coach.

Yoakum County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Average household size:
This town:

2.9 people
Texas:

2.8 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

79.1%
Whole state:

69.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

3.7%
Whole state:

6.0%


No gay or lesbian households reported

4 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Banks with branches in Plains (2011 data):

  • Plains State Bank: Plains Branch at 9th Street, branch established on 2008/09/08. Info updated 2010/11/03: Bank assets: $203.1 mil, Deposits: $178.2 mil, headquarters in Humble, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Plains Acquisition Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Plains:

Marital status in Plains, TX
  • Never married: 27.9%
  • Now married: 53.0%
  • Separated: 5.5%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 5.6%

For population 25 years and over in Plains:

  • High school or higher: 56.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 10.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.9%
  • Unemployed: 7.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

21.6
Texas average:

13.8

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Plains
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Plains, TX (based on Yoakum County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant3,40716
Catholic2,4622
Mainline Protestant5712
Other11
None1,438-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Yoakum County:

4.05 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

1.47 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Here:

5.40 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

3.95 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

12.14 / 10,000 pop.
Texas:

6.13 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.3%
Texas:

8.9%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.5%
Texas:

26.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Yoakum County:

12.9%
State:

15.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Plains:

45.3%
Texas:

48.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Plains:

43.3%
State:

47.4%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.3
Texas:

28.5

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

29.0%
Texas:

20.6%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Plains:

8.9%
Texas:

10.3%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Plains:

6.7
Texas:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

31.3%
State:

33.1%

General health condition:
This city:

51.0%
Texas:

56.2%

Average condition of hearing:
Plains:

77.9%
Texas:

80.7%

More about Health and Nutrition of Plains, TX Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2017)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 7$6,002$10,2890$0
Financial Administration 2$7,606$45,6360$0
Gas Supply 1$3,712$44,5440$0
Solid Waste Management 1$3,138$37,6560$0
Fire - Other 1$3,293$39,5167$6,700
Water Supply 1$4,246$50,9520$0
Firefighters 0$0 20$283
Totals for Government 13$27,996$25,84227$6,983

Plains government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $320,000 ($193.35)
    Sewerage: $164,000 ($99.09)
    Solid Waste Management: $140,000 ($84.59)
    General - Other: $47,000 ($28.40)
    Local Fire Protection: $45,000 ($27.19)
    General Public Buildings: $13,000 ($7.85)
    Central Staff Services: $3,000 ($1.81)
    Financial Administration: $1,000 ($0.60)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $9,000 ($5.44)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $322,000 ($194.56)

Plains government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $1,144,000 ($691.24)
    Sewerage: $132,000 ($79.76)
    Natural Resources - Other: $15,000 ($9.06)
    Other: $5,000 ($3.02)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Other: $113,000 ($68.28)
    Water Utilities: $11,000 ($6.65)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $287,000 ($173.41)
    Gas Utilities: $263,000 ($158.91)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $149,000 ($90.03)
    Property: $136,000 ($82.18)

Plains government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $234,000 ($141.39)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $196,000 ($118.43)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $38,000 ($22.96)

Plains government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,283,000 ($775.23)

Businesses in Plains, TX

  • Dairy Queen: 1

Strongest AM radio stations in Plains:

  • KICA (980 AM; 50 kW; CLOVIS, NM; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KINF (1020 AM; 50 kW; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: JAMES CRYSTAL HOLDINGS OF NEW MEXICO, INC.)
  • KMUL (1380 AM; 50 kW; MULESHOE, TX; Owner: BROADCAST ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION)
  • KYKK (1110 AM; daytime; 5 kW; HUMBLE CITY, NM; Owner: NOALMARK BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • KHOB (1390 AM; 5 kW; HOBBS, NM; Owner: AMERICAN ASSET MANAGEMENT, INC.)
  • KFYO (790 AM; 5 kW; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KIJN (1060 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FARWELL, TX; Owner: METROPOLITIAN RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • KJTV (950 AM; 5 kW; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)
  • KCRS (550 AM; 5 kW; MIDLAND, TX; Owner: CCB TEXAS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • KKOB (770 AM; 50 kW; ALBUQUERQUE, NM; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KKUB (1300 AM; 1 kW; BROWNFIELD, TX; Owner: BROWNFIELD BROADCASTING, L.P.)
  • KLEA (630 AM; 1 kW; LOVINGTON, NM; Owner: LEA COUNTY BROADCASTING CO.)
  • KGYN (1210 AM; 50 kW; GUYMON, OK; Owner: TELNS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Plains:

  • KPHS (90.3 FM; PLAINS, TX; Owner: PLAINS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT)
  • KBIM-FM (94.9 FM; ROSWELL, NM; Owner: KING BROADCASTING COMPANY)

TV broadcast stations around Plains:

  • KLBK-TV (Channel 13; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: QUORUM OF TEXAS LICENSE, LLC)
  • KJTV-TV (Channel 34; LUBBOCK, TX; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)
  • K27GL (Channel 27; HOBBS, NM; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • K50GM (Channel 50; HOBBS, NM; Owner: RAYCOM NATIONAL, INC.)
  • K55IF (Channel 55; SEMINOLE, TX; Owner: RAMAR COMMUNICATIONS II, LTD.)

Plains fatal accident list:

Jun 26, 2018 00:13 AM, Us-82/Cowboy Way, Sr-214/Plains Hwy, Lat: 33.184403, Lon: -102.818656, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
Oct 11, 1982 10:30 AM, 82, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

4 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Plains)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

69 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

9 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Plains, TX)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

21 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: KC5TNC, Grant Date: 03/21/1996, Expiration Date: 03/21/2006, Cancellation Date: 03/22/2008, Registrant: Glen D Guetersloh, Box 462, Plains, TX 79355
  • Call Sign: KD5SIK, Licensee ID: L00511017, Grant Date: 03/07/2012, Expiration Date: 05/02/2022, Certifier: Jeffrey L Roper, Registrant: Jeffrey L Roper, Plains, TX 79355
  • Call Sign: KD5SIL, Licensee ID: L00511018, Grant Date: 05/02/2002, Expiration Date: 05/02/2012, Cancellation Date: 05/03/2014, Certifier: Jared C Sellers, Registrant: Jared C Sellers, Plains, TX 79355
  • Call Sign: KF5FUA, Licensee ID: L01557234, Grant Date: 03/25/2010, Expiration Date: 03/25/2020, Certifier: Joshua S Bayer, Registrant: Joshua S Bayer, Plains, TX 79355


FAA Registered Aircraft:

11 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Plains)
Most common first names in Plains, TX among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Robert973.0 years
Mary980.7 years
William980.0 years
James870.2 years
John681.0 years
Jimmie473.5 years
Thomas463.3 years
Lillian477.8 years
Jose461.8 years
Roy470.0 years
Most common last names in Plains, TX among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jones1181.3 years
Smith878.6 years
Williams679.2 years
Guetersloh666.1 years
Mcdonnell574.4 years
Green563.6 years
Fitzgerald579.4 years
Box479.2 years
Webber482.3 years
Murphey480.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Plains, TX
  • 50.1%Utility gas
  • 46.0%Electricity
  • 3.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Plains, TX
  • 76.3%Utility gas
  • 23.7%Electricity


Plains compared to Texas state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There are 7 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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