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Welcome to West Plains ...

The city of West Plains is located in the Missouri Ozarks.

West Plains is located in Howell County<1> and is the County Seat for Howell County.

The location of West Plains has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

A typical abbreviation for West Plains: W. Plains

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, West Plains has a population of 12,304 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of West Plains.

The community of West Plains is 980 feet [299 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: West Plains lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for West Plains: (417)

The ZIP code for West Plains: 65775<5>

Websites for West Plains ...

Official Website: www.westplains.net/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, West Plains had an population of 12,304 people. This is an increase of 2.65% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 13.23% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, West Plains had a population of 11,986 people (which is 29.67% of the total population of Howell County). This makes West Plains the county's most populous community.

The population of West Plains represents 0.2% of the population of Missouri (which has 5,988,927 people), making it the state's 59th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 11,986 people, the population of West Plains increased 10.31% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 10,866 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for West Plains.

Adding West Plains to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of West Plains in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of West Plains elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found West Plains on a .

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for West Plains on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named West Plains ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 2 communities that are also named West Plains - they are located in Kansas and Michigan.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for West Plains.

Communities near West Plains ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near West Plains.

  • Willow Springs [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Willow Springs
    • Willow Springs [Howell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the north of West Plains
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,099 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Willow Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Willow Springs
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Willow Springs<7>
  • Koshkonong [Oregon County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Koshkonong
    • Koshkonong [Oregon County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southeast of West Plains
    • Estimated population in 2019: 200 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Koshkonong have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Koshkonong
  • Brandsville [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brandsville
    • Brandsville [Howell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the southeast of West Plains
    • Estimated population in 2019: 152 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Brandsville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brandsville
  • Pomona [Howell County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pomona
    • Pomona [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the north of West Plains
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pomona have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pomona
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Pottersville [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pottersville
      • Pottersville [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the west of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pottersville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pottersville
    • South Fork [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for South Fork
      • South Fork [Howell County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Fork
    • Peace Valley [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Peace Valley
      • Peace Valley [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the northeast of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Peace Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Peace Valley
    • Siloam Springs [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Siloam Springs
      • Siloam Springs [Howell County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the west of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Siloam Springs
    • Caulfield [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caulfield
      • Caulfield [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southwest of West Plains
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Caulfield have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caulfield
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caulfield<7>
    • Lanton [Howell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lanton
      • Lanton [Howell County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the south of West Plains
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lanton

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around West Plains. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for West Plains.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of West Plains. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around West Plains.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around West Plains. Our list includes 16 papers. See our Newspapers Page for West Plains.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for West Plains ...

Looking for more information about West Plains? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for West Plains, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for West Plains.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for West Plains: www.westplains.net/

The official website for State of Missouri: https://www.mo.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Missouri's counties, including Howell, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for West Plains.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around West Plains - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as West Plains). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether West Plains or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Plains) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for West Plains. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from West Plains

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Plains. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.7389, Longitude: -91.8681       In this case, the coordinates for West Plains have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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