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Census Data for Plainview ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2017 and it gave Plainview a population of 1,196 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, which gave Plainview a population of 1,246 people.

The city of Plainview is located in Pierce County. The 2010 Census gave Pierce County a population of 7,266 people. This means that Plainview had 17.15% of the county's total population, making it Pierce's 2nd most populous community.

At the same time, Nebraska had a population of 1,826,341 people, meaning that Plainview had 0.07% of the total population of Nebraska - making it the state's 84th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Plainview, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this defines the sampling area (usually shaped as a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Plainview reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Plainview might be different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau to resolve any difference between the two.

The 2010 Census shows that the sampling area for Plainview has a total area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²].

Pierce County has a land area of 573 square miles [1,484.7 km²]. At 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²], Plainview has 0.19% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually the center of the polygon, known as the centroid). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   42° 21' 12"   (or 42.35°)             [Map]

Lon:   -97° 47' 13"   (or -97.79°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (1,246 people) and land area (1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Plainview had a population density of 1,151 people per square mile [444.6 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Plainview had a population of 1,353 people and a land area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,249 people per square mile [482.3 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Plainview. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the nature of these changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Plainview had 656 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 1,246 people, this averages 1.9 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Plainview had a land area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. This translates to 606 Housing Units per square mile [234.1 housing units/km²].

Pierce County ...

The community of Plainview is located in Pierce County.

The county had a population of 7,266 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 1,246 people, Plainview represented 17.15% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Plainview has a population density of 1,151 people per square mile [444.6 people/km²], Pierce County averages 12.68 people per square mile [4.89 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Pierce County.

Population Rings for Plainview ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Plainview and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Plainview. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]11,196-4.01%
10 mi   [16 km]53,232-4.15%
15 mi   [24 km]73,327-4.09%
20 mi   [32 km]158,356-4.47%
25 mi   [40 km]2412,405-4.24%
30 mi   [48 km]3340,680-1.13%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Plainview, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Plainview. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

There is only a very minor difference in the sampling area given between the 2010 Census and the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Plainview was 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 1.08 square miles [2.8 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Plainview, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Plainview.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   42.353346°   (or 42°21'12" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.787145°   (or -97°47'13" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   42.352729°   (or 42°21'9" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.787239°   (or -97°47'14" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 226.4 feet to the north<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2396221) to Plainview. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Plainview. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   42.353346°   (or 42°21'12" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -97.787144°   (or -97°47'13" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 0.78 feet to the south<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Plainview. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Plainview.

Miscellaneous Information for Plainview ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has used one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Pierce County or the city of Plainview:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Plainview:

GNIS ID for Plainview: 2396221

GNIS ID for Pierce County: 835891

GNIS ID for Nebraska: 1779792

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 31 (Nebraska)

County Code: 139 (Pierce County)

Place Code: 39170 (Plainview)

State & County Code: 31/139 (Nebraska / Pierce County)

State & Place Code: 31/39170 (Nebraska / Plainview)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Plainview is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Plainview.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Nebraska

About Pierce County

About Nebraska

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Plainview. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Pierce County:

The official website for State of Nebraska:

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2017.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the 2010 Census location is 353 degrees and a distance of 226.4 feet.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the GNIS point is 159 degrees and a distance of 0.78 feet.

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