Plains, Kansas

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Plains, Kansas

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Plains strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Kansas):

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Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Plains Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% Plains College Educated Adults

Comparative Profile of Plains, Kansas

Comparing Plains to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Kansas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Children Under 5 Years Old 10 10
Male Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 6 5
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 1
Racial Diversity 1 1
Age of the Population 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 9 10


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
Median Family Income 7 7
People Above Poverty 4 2
People in Middle Class or Better 4 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Short Commute Times 9 7
Walking and Biking to Work 6 6
Public Transportation Use 5 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 10
Affordability of Rents 7 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 6
Housing Recently Built 5 7
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
People Living Alone 3 2

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Plains Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 157 miles NE of Amarillo, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 181 miles W of Wichita, Kansas
County Meade
Standard Zip Codes 67869
Phone Area Codes 620
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.26
Longitude -100.592

Plains Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station MEADE
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 45 F
Apr Temp 38 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 94 F
Oct Temp 42 to 73 F
Annual Precip 22.1 inches
Station CIMARRON 4 S
Distance 36.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 43 F
Apr Temp 38 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 92 F
Oct Temp 40 to 71 F
Annual Precip 23 inches
Distance 41.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 93 F
Oct Temp 40 to 72 F
Annual Precip 18.4 inches
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Plains Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,163 100%
Male 589 50.6%
Female 574 49.4%
Under 18 401 34.5%
18+ 762 65.5%
65+ 135 11.6%
Median Age 28.1
Average Family Size 3.41
White 955 82.1%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 0 0%
American Indian & Alaskan 15 1.3%
Other 166 14.3%
Mixed Race 27 2.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 305 26.2%

Estimated Plains Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,163
Growth 0
Growth % 0%

Plains Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 30.6%
German 30.2%
US/American 10%
Irish 8.9%
English 8.7%
French (except Basque) 2.3%
Scottish 1.7%
Scotch-Irish 1.3%
Swedish 1.3%
Dutch 1%
Czech 0.7%
Canadian 0.6%
European 0.4%
Pennsylvania German 0.4%
Polish 0.4%
Norwegian 0.3%
British 0.2%
French Canadian 0.2%
Russian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
Italian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Plains 1,163 $44,167
Copeland 339 $38,594
Fowler 567 $40,750
Kismet 484 $38,750
Liberal 19,666 $41,134
Meade 1,672 $40,357
Sublette 1,592 $43,167

Plains Public Libraries

Plains Community Library
Plains, Kansas
(620) 563-7326

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