Introduction to Plainview, Texas

Plainview, Texas, in Hale county, is 42 miles N of Lubbock, Texas (center to center) and 253 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Plainview History

Plainview was chartered on July 3, 1888, and soon afterwards became the county seat of Hale County, Texas. The Pecos & Northern Texas Railway lines were set up in Plainview in 1906, resulting in the area's rapid industrial and agricultural growth. The city of Plainview was incorporated in 1907.

Plainview and nearby Attractions

  • Plainview Commercial Historic District
  • Plainview Country Club
  • Plainview District United Methodist Church
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery
  • Hale County Courthouse
  • Lakeside Park

Things To Do In Plainview

Most tourists visit Plainview Site, a Native American archaeological site located near the city. Plainview Country Club provides a host of recreational activities for everyone. Lakeside Park allows visitors to spend some quality time in the arms of nature. Plainview District United Methodist Church fascinates travelers with its gorgeous architecture. The Hale County Courthouse is a well-respected seat of law in the city. Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery is an embodiment of peace and serenity.

Plainview Transportation

Lubbock International Airport provides air transportation facilities.

Plainview Higher Education

People of Plainview can enroll at the local Wayland Baptist University. Also nearby are Texas Tech University and West Texas A & M University.


Total Population 21,666
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 12.3%
Employed Population 16+ 8,847
Age of the Population 31


% of people married 49.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,992
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,301
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,342


Median Family Income $47,485
% Above Poverty Level 74.8%
% Below Poverty Level 25.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 2.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%


People Living Alone 23.7%
Median Gross Rent $623
Median House Value $78,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.4%
US/American 0%
English 3.7%
Irish 6.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Plainview Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles N of Lubbock, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 253 miles W of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
County Hale
Standard Zip Codes 79072
P.O. Box Zip Codes 79073
Phone Area Codes 806
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.184
Longitude -101.706

Plainview Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.4 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 49 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 19.9 inches
Station TULIA
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 50 F
Apr Temp 40 to 72 F
Jul Temp 64 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 74 F
Annual Precip 20.7 inches
Station OLTON
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 51 F
Apr Temp 41 to 72 F
Jul Temp 63 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 73 F
Annual Precip 17.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Abernathy 3,290 $51,316
Edmonson 109 $68,750
Hale Center 2,486 $40,170

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Plainview Public Libraries

Unger Memorial Library
Plainview, Texas
(806) 296-1148
Library Web Site

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Plainview Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(806) 296-5531
Emergency Service: No

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

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