Plainview, Minnesota

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Plainview is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,190 at the 2000 census. The author Jon Hassler was raised in Plainview and some of the places in his writing are based on the town.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of it land.

Minnesota Highway 42, Minnesota Highway 247, and County Highway 4 are three of the main routes in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,190 people, 1,157 households, and 824 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,452.5 people per square mile (559.8/km²). There were 1,223 housing units at an average density of 556.9/sq mi (214.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.83% White, 0.03% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 2.45% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.14% of the population.

There were 1,157 households out of which 39.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 24.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.16.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 93.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $39,952, and the median income for a family was $48,971. Males had a median income of $32,179 versus $22,754 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,494. About 5.5% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.5% of those under age 18 and 12.4% of those age 65 or over.


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