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The City of West Plains had a population of 12,367 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for West Plains is located at latitude 36.7374 and longitude -91.868 in Howell County. The formal boundaries for the City of West Plains (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.31 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Howell County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,004 feet.

The City of West Plains (GNIS ID: 2397273) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of West Plains is located within Township of Howell, a minor civil division (MCD) of Howell County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Plains population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for West Plains: Summers Addition, Westplains.

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West Plains, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 12,367
Population in Households 11,912
Population in Familes 9,101
Population in Group Qrtrs 455
Population Density1 929
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 5,182
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 3,119
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,666 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,835 (50.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,347 (41.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 484 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $111,465
Average Home Value $145,600


Median Household Income $35,365
Average Household Income $45,774
Per Capita Income $19,610
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.5% 0.14%
Households 0.57% 0.2%
Families 0.56% 0.1%
Median Household Income   1.38%
Per Capita Income   2.01%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

West Plains, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Plains to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 67 94th
Population Density1 # 430 58th
Diversity Index2 # 393 62nd
Median Household Income # 738 29th
Per Capita Income # 676 35th

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