Plainview is a city in Wabasha County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 3,340 at the 2010 census. The author Jon Hassler was raised in Plainview and some of the places in his writing are based on the town. Plainview was platted in 1857. The city was named from its location on a plain at a lofty elevation, where a “plain view” can be had of the surrounding area. A post office has been in operation at Plainview since 1857. Plainview was incorporated in 1875.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.16 square miles (5.59 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 of 2010, there were 3,340 people, 1,278 households, and 868 families living in the city. The population density was 1,546.3 inhabitants per square mile (597.0/km2). There were 1,355 housing units at an average density of 627.3 per square mile (242.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.9% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.8% of the population. There were 1,278 households, of which 36.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.1% were non-families.
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