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West Plains is a city in Howell County.

It is the county seat.

The latitude of West Plains is 36.728N. The longitude is -91.852W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 1,004 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 10,930.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$24,122
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our West Plains demographic reports
West Plains is on the Ozark Plateau.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 32. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 2.9 per 1,000 people.
Well-known residents have included:
· Dick Van Dyke, actor
Local festivals include:
  • Heart of the Ozarks Fair - July 9-14, 2007
  • Old Time Music-Ozark Heritage Festival - June 15-17, 2007
  • Spring Bluegrass Festival - June 7-9, 2007
Dates often change. Check West Plains web sites and events links in the sections below.
Colleges and universities: Missouri State University-West Plains
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was on par with the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about West Plains demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Howell County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 65775 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

18% of West Plains residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the West Plains ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in West Plains was $15,019, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

13% of West Plains residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Fairs, festivals & other events
West Plains festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in West Plains, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $276.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $615.


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Libraries

Libraries in West Plains include West Plains Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in West Plains include West Plains Daily Quill

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KSMW.

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Politics

Howell County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our West Plains political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for West Plains workers is 16 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in West Plains between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.6 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in West Plains include Best Western, Holiday Inn Express, Ramada Inn, Super 8.

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