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Plain View, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Plain View Census Designated Place had a population of 1,978 as of July 1, 2017. Plain View ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Plain View is located at latitude 35.244 and longitude -78.5602 in Sampson County. The formal boundaries for the Plain View Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 16.62 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Sampson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 210 feet.

The Plain View Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2403426) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Plain View Census Designated Place is located within Township of Plain View, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sampson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Plain View population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Plain View, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,978
Daytime Population: Workers 292
Daytime Population: Residents 993
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,285
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.65
Population in Households 1,978
Population in Familes 1,687
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 119
Diversity Index3 51


Median Household Income $40,262
Average Household Income $54,297
Per Capita Income $20,045


Total Housing Units 852 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 558 (65.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 203 (23.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 90 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $110,922
Average Home Value $125,628


Total Households 762
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 556
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.12% 0.08%
Households 0.0% -0.03%
Families 0.64% -0.11%
Median Household Income   0.32%
Per Capita Income   1.59%

Plain View, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Plain View to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 321 57th
Population Density # 689 7th
Diversity Index # 326 56th
Median Household Income # 404 45th
Per Capita Income # 514 31st

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