West Plains, Missouri Population 2022

12,421
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West Plains is a city located in Howell County Missouri. West Plains has a 2020 population of 12,421. It is also the county seat of Howell County. West Plains is currently growing at a rate of 0.31% annually and its population has increased by 2.98% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 12,061 in 2010.

The average household income in West Plains is $53,320 with a poverty rate of 27.60%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $624 per month, and the median house value is $99,700. The median age in West Plains is 36.1 years, 31.9 years for males, and 39.5 years for females.

West Plains Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of West Plainswas:

  • White: 96.90%
  • Two or more races: 1.97%
  • Native American: 0.68%
  • Asian: 0.29%
  • Black or African American: 0.16%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
  • Other race: 0.00%
The current population of West Plains, Missouri is 12,421 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 12,421.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 12,061.

West Plains, Missouri Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202140,099-9-0.02%
202040,108-9-0.02%
201940,117-9-0.02%
201840,126520.13%
201740,074-58-0.14%
201640,132620.15%
201540,070-52-0.13%
201440,122-114-0.28%
201340,236-301-0.75%
201240,537-47-0.12%
201140,584320.08%
201040,5520.00%

West Plains Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White11,85496.90%
Two or More Races2411.97%
American Indian and Alaska Native830.68%
Asian360.29%
Black or African American190.16%
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West Plains Population by Race

West Plains Population Pyramid $2022

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West Plains Median Age

36.1


Total

31.9


Male

39.5


Female

West Plains Adults

There are 9,257 adults, (2,421 of whom are seniors) in West Plains.

West Plains Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

35.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.5

Child Dependency Ratio

West Plains Sex Ratio

Female

6,496

53.10%

Male

5,737

46.90%

West Plains Population by Age

West Plains Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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West Plains Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Male21.6%78.4%
Non Family39.3%60.7%
All54%46%
Female54.5%45.5%
Married74.3%25.7%

54.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

West Plains Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All5,0412.3454
Non Family2,2651.1539.3
Married1,9993.2874.3
Female5413.5554.5
Male2363.1421.6

3.19

Average Family Size

2.34

Average Household Size

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West Plains Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2242.77%
9th to 12th Grade5667.00%
High School Graduate2,61832.40%
Some College1,92423.81%
Associates Degree6267.75%
Bachelors Degree1,23215.25%
Graduate Degree89011.01%
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West Plains Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Plains Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White7,7656,9752,010
2+ Races15915954
Native American838328
Hispanic424230
Asian2121
Black1010

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among hispanic people with a rate of 71.43%.

West Plains Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,037$32,015$28,467
Less Than 9th Grade$23,158$24,408$
High School Graduate$26,848$31,850$17,073
Some College$27,696$30,265$21,685
Bachelors Degree$43,152$51,172$37,614
Graduate Degree$48,598$48,409$49,145

$31,037

Average Earnings

$32,015

Average Male

$28,467

Average Female

West Plains Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Plains Language by Age

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West Plains Language

98.99% of West Plains residents speak only English, while 1.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 0.71% of the population.

West Plains Language

West Plains Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White11,3193,13727.71%
Hispanic1846736.41%
Multiple2414920.33%
Asian362158.33%
OtherNaN%

27.60%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.97%

Male Poverty Rate

29.03%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Plains

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Plains is Asian, with 58.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Plains is Multiple, with 20.33% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 33.79%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 31.24%.

West Plains Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade32.69%
High School26.24%
Some College22.42%
Bachelors or Greater11.55%

West Plains Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed38.81%
Female Employed19.49%
Male Employed14.08%
Male Unemployed10.00%

West Plains Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Plains Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$36,865$53,320
Families$50,983$68,805
Married Families$57,380-
Non Families$24,809$31,983
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Income by Household Type

West Plains Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

45.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.6%

Male Marriage Rate

45.4%

Female Marriage Rate

West Plains Married by Age and Sex

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West Plains Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

West Plains Marital Status by Race

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West Plains Marital Status

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793

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam346
First Gulf War165
Korea97
Second Gulf War84
World War II34

West Plains Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74295
75+177
35 to 54148
55 to 6489
18 to 3484

West Plains Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White7518.40%
2+ Races4221.54%

West Plains Veterans by Race

West Plains Veterans by Education

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17.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

47.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Plains Veterans by Education

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57.3%

Labor Force Participation

56.3%

Employment Rate

1.6%

Unemployment Rate

West Plains Employment by Age

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West Plains Employment by Race

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West Plains Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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63.81%

Born in West Plains

99.26%

Native Born

0.74%

Foreign Born

0.48%

Non Citizen

0.26%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.26% of West Plains residents were born in the United States, with 63.81% having been born in Missouri. 0.48% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

West Plains Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202212,421390.31%
202112,382390.32%
202012,343390.32%
201912,304390.32%
201812,265250.20%
201712,24070.06%
201612,233250.20%
201512,208-8-0.07%
201412,216470.39%
201312,169-68-0.56%
201212,237740.61%
201112,1631020.85%
201012,0611,1951.05%
200010,8661,9532.00%
19908,9131,1721.42%
19807,7418481.17%
19706,8931,0571.68%
19605,8369181.73%
19504,9188922.02%
19404,0266911.90%
19303,3351570.48%
19203,1782640.87%
19102,914120.04%
19002,9020.00%

West Plains Population by Year