West Plains, Missouri Population 2023

12,244

West Plains is a city located in Howell County Missouri. It is also the county seat of Howell County. With a 2023 population of 12,244, it is the 75th largest city in Missouri and the 3521st largest city in the United States.West Plains is currently growing at a rate of 0.16% annually and its population has increased by 0.49% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 12,184 in 2020. Spanning over 13 miles, West Plains has a population density of 923 people per square mile.

The average household income in West Plains is $53,320 with a poverty rate of 40.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in West Plains is 34.2 years, 33.3 years for males, and 35.6 years for females.

West Plains Demographics

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

  • White: 97.36%
  • Two or more races: 1.58%
  • Black or African American: 0.44%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Asian: 0.19%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Other race: 0%
The current population of West Plains, Missouri is 12,244 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 12,184.

West Plains, Missouri Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Two or more races

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

West Plains Population by Race

West Plains Population Pyramid 2023

West Plains Median Age

34.2

Total

33.3

Male

35.6

Female

West Plains Adults

There are 9,252 adults, (2,224 of whom are seniors) in West Plains.

West Plains Age Dependency

74.9

Age Dependency Ratio

31.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.2

Child Dependency Ratio

West Plains Sex Ratio

Female6,60053.7%
Male5,69046.3%

West Plains Population by Age

West Plains Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.44

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

West Plains Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

West Plains Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

West Plains Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 54.72%.

West Plains Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$30,462

Average Earnings

$33,865

Average Male

$24,096

Average Female

West Plains Earnings by Educational Attainment

West Plains Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

West Plains Language

97.83% of West Plains residents speak only English, while 2.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.37% of the population.

West Plains Language

West Plains Poverty by Race

rate

40.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

25.35%

Male Poverty Rate

38.56%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in West Plains

The race most likely to be in poverty in West Plains is Asian, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in West Plains is Multiple, with 36.81% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 11.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 32.28%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.26%.

West Plains Poverty

West Plains Poverty Rate by Education

West Plains Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

West Plains Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

West Plains Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.3%

Male Marriage Rate

42.4%

Female Marriage Rate

West Plains Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 35-44.

West Plains Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

West Plains Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

837

Number of Veterans

779

Male Veterans

58

Female Veterans

West Plains Veterans by War

West Plains Veterans by Age

count

West Plains Veterans by Race

West Plains Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

8.66%

Veteran Poverty Rate

53.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

West Plains Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

55.8%

Labor Force Participation

54%

Employment Rate

3.2%

Unemployment Rate

West Plains Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

West Plains Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

West Plains Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

63.96%

Born in West Plains

100.22%

Native Born

0.65%

Foreign Born

0.53%

Non Citizen

0.12%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

100.22% of West Plains residents were born in the United States, with 63.96% having been born in Missouri. 0.53% 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: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

West Plains Population by Year