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Plains, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Plains Census Designated Place is a community or populated place (Class Code U5) located in Luzerne County at latitude 41.2758 and longitude -75.8519. Luzerne County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 656 feet.

The formal official name is the Plains Census Designated Place, but most people and references simply refer to it as Plains, Pennsylvania.

The U5 Census Class Code for Plains indicates a populated place that is also a census designated place with the same name.. The Census Designated Place has a Functional Status Code "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The formal boundaries for the Plains Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Plains, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,296
Population in Households 4,294
Population in Familes 3,294
Population in Group Qrtrs 2
Population Density1 3,360
Diversity Index2 15


Total Households 1,999
Average Household Size 2.15
Family Households 1,198
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,205 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,361 (61.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 638 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 206 ( 9.3%)
Median Home Value $85,025
Average Home Value $99,798


Median Household Income $43,966
Average Household Income $54,813
Per Capita Income $25,069
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.21% -0.09%
Households -0.04% -0.09%
Families 0.2% -0.22%
Median Household Income   3.51%
Per Capita Income   3.24%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Plains, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Plains to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 311 82nd
Population Density1 # 340 81st
Diversity Index2 # 681 61st
Median Household Income # 1121 37th
Per Capita Income # 760 57th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Pennsylvania Census Data Comparison Tool.