Although the city of Plainview is relatively small, with a population just over 22,000, it’s big in business, commerce, education and culture.
The town was chartered in 1888 with a population of 75. From these humble beginnings, the town has gone on to become the county seat for Hale County, houses two University campuses and is the major shopping location for small towns between Lubbock and Amarillo.
Like many towns across the region, cotton is a major part of the economy and the primary crop grown by area farmers. Although cotton is the primary crop, agriculture, in general, is the region’s primary income producing activity. Other crops that are grown here on the Llano Estacado are wheat, grain, corn, and sunflower.
In addition to agriculture, education has also become an important part of the local economy, with nearly ten percent of Plainview’s population being attributed to Wayland Baptist University and the local branch of South Plains College.
And this influx of students results in thousands of extra customers to local businesses every year.
With its own symphonic orchestra, civic theater, and multiple museums, Plainview has many cultural opportunities for people of age or families of any size.