The City of Plainview is home to 1246 people in Pierce County, Nebraska, and offers nearly everything residents could want. From amenities and health care to education and activities. Plainview is a forward thinking community active in economic and community development. Situated in Northwest Pierce county at the junction of HWY's 20 and 13 the community is a thoroughfare for in state and out of state travelers.  The community features two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school with a total enrollment of 319 students. Plainview features two city parks with new playground equipment, disc golf, sand volleyball courts,  baseball and softball complex, and a zero entry swimming pool. The community also has a hospital, two clinics, a pharmacy, city owned assisted living and nursing home facilities, new public library, golf course, a motel and four churches. 

   Quick Facts

Population: 1246
Median Age: 46.3
Land: 1.08 square miles

Housing in Plainview

Plainview, Nebraska currently has more than 650 houses, making affordable housing opportunities not only possible, but an incentive for living in the Pierce County community. Plainview has successfully been able to receive funding From the State of Nebraska and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to rehabilitate existing homes for moderate to low income residents. Plainview's newest housing project, four townhome units, will be available in 2021 thanks to a $452,000 grant awarded by the Nebraska Housing Trust Fund. 

Plainview Community Center

The Community of Plainview is currently seeking funding for a proposed 32,000 square foot community center. This facility will feature a 24 hour fitness facility, suspended walking track, two basketball courts, a 70 child day care center, teen lounge, commercial kitchen, community pantry and food distribution area, and conference spaces for up to 1,100 people. 


"Nebraska" Movie

Plainview received world-wide attention as it transformed into fictional community of Hawthorne during the filming of the Academy Award-nominated film "Nebraska" during 2013. Twenty-one Nebraskans were cast roles with an additional 227 hired as extras.

Economic Development is an important to the City of Plainview. With the implementation of LB840 in 2012 and in-house revolving loan funds totaling $605,000 the community has welcomed twelve new businesses since 2018 with a return on investment of $1.2 million dollars. The community completed a $43,000 downtown revitalization planning project in September 2020 and was awarded $435,000 in November 2020 for downtown revitalization activites. Construction activities are planned for Jaunary - December 2021

Plainview Director of  Economic Development: Susan Norris

Contact Information: Ph: 402-992-2535 Email: director@pcedne.com 




BNSF Short-line Railway runs through Plainview, along HWY 20. Piggyback service is available. The short-line runs between Sioux City, NE and O'Neill, NE. 


HWY 20- Runs directly through Plainview 

HWY 13: 1/2 Mile 

HWY 81: 19 Miles

HWY 275: 35 Miles

I-29: 82 MILES

I-90: 119 MILES

I-80: 158 Miles



Healthcare In Plainview

Recreation In Plainview

There is a wide variety of choices for activities in Plainview. Whether you wish to relax at one of the public parks, go bowling with friends, or golf at the Country Club Plainview has you covered.

  • The City of Plainview has two city parks, Chilvers Park and Band Shell Park
    -Chilvers Park is located across from the Clown Doll Musuem  along Highway 20. Chilvers Park features a picnic shelter, picnic tables, fire pit, new playground equipment, two tennis courts, and four fully equipped camper pads.
    -Band Shell Park is located west of  Plainview Elementry School and is named after the performance stage that resembles a shell. The park features a nine hole frisbee course, two sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, a picnic shelter and playground equipment.
  • The Plainview Public Swimming Pool is located in Chilvers Park along Highway 20. The pool was built in 2004 and featuers a zero depth entry pool, a water slide, two diving boards and shade stuctures.  Follow their facebook to keep up to date with current events and notices.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlainviewPool/
  • D&K Lanes Bowling Alley 
  • D&K Lanes features 6 bowling lanes, a video arcade, shuffle board, food and a bar. 
    Address: 118 South Main St Plainview NE 68769
    hone: (402) 671-5020
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DandK.Plainview/
  • Plainview Country Club 
    This is a 9 hole course with Hole #9 rated as one of the toughest par #3's in the country. There is also a picnic shelter and a clubhouse for events and gatherings.
    Address: 53230 865th Rd Plainview NE 68769
    Phone: (402) 582-3445
    Website: https://plainviewcountryclub.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlainviewCountryClub/
  • The Klown Doll Museum
    Has over 7,000 clown dolls on display.
    Address: 306 West Park Ave Plainview NE 68769
    Phone: (402) 582-4433
    Website: http://www.klowndollmuseum.com/

Tax and city information about Plainview

Plainview is Mayor-Council form of government.
  • Tax Information
    • Municipal Levy (General): 0.50%
    • Municipal Levy (Water): 0.098%
    • Municipal Levy Streets: 0.064%
  • City Information
    • City Population: 1,246
    • City Land Area 1.1 square miles 
    • City Valuation: $46,785,502
    • Bonded Debt: $1,175,000
    • Average household income: $53,428
    • City Phone: (402) 582-4928
    • City Fax: (402) 582-3939
  • City Officials
    Mayor: Brian Schlote
    Phone: (402) 582-3765
    Address: 208 North Maple St Plainview 68769

    Clerk/Treasurer: Courtney Retzlaff
    Phone: (402) 582-4928
    Email: courtney.cityclerk@gmail.com
    Mailing Address: PO Box 757 Plainview NE 68769
    Address: 205 West Locust Ave Plainview NE 68769

    Treasurer: Melissa Forbes
    Phone: (402) 582-4928
    Email: melissaforbes@plainview-ne.com
    Mailing Address: PO Box 757 Plainview NE 68769
    Address: 205 West Locust Ave Plainview NE 68769

    Attorney: Bruce Curtiss
    Phone: (402) 582-3838
  • Economic Devleopment Director: Susan Norris
  • Phone:  (402) 992-2535
  • Email: director@pcedne.com 
  • Fire Chief: Mike McManaman
    Phone: (402) 582-4219

    Engineer: Miller & Associates
    Phone: (308) 382-1472

    City Superintendent: Curt Hart
    Phone: (402) 582-4928

Public Services

Electricity Providers
  • Northeast Nebraska Public Power District
    Phone: (800) 750-9277
    Address: 1410 West 7th St. Wayne NE 68787
    Website: https://northeastpow.com/
Natural Gas Provider
  • Black Hills Energy
    Phone: (888) 890-5554
    Address: 1113 Monroe Ave Norfolk NE 68701
    Secondary Address: 1220 South 20th St. Norfolk NE 68701
    Website: https://www.blackhillsenergy.com/
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