Prairie View is located northwest of the Houston, Texas
metro area, almost to Hempstead
on US 290.
In Waller County, it is home of the Prairie View A&M University campus.
Local farmers produce corn, melons, and other commercial crops and benefit from the expertise available from the school's agricultural department.
Prairie View is also home to St. Francis Episcopal Church, established in 1870. The church was originally located in Hempstead and was moved to its present location in 1958.
The population of Prairie View was 4,129 in 1980 and 4,004 in 1990.