Platte County, Missouri

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Platte County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 39 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 102,985. For more information on Platte County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2018

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Language Proficiency

Of the 87,720 people age 5 and older in Platte County, Missouri, 2,514 (or 2.9%) speak English less than very well. Among those residents of Platte County who speak English less than very well, the top five languages spoken are:

Spanish or Spanish Creole 630
African Languages 334
Chinese 289
Arabic 258
Urdu 202

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Educational Attainment

Platte County is one of the most highly educated counties in the Kansas City region. Fifty percent of the residents have at least an associate's degree or above.

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 49,000 jobs in Platte County of those 12,041 are held by residents, an additional 35,560 non-residents commute in to work. While 37,271 residents work outside the county. 

Workers who live elsewhere and commute to jobs in Platte County 15,371
People who both live and work in Platte County 12,075
Platte County residents who commute to jobs outside the county 36,790

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2017

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Employment Trend

Source: Jobs EQ, 2019 Q3

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Employment Centers

This map shows where large concentrations of employers reside within Platte County.

Competitive Industries

Platte County's top 10 competitive industries are listed by their location quotient. A location quotient shows how the county compares in a particular sector to national numbers. A quotient of one means the county has the same percentage of its workers in that industry as the nation. A number below that means the percentage is lower than the national number, and a number greater than one means the county has a higher percentage of workers employed in that sector.

Competitive Industries

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
533 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 5.87 44
482 Rail Transportation 5.15 355
481 Air Transportation 5.09 840
488 Support Activities for Transportation 4.58 1,284
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 3.78 2,191
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 3.36 310
425 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers  2.45 450
446 Health and Personal Care Stores 2.31 836
518 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 2.31 271
492 Couriers and Messengers 2.05 564

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

* TCPU - Transportation, communication and public utilities
** FIRE - Finance, insurance and real estate

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

  1. Retail Salespersons
  2. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  3. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  4. Customer Service Representatives
  5. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  6. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
  7. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  8. Driver/Sales Workers
  9. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  10. Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
  11. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
  12. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  13. Registered Nurses
  14. Cooks, Restaurant Social and Human Service Assistants
  15. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
  16. Food Preparation Workers
  17. Cashiers
  18. Food Service Managers
  19. Computer User Support Specialists

On Jan. 2, 2020, there were 2,838 job postings in Platte County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

  1. Verbal and written communication
  2. Customer Service
  3. Cooperative/Team Player
  4. Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
  5. Organization
  6. Self-Motivated
  7. Detail Oriented/Meticulous
  8. Accountable/Responsible/Reliable/Dependable/Trustworthy
  9. Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
  10. Enthusiastic/Energetic

Source: JobsEQ, 2019. Q3