Platte County, Missouri

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Platte County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 32 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 98,309. For more information on Platte County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2016

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Language Proficiency

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Educational Attainment

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

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are nearly 49,800 jobs in Platte County of those 12,183 are held by residents, an additional 31,262 non-residents commute in to work. While 36,028 residents work outside the county. 

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2015

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2016

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 - 2017

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
533 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 7.27 57
482 Rail Transportation 5.49 375
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 4.76 2,579
488 Support Activities for Transportation 4.08 1,047
481 Air Transportation 3.68 584
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 3.60 303
492 Couriers and Messengers 2.19 499
532 Rental and Leasing Services 2.08 383
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 1.96 454
326 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers  1.87 551

Source: JobsEQ, 2017, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2017, Q3

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

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: Wanted Analytics, 2017

The top occupations, industries and skills below were compiled using WANTED Analytics and span a 90-day period between Sept. 1 and Dec. 11, 2017.

Top 10 Occupations Most in Demand

Motor Vehicle Operators
Information and Record Clerks
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Sales Representatives, Services
Operations Specialties Managers
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing
Health Technologists and Technicians
Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Cooks and Food Preparation Workers

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

Outpatient Care Centers
General Freight Trucking
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores
Civic and Social Organizations
Investigation and Security Services
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Health and Personal Care Stores
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
Nondepository Credit Intermediation

On Dec. 11, 2017, there were 1,335 job postings in Platte County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Owner operator
Oral and written communication
Clean Driving Record
Team-oriented, teamwork
Basic computer skills
Quality Assurance
Risk Management
Manual dexterity

Source: Wanted Analytics

Erika Garcia-Reyes, Workforce Development Coordinator
Mid-America Regional Council
600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64105 | 816-701-8308