Platte County, Missouri

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Platte County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 29 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 96,096. For more information on Platte County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2015

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Educational Attainment

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

Source: American Community Survey, 2015

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are nearly 40,000 jobs in Platte County of those 10,587 are held by residents, an additional 29,112 non-residents commute in to work. While 32,928 residents work outside the county. 

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2014

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 - 2016

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
533 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 6.33 49
482 Rail Transportation 5.02 346
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 4.93 2,630
481 Air Transportation 4.62 715
488 Support Activities for Transportation 4.04 1,001
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 4.02 327
492 Couriers and Messengers 2.45 508
532 Rental and Leasing Services 2.13 397
446 Health and Personal Care Stores 1.81 635
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 1.73 391

Source: JobsEQ, 2016, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2016, 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 Jan. 1 and April 3, 2017.

Top 10 Occupations Most in Demand

Motor Vehicle Operators
Food and Beverage Serving Workers
Supervisors of Sales Workers
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations
Retail Sales Workers
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers
Other Management Occupations
Information and Record Clerks
Health Technologists and Technicians

Top 10 Industries with Highest Demand

Outpatient Care Centers
General Freight Trucking
Other Support Activities for Transportation
Civic and Social Organizations
Elementary and Secondary Schools
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Grocery Stores
Direct Selling Establishments
Software Publishers
Other General Merchandise Stores

On April 3, 2017, there were 389 job postings in Platte County.

Source: WANTED Analytics

Top 10 Skills

Oral and written communication
Team-oriented, teamwork
Organizational skills
Customer service oriented
Detail oriented
Basic computer skills
Microsoft Office
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