Clay County, Missouri

Quick Links:


Printing? This page prints best from Internet Explorer or this PDF version.

Many of the charts on this page are interactive.
Tips for use» Tips for using interactive charts
  • Click the "Chart Context Menu" icon in the top right corner of any chart to share, download or view the data.
  • Hover over bars or data points to show a tooltip with information about that item.
  • For charts with legends, click any name in the legend to hide its data; click again to show.


Clay County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 31 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 242,874. For more information on Clay County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2017

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Language Proficiency

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Educational Attainment

Compared to the KC region, Clay County has a greater number of residents with high school diplomas, some college and associate's degrees. Bachelor degree attainment trends seem to be similar to the region.

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 111,000 jobs in Clay County of those 40,747 are held by Clay County residents, an additional 60,441 non-residents commute in to work. 79,062 residents work outside the county.

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2015

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2017

Employment Centers

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

Competitive Industries

Clay 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 - 2018

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
482 Rail Transportation 6.59 1,001
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 6.55 8,098
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 3.34 1,087
713 Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries 2.50 3,586
322 Paper Manufacturing 2.46 649
532 Rental and Leasing Services 1.96 811
492 Couriers and Messengers 1.95 1,062
484 Truck Transportation 1.77 2,101
314 Textile Product Mills 1.70 146
488 Support Activities for Transportation 1.66 982

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

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

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: Jobs EQ, 2018, Q4

The top occupations and skills below were compiled using JobsEQ and are being reported on a quarterly basis.

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

Retail Salespersons
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
Customer Service Representatives
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
Registered Nurses
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
Cooks, Restaurant
Computer User Support Specialists
Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Waiters and Waitresses
Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
Food Preparation Workers
Social and Human Service Assistants

On Jan. 2, 2019, there were 2,729 job postings in Clay County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

Customer Service
Cooperative/Team Player
Self-Motivated/Ability to Work Independently/Self Leadership
Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
Detail Oriented/Meticulous
Problem Solving

Source: JobsEQ, 2018

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