Platte County, Missouri

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Platte County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 36 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 101,187. For more information on Platte 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

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, 2017

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, 2017

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 - 2018

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
533 Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 5.80 44
482 Rail Transportation 5.15 359
481 Air Transportation 5.05 832
488 Support Activities for Transportation 4.67 1,268
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 4.04 2,292
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 3.48 311
425 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers  2.23 470
532 Rental and Leasing Services 2.23 422
518 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services 1.96 226
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 1.92 459

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

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

Hiring Demand Snapshot

Source: JobsEQ, 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

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