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Platte County, Missouri
Platte-courthouse.jpg
Platte County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Platte County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 31, 1838
Named for Platte River or Platte Purchase
Seat Platte City
Largest city Kansas City
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

427 sq mi (1,106 km²)
420 sq mi (1,088 km²)
6.6 sq mi (17 km²), 1.5
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

106,718
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.platte.mo.us

Platte County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population was 106,718.[1] Its county seat is Platte City.[2] The county was organized December 31, 1838,[3] from the Platte Purchase,[4] named for the Platte River. (Platte is derived from the French word for a low, shallow, or intermittent stream.) The Kansas City International Airport is located in the county, approximately one mile west of Interstate 29 between mile markers 12 and 15. The land for the airport was originally in an unincorporated portion of Platte County before being annexed by Platte City, and eventually Kansas City.

Geography[]

Platte County Courthouse in Platte City was built after the original courthouse was burned with the rest of Platte City during the American Civil War. Blanche Barrow was held at the adjoining jail following a Bonnie & Clyde shootout just south of Platte City.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 427 square miles (1,110 km2), of which 420 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 6.6 square miles (17 km2) (1.5%) is water.[5] The county's southwestern border with Kansas is formed by the Missouri River.

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

  • I-29 (MO).svg Interstate 29
  • I-435 (MO).svg Interstate 435
  • I-635 (MO).svg Interstate 635
  • US 71.svg U.S. Route 71
  • MO-9.svg Route 9
  • MO-45.svg Route 45
  • MO-92.svg Route 92
  • MO-152.svg Route 152
  • MO-273.svg Route 273
  • MO-371.svg Route 371

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,913
1850 16,845 89.0%
1860 18,350 8.9%
1870 17,352 −5.4%
1880 17,366 0.1%
1890 16,278 −6.3%
1900 16,193 −0.5%
1910 14,429 −10.9%
1920 13,996 −3.0%
1930 13,819 −1.3%
1940 13,862 0.3%
1950 14,973 8.0%
1960 23,350 55.9%
1970 32,081 37.4%
1980 46,341 44.4%
1990 57,867 24.9%
2000 73,781 27.5%
2010 89,322 21.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 73,781 people, 29,278 households, and 20,231 families residing in the county. The population density was 176 people per square mile (68/km2). There were 30,902 housing units at an average density of 74 per square mile (28/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.45% White, 3.49% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 1.48% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Approximately 3.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.4% were of German, 12.5% Irish, 12.2% American and 11.4% English ancestry.

There were 29,278 households, out of which 34.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 32.60% from 25 to 44, 24.50% from 45 to 64, and 8.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $55,849, and the median income for a family was $65,236. Males had a median income of $44,310 versus $31,005 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,356. About 3.30% of families and 4.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.70% of those under age 18 and 5.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[]

Public schools[]

  • North Platte R-I School DistrictDearborn
    • North Platte Elementary School (PK-03)
    • North Platte Intermediate School (04-06)
    • North Platte Junior High School (07-08)
    • North Platte High School (09-12)
  • Park Hill School DistrictKansas City
    • Russell Jones Education Center (K-12) – (Special Education)
    • Hopewell Elementary School (K-05)
    • Alfred L. Renner Elementary School (K-05)
    • Thomas B. Chinn Elementary School (K-05)
    • English Landing Elementary School (K-05)
    • Graden Elementary School (K-05)
    • Hawthorn Elementary School (K-05)
    • Line Creek Elementary School (K-05)
    • Gerner Family Early Education Center (PK)
    • Prairie Point Elementary School (K-05)
    • Southeast Elementary School (K-05)
    • Tiffany Ridge Elementary School (K-05)
    • Union Chapel Elementary School (K-05)
    • Congress Middle School (06-08)
    • Lakeview Middle School (06-08)
    • Plaza Middle School (06-08)
    • Walden Middle School (06-08)
    • Park Hill High School (09-12) -- within Kansas City city limits
    • Park Hill South High School (09-12) – Riverside
    • LEAD Innovation Studio (09-12)
  • Platte County R-III School DistrictPlatte City
    • Donald D. Siegrist Elementary School (K-5)
    • Pathfinder Elementary School (PK-5)
    • Compass Elementary School (PK-5)
    • Barry Elementary School (PK-5)
    • Platte City Middle School (06-08)
    • Platte County High School (09-12)
  • West Platte County R-II School DistrictWeston
    • Central Elementary School (PK-06)
    • West Platte County High School (07-12)

Private schools[]

Public libraries[]

  • Mid-Continent Public Library[11]

Politics[]

Local[]

The Republican Party controls politics at the local level in Platte County. Republicans hold all of the elected positions in the county. However, Governor Jay Nixon carried the county in his two successful elections, and in 2004, Claire McCaskill of Jackson County narrowly won a majority of the county's votes over Republican victor Matt Blunt.

Platte County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor David Cox Republican
County Clerk Nancy Armstrong Republican
Collector Sheila Palmer Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Ron Schieber Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Dagmar Wood Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
John Elliott Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd Republican
Public Administrator Jera Pruitt Republican
Recorder Gloria Boyer Republican
Sheriff Mark Owen Republican
Treasurer Rob Willard Republican

State[]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 51.84% 29,616 46.02% 26,293 2.14% 1,222
2016 50.20% 24,738 46.62% 22,973 2.58% 1,269
2012 44.64% '20,154 52.39% 23,654 2.97% 1,339
2008 42.51% 19,417 55.23% 25,228 2.26% 1,032
2004 48.31% 20,137 50.31% 20,970 1.32% 577
2000 50.23% 16,971 47.69% 16,115 2.08% 703
1996 36.40% 10,581 61.37% 17,840 2.23% 647
United States presidential election results for Platte County, Missouri[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 28,917 50.49% 27,179 47.46% 1,174 2.05%
2016 25,933 52.28% 20,057 40.43% 3,618 7.29%
2012 25,618 56.04% 19,175 41.95% 917 2.01%
2008 24,460 52.44% 21,459 46.01% 721 1.55%
2004 23,302 55.52% 18,412 43.87% 256 0.61%
2000 17,785 52.23% 15,325 45.00% 944 2.77%
1996 13,332 45.36% 12,705 43.23% 3,352 11.41%
1992 9,380 31.82% 10,920 37.04% 9,178 31.14%
1988 11,838 51.18% 11,225 48.53% 66 0.29%
1984 12,859 62.64% 7,668 37.36% 0 0.00%
1980 10,092 53.81% 7,342 39.14% 1,322 7.05%
1976 8,103 47.51% 8,651 50.73% 300 1.76%
1972 8,764 67.69% 4,183 32.31% 0 0.00%
1968 4,836 42.74% 4,665 41.22% 1,815 16.04%
1964 3,059 33.24% 6,143 66.76% 0 0.00%
1960 4,771 44.88% 5,860 55.12% 0 0.00%
1956 3,596 40.55% 5,271 59.45% 0 0.00%
1952 3,390 42.36% 4,604 57.53% 9 0.11%
1948 1,644 27.34% 4,354 72.40% 16 0.27%
1944 2,344 38.47% 3,741 61.40% 8 0.13%
1940 2,545 35.38% 4,635 64.44% 13 0.18%
1936 1,787 26.71% 4,884 72.99% 20 0.30%
1932 1,160 18.24% 5,179 81.46% 19 0.30%
1928 2,423 41.94% 3,344 57.88% 10 0.17%
1924 1,999 34.80% 3,674 63.96% 71 1.24%
1920 1,724 28.25% 4,361 71.47% 17 0.28%
1916 921 23.52% 2,974 75.96% 20 0.51%
1912 510 14.80% 2,535 73.58% 400 11.61%
1908 982 25.84% 2,795 73.53% 24 0.63%
1904 953 27.06% 2,537 72.03% 32 0.91%
1900 997 24.45% 3,052 74.86% 28 0.69%
1896 1,044 24.47% 3,191 74.80% 31 0.73%
1892 885 23.71% 2,664 71.38% 183 4.90%
1888 1,010 26.75% 2,727 72.24% 38 1.01%



Communities[]

Cities[]

  • Camden Point
  • Dearborn
  • Edgerton
  • Houston Lake
  • Kansas City (partly in Jackson and Clay Counties and a small part in Cass County)
  • Lake Waukomis
  • Northmoor
  • Parkville
  • Platte City (county seat)
  • Platte Woods
  • Riverside
  • Smithville (mostly in Clay County)
  • Tracy
  • Weatherby Lake
  • Weston

Villages[]

  • Farley
  • Ferrelview
  • Iatan
  • Ridgely

Civil townships[]

  • Carroll
  • Fair
  • Fox
  • Green
  • Kickapoo
  • Lee
  • Marshall
  • May
  • Pawnee
  • Pettis
  • Preston
  • Sioux
  • Waldron
  • Weston

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Beverly
  • Dye
  • East Leavenworth
  • Edgerton Junction
  • Hoover
  • Kerrville
  • New Market
  • Stillings
  • Stubbs
  • Waldron
  • West Platte
  • Woodruff

See also[]

  • Concerned Citizens of Platte County
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Platte County, Missouri

References[]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/29/29165.html. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. 
  3. ^ "Platte County History". Platte County, Missouri. http://www.co.platte.mo.us/history.html. 
  4. ^ Soil Survey (Platte County, Missouri ed.). U.S. Dept of Agriculture. 1923. p. 2. https://books.google.com/books?id=6ObwAAAAMAAJ&q=platte+county+platte+purchase&pg=PA2. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. https://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_29.txt. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census.html. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mo190090.txt. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. 
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. https://www.census.gov. 
  11. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Mid-Continent Public Library". Libraries.org. https://librarytechnology.org/library/20137. 
  12. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS. 

External links[]

Coordinates: 39°23′N 94°46′W / 39.38, -94.77

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