Platte County, Missouri

Platte County, Missouri

Infobox U.S. County
county = Platte County
state = Missouri

founded year = 1828
founded date =
seat wl = Platte City
largest city wl = Kansas City
area_total_sq_mi = 427
area_total_km2 = 1106
area_land_sq_mi = 420
area_land_km2 = 1089
area_water_sq_mi = 7
area_water_km2 = 18
area percentage = 1.61%
census yr = 2007
pop = 84881
density_sq_mi = 198.8
density_km2 = 76.7
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
footnotes =
web =
named for = Platte purchase

Platte County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1828 and was named for the Platte purchase, "Platte" being French for a low, shallow, or intermittent stream. As of 2000, the population was 73,781. Its county seat is Platte CityGR|6. This county is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 427 square miles (1,106 km²), of which, 420 square miles (1,089 km²) of it is land and 7 square miles (18 km²) of it (1.61%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Buchanan County (north)
*Clinton County (northeast)
*Clay County (east)
*Wyandotte County, Kansas (south)
*Leavenworth County, Kansas (southwest)
*Atchison County, Kansas (northwest)

Major highways

*Interstate 29
*Interstate 435
*Interstate 635
*U.S. Route 71
*Route 45
*Route 92
*Route 152
*Route 273
*Route 371


As of the censusGR|2 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. 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 according to Census 2000.

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.

Cities and towns


External links

* [ Platte County Government's Website]
* [ Platte County Sheriff's Office Website]

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