Platte County, Missouri

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Platte County, Missouri
Platte-courthouse.jpg
Platte County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Platte County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States 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 427 sq mi (1,106 km2)
 • Land 420 sq mi (1,088 km2)
 • Water 6.6 sq mi (17 km2), 1.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 96,096
 • Density 213/sq mi (82/km²)
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. As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,322.[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.)

Platte County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area and contains some of the city's northwestern suburbs. 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[edit]

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[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
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%
Est. 2016 98,309 [6] 10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[11] 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[edit]

Public schools[edit]

  • North Platte County R-I School DistrictDearborn
    • North Platte County Elementary School (PK-03)
    • North Platte County Intermediate School (04-06)
    • North Platte County Junior High School (07-08)
    • North Platte County High School (09-12)
  • Park Hill School DistrictKansas City
    • Park Hill Day School (K-12) – (Special Education)
    • 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)
    • Park Hill Early Childhood 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 (07-08)
    • Lakeview Middle School (07-08)
    • Plaza Middle School (06)
    • Park Hill High School (09-12) -- within Kansas City city limits
    • Park Hill South High School (09-12) – Riverside
  • Platte County R-III School DistrictPlatte City
    • Donald D. Siegrist Elementary School (PK-03)
    • Pathfinder Elementary School (PK-02)
    • Rising Star Elementary School (K)
    • Barry Elementary School (03-08)
    • Paxton Elementary School (04-05)
    • 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[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
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

Platte County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives — District 11 — Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Galen Wayne Higdon, Jr. 2,690 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 11 — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Galen Wayne Higdon, Jr. 1,298 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 11 — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Galen Wayne Higdon, Jr. 2,454 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 12 — Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kenneth Wilson 3,125 62.75% -3.10
Democratic Sandy Van Wagner 1,696 34.06% -0.09
Libertarian Glenn Gustitus 159 3.19% +3.19
Missouri House of Representatives — District 12 — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kenneth Wilson 1,666 65.85% -34.15
Democratic Sandy Van Wagner 864 34.15% +34.15
Missouri House of Representatives — District 12 — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kenneth Wilson 4,025 "100.00%
  • District 13 — Nick Marshall (R-Parkville). Consists of the communities of Farley, Ferrelview, Parkville, Waldron, Weatherby Lake, and a part of the city of Kansas City.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 13 — Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nick Marshall 12,440 59.02% -40.98
Democratic Tyler McCall 8,636 40.98% +40.98
Missouri House of Representatives — District 13 — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nick Marshall 7,539 100.00% +38.04
Missouri House of Representatives — District 13 — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nick Marshall 11,712 61.96%
Democratic Gerry Byrne 7,192 38.04
  • District 14 – Kevin Corlew (R-Kansas City). Consists of the communities of Houston Lake, Lake Waukomis, Northmoor, Platte Woods, Riverside, and part of the city of Kansas City.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 14 — Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Corlew 10,084 52.66% -3.55
Democratic Martin T. Rucker II 9,067 47.34% +3.55
Missouri House of Representatives — District 14 — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kevin Corlew 4,812 56.21% +1.40
Democratic Stephanie Isaacson 3,749 43.79 -1.40
Missouri House of Representatives — District 14 — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ron Schieber 9,459 54.81%
Democratic Eric Pendell 7,799 45.19%

All of Platte County is a part of Missouri’s 34th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Rob Schaaf (R-St. Joseph).

Missouri Senate — District 34 — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Rob Schaaf 13,071 59.26%
Democratic Martin T. Rucker 8,987 40.74%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 22,929 46.76% +6.99
Democratic Jason Kander 23,795 48.52% -3.96
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 1,413 2.88% -4.87
Green Johnathan McFarland 530 1.08% +1.08
Constitution Fred Ryman 371 0.76% +0.76
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 17,870 39.77%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 23,578 52.48%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 3,480 7.75%

All of Platte County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Platte County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Graves 29,596 60.91% -1.12
Democratic David M. Blackwell 17,016 35.02% +1.33
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 1,321 2.72% -1.56
Green Mike Diel 653 1.34% +1.34
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 6th Congressional District — Platte County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Graves 13,780 62.03% -0.01
Democratic Bill Hedge 7,483 33.69% -1.66
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 951 4.28% +1.67
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 6th Congressional District — Platte County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Graves 27,641 62.04%
Democratic Kyle Yarber 15,753 35.35%
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 1,162 2.61%
Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 52.3% 25,933 40.4% 20,057 7.3% 3,618
2012 56.0% 25,618 42.0% 19,175 2.0% 917
2008 52.4% 24,460 46.0% 21,459 1.6% 721
2004 55.5% 23,302 43.9% 18,412 0.6% 256
2000 52.2% 17,785 45.0% 15,325 2.8% 944
1996 45.4% 13,332 43.2% 12,705 11.4% 3,352
1992 31.8% 9,380 37.0% 10,920 31.1% 9,178
1988 51.2% 11,838 48.5% 11,225 0.3% 66
1984 62.6% 12,859 37.4% 7,668
1980 53.8% 10,092 39.1% 7,342 7.1% 1,322
1976 47.5% 8,103 50.7% 8,651 1.8% 300
1972 67.7% 8,764 32.3% 4,183
1968 42.7% 4,836 41.2% 4,665 16.0% 1,815
1964 33.2% 3,059 66.8% 6,143
1960 44.9% 4,771 55.1% 5,860
1956 40.6% 3,596 59.5% 5,271
1952 42.4% 3,390 57.5% 4,604 0.1% 9
1948 27.3% 1,644 72.4% 4,354 0.3% 16
1944 38.5% 2,344 61.4% 3,741 0.1% 8
1940 35.4% 2,545 64.4% 4,635 0.2% 13
1936 26.7% 1,787 73.0% 4,884 0.3% 20
1932 18.2% 1,160 81.5% 5,179 0.3% 19
1928 41.9% 2,423 57.9% 3,344 0.2% 10
1924 34.8% 1,999 64.0% 3,674 1.2% 71
1920 28.3% 1,724 71.5% 4,361 0.3% 17
1916 23.5% 921 76.0% 2,974 0.5% 20
1912 14.8% 510 73.6% 2,535 11.6% 400
1908 25.8% 982 73.5% 2,795 0.6% 24
1904 27.1% 953 72.0% 2,537 0.9% 32
1900 24.5% 997 74.9% 3,052 0.7% 28
1896 24.5% 1,044 74.8% 3,191 0.7% 31
1892 23.7% 885 71.4% 2,664 4.9% 183
1888 26.8% 1,010 72.2% 2,727 1.0% 38

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 5,434, than any candidate from either party in Platte County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Platte County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 2,793 (33.49%)
Mike Huckabee 1,825 (21.88%)
Mitt Romney 3,109 (37.27%)
Ron Paul 472 (5.66%)
Platte County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 5,434 (50.07%)
Barack Obama 5,158 (47.53%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 192 (1.77%)

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Platte County History". Platte County, Missouri. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ Soil Survey (Platte County, Missouri ed.). U.S. Dept of Agriculture. 1923. p. 2. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Mid-Continent Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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