County Profiles

County Profiles, 2017:

Kansas Missouri

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  • Platte County, Missouri 

    Quick Facts

    2015 Population: 93,394
    Median Household Income: $68,254
    Poverty Rate: 7.7%
    Unemployment Rate:3.6%

    Key Findings

    Platte County fares well compared to the region by most demographic measures. Its median household income is second highest among the 11 counties, and its poverty rate is second lowest. Employment is up, the unemployment rate is down, and the percentage of residents with bachelor’s degrees or higher (40.5 percent) is well over the national average (29.8 percent). As with many other counties, the aging population is rapidly increasing in Platte County, with the number of residents over age 65 growing by nearly 80 percent over the last 15 years. The county has a low rate of uninsured residents — at 8.1 percent — but uninsured rates are considerably higher for minorities and low-income residents. The county has good access to care overall, but medical professionals, like the overall population, are concentrated in the southern portion of the county. The rural communities to the north may have more difficulty finding doctors, dentists and mental health providers.

    Information presented in this county profile is the most currently available as of September 2017.

    County Data








    Leading Causes of Death
    Age-adjusted rate per 100,000 people, 2015. Source: MICA

      Platte Co. Missouri
    Heart disease 148.8 197.5
    Cancer 143.9 173.0
    Chronic lower resp. diseases 51.1 52.7
    Alzheimer's disease 42.5 28.6
    Stroke 27.9 40.6
    Influenza & pneumonia 16.8* 17.8
    Other respiratory disease 15.2 13.4
    Suicide 14.6* 16.9
    Pneumonitis 13.0* 7.3
    Diabetes 13.0* 19.6
      * Sample size too small to ensure accuracy

    Access to Care, 2016

    icon Ratio of Primary Care Physicians per person — 1: 1,200
    icon Ratio of Dentists per person — 1: 1,750
    icon Ratio of Mental Health Providers per person — 1: 1,040
      Source: County Health Rankings


    Health Indicator Trends

    Trends for selected health indicators by county from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings website.


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