Facts About Platte County, Missouri
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. Its county seat is Platte City. The county was organized December 31, 1838 from the Platte Purchase, named for the Platte River.
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.
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. The county's southwestern border with Kansas is formed by the Missouri River.
As of the census 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.
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