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Platte City, Missouri
Location of Platte City, Missouri
Location of Platte City, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Platte
 • Total 4.10 sq mi (10.62 km2)
 • Land 4.07 sq mi (10.55 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total 4,691
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,216.85/sq mi (469.86/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-58178
GNIS feature ID 0730178
Website Platte City

Platte City is a city in and the county seat of Platte County, Missouri within the United States. It is a northern suburb of Kansas City. The population was 4,691 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Platte County Courthouse in Platte City was built after the original courthouse was destroyed in the Burning 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 at the Red Crown Tourist Court.

Platte City was founded by Zadock "Zed" Martin and was incorporated as a city in September 1843.

On December 16, 1861, Colonel W. James Morgan's Union Squad razed Platte City, including the courthouse.

The Platte County Fair held annually just outside Platte City began in 1863 and is the oldest continuously operating fair west of the Mississippi River.

On April 3, 1882, Jesse James planned a robbery of the Platte City bank, but it was never carried out due to his assassination by Robert Ford on the morning of the raid.

On July 19, 1933 Bonnie & Clyde were ambushed by, and engaged in, a shootout with local authorities just south of Platte City at the Red Crown Tourist Court.

The Frederick Krause Mansion and Platte County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Platte City is located at 39°21′42″N 94°46′29″W / 39.36167°N 94.77472°W / 39.36167; -94.77472 (39.361775, -94.774672). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.65 square miles (9.45 km2), of which, 3.61 square miles (9.35 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 495
1860 875 76.8%
1870 599 −31.5%
1880 670 11.9%
1890 706 5.4%
1900 744 5.4%
1910 763 2.6%
1920 558 −26.9%
1930 587 5.2%
1940 675 15.0%
1950 742 9.9%
1960 1,188 60.1%
1970 2,022 70.2%
1980 2,114 4.5%
1990 2,947 39.4%
2000 3,866 31.2%
2010 4,691 21.3%
2019 (est.) 4,955 5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,691 people, 1,975 households, and 1,174 families living in the city. The population density was 1,299.4 inhabitants per square mile (501.7/km2). There were 2,214 housing units at an average density of 613.3 per square mile (236.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 88.9% White, 4.6% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.6% from other races, and 2.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 1,975 households, of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.7% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 35.2 years. 24.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.4% male and 49.6% female.


Platte City is accessible via Interstate 29 at exit 18.


Platte County R-3 School District operates three elementary schools, two middle schools and Platte County High School.

Platte City has a public library, a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library.

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