Platte County Provides Best Quality of Life in Missouri

PCEDC Staff News

Platte County ranked #1 out of 115 counties in Missouri for quality of life in a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Platte also ranked second highest for health factors.

The 2016 County Health Rankings compares differences on a broad range of indicators that affect quality of life and health among almost every county throughout the US. Platte County’s top ranking reflects residents’ high priority on health as evidenced by their support for parks, schools, roads, alternate transportation, and safe neighborhoods where they live and work.

Platte County supports an economic environment that results in safe neighborhoods and healthy business sectors – retail, office, and industrial – including the KCI Airport. Public investment in a reliable transportation network contributes directly to private investment that results in resident happiness.

Platte County’s unique quality of life provides the perfect complement to excellent business opportunities,” noted Alicia Stephens, Executive Director of the Platte County Economic Development Council. “It’s all about choices – the choice of a competitive location for business AND a choice place that provides a unique work-life balance. Platte County’s quality of life ranking equates to accessibility, amenities, education, safety and most important – working together toward the common goal of making Platte County a premier location.”

The County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), compares counties within each state on more than 30 factors impacting health such as education, jobs, housing, exercise, commuting times, and more. Over the past seven years the Rankings, available at, have become an important tool for local communities working to build a Culture of Health.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are working with others to build a national Culture of Health enabling everyone in America to live longer, healthier lives. For more information, visit