Clay County, Missouri

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Clay County, Missouri, saw a growth rate of 33 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 246,365. For more information on Clay County, please visit

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2018

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Language Proficiency

Of the 214,916 people age 5 and older in Clay County, Missouri, 5,378 (or 2.5%) speak English less than very well. Among those residents of Clay County who speak English less than very well, the top five languages spoken are:

Spanish or Spanish Creole 2,117
Vietnamese 909
African languages 487
Arabic 390
Chinese 311

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Educational Attainment

Compared to the KC region, Clay County has a greater number of residents with high school diplomas, some college and associate's degrees. Bachelor degree attainment trends seem to be similar to the region.

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 111,000 jobs in Clay County of those 41,261 are held by Clay County residents, an additional 65,993 non-residents commute in to work. 80,915 residents work outside the county.

Non-Rresidents Commuting into County to Work 65,993
Workers Living and Working in County 41,261
Residents Commuting Out of County to Work 80,915

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2017

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

Employment Trend

Source: Jobs EQ, 2019, Q3

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Employment Centers

This map shows where large concentrations of employers reside within Clay County.

Competitive Industries

Clay County's top 10 competitive industries are listed by their location quotient. A location quotient shows how the county compares in a particular sector to national numbers. A quotient of one means the county has the same percentage of its workers in that industry as the nation. A number below that means the percentage is lower than the national number, and a number greater than one means the county has a higher percentage of workers employed in that sector.

Competitive Industries

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
482 Rail Transportation 6.56 992
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 6.47 8,219
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 3.02 965
322 Paper Manufacturing 2.54 663
713 Amusement, Gambling and Recreation Industries 2.30 3,337
492 Couriers and Messengers 2.00 1,207
484 Truck Transportation 1.97 2,390
532 Rental and Leasing Services 1.94 817
424 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods 1.67 2,638
488 Support Activities for Transportation 1.61 994

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

* TCPU - Transportation, communication and public utilities
** FIRE - Finance, insurance and real estate

The top occupations and skills below were compiled using JobsEQ and are being reported on a quarterly basis.

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

  1. Retail Salespersons
  2. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  3. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  4. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  5. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
  8. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  9. Customer Service Representatives
  10. Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hard
  11. Stock Clerks, Sales Floor
  12. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  13. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive
  14. Driver/Sales Workers
  15. Food Preparation Workers
  16. Cashiers
  17. Licensed Pracitcal and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  18. Computer User Support Specialists
  19. Social and Human Service Assistants
  20. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

On Jan. 2, 2020, there were 4,087 job postings in Clay County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

  1. Verbal and Written Communication
  2. Customer Service
  3. Cooperative/Team Player
  4. Self-Motivated
  5. Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
  6. Organization
  7. Detail Oriented/Meticulous
  8. Ability to Work in a Fast Paced Environment
  9. Accountable/Responsible/Reliable/Dependable/Trustworthy
  10. Problem Solving

Source: JobsEQ 2019, Q3