Cost of Living Data Series
Second Quarter 2014


Missouri had the 17th lowest cost of living in the United States for the second quarter of 2014. In general, the most expensive areas to live were New England, Alaska, Hawaii, and the West Coast. The least expensive areas were the Midwest and Southern States.

MERIC derives the cost of living index for each state by averaging the indices of participating cities and metropolitan areas in that state. Missouri’s cost of living for the second quarter of 2014 index was 93.4, down from the 2013 annual index of 93.8.

Cities across the nation participate in the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) survey on a volunteer basis. Price information in the survey is governed by C2ER collection guidelines which strive for uniformity.

Composite Cost of Living Map of United States


Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
Second Quarter 2014
Scaled Map of U.S.

Second Quarter 2014 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc
Mississippi 1 86.2 90.1 71.8 86.8 94.9 91.3 91.8
Tennessee 2 89.3 93.5 76.3 91.8 93.8 89.4 95.4
Idaho 3 90.0 93.1 75.0 85.7 100.8 101.1 96.0
Oklahoma 4 90.6 92.6 79.5 95.2 94.4 95.5 94.9
Indiana 5 90.9 92.3 79.6 94.6 100.2 94.8 94.0
Utah 6 91.6 96.9 86.1 88.7 94.4 92.0 93.7
Arkansas 7 91.8 91.4 83.9 96.1 90.7 87.1 98.0
Kentucky 8 92.0 93.9 78.1 98.5 101.8 92.6 96.5
Michigan 9 92.1 94.8 80.3 97.3 100.2 95.1 95.0
New Mexico 10 92.1 94.6 77.4 89.5 100.9 98.8 99.0
Nebraska 11 92.3 97.2 82.9 97.1 95.5 97.3 94.2
Alabama 12 92.4 99.8 79.4 100.6 95.0 86.9 96.9
Texas 13 92.5 90.1 84.3 94.2 96.7 94.7 97.4
Kansas 14 92.5 94.4 84.6 96.8 94.2 97.4 95.3
Iowa 15 92.8 94.5 87.2 90.7 96.6 96.8 95.0
Georgia 16 92.9 100.9 80.3 93.7 97.7 95.8 97.0
Missouri 17 93.4 98.9 79.4 106.2 95.7 98.0 96.9
Wyoming 18 94.0 96.6 95.2 99.4 91.6 98.8 90.6
Louisiana 19 94.0 98.1 88.1 91.1 96.0 95.3 97.0
Ohio 20 94.3 99.9 83.0 100.0 101.1 96.5 96.2
South Carolina 21 95.7 105.4 81.4 106.1 94.3 98.3 99.8
West Virginia 22 96.0 95.2 94.6 91.4 100.2 97.3 96.9
Illinois 23 96.2 96.8 92.5 94.4 105.9 101.4 94.8
North Carolina 24 97.0 103.0 86.1 100.0 98.5 106.5 100.2
Virginia 25 97.1 97.2 92.0 103.4 92.8 99.0 100.4
Wisconsin 26 97.5 98.0 88.7 98.9 102.2 109.9 100.2
Montana 27 99.4 102.9 111.6 87.9 86.2 105.1 96.1
Florida 28 99.8 103.6 95.1 102.0 103.1 98.3 100.1
Arizona 29 100.0 100.9 100.5 97.0 98.4 101.9 100.5
Nevada 30 100.8 106.7 95.6 86.5 106.6 96.7 105.1
South Dakota 31 100.8 103.1 104.5 96.9 92.6 98.6 101.4
Colorado 32 101.2 96.1 110.9 91.0 99.4 103.7 99.0
North Dakota 33 101.4 103.4 105.2 92.3 101.2 107.9 99.2
Minnesota 34 101.6 105.5 97.1 87.4 100.7 104.5 107.9
Pennsylvania 35 101.9 102.7 98.7 110.0 100.5 96.0 103.1
Washington 36 104.2 101.8 110.0 87.2 106.4 115.7 103.2
Delaware 37 105.4 108.7 96.0 114.0 103.0 100.8 110.4
Maine 38 108.1 96.8 118.5 83.6 107.8 122.0 110.0
New Hampshire 39 114.8 100.9 125.2 124.7 97.4 119.0 115.3
Maryland 40 117.5 108.6 170.6 100.9 101.6 90.9 94.1
Vermont 41 117.6 103.7 140.4 124.0 107.9 108.1 108.5
Rhode Island 42 122.4 108.2 135.1 124.8 104.0 119.2 124.9
Oregon 43 123.8 113.8 158.9 91.9 113.3 115.5 114.9
New Jersey 44 124.0 103.7 160.5 114.4 107.4 105.4 115.4
Massachusetts 45 124.1 109.3 153.6 116.5 108.6 113.5 116.5
California 46 127.8 115.3 176.1 111.9 115.8 111.7 106.4
New York 47 131.8 111.7 189.8 106.5 111.3 105.1 113.7
Alaska 48 132.2 130.5 149.4 160.1 108.6 144.6 118.0
District of Columbia 49 138.2 108.7 242.5 96.6 103.7 97.7 99.5
Connecticut 50 141.6 115.1 204.4 128.8 117.0 107.9 121.2
Hawaii 51 158.9 157.4 206.0 224.9 125.3 113.3 122.0
Grand Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0


All of the participating Missouri cities had a composite index below the national average for the second quarter of 2014. The city that had the lowest index for the year was Joplin with an index of 88.1. The city with the highest index was Kansas City with an index of 101.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities Second Quarter 2014
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO 88.1 93.2 72.8 118.1 93.2 91.1 86.5
Springfield MO 89.9 96.9 73.1 98.2 99.2 97.9 93.0
Jefferson City MO 93.1 100.5 78.3 99.5 94.2 95.0 99.1
St. Louis MO-IL 93.1 104.2 72.4 114.1 97.2 101.9 95.8
Missouri 93.4 98.9 79.4 106.2 95.7 98.0 96.9
Columbia MO 94.9 95.9 86.0 96.9 94.8 102.5 99.8
Kansas City MO-KS 101.5 102.7 93.5 110.5 95.7 99.3 107.1
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 


Cost of Living Bar Chart of Top US States

Counties with the lowest composite indices for the year 2013 were Shannon County (93.3), DeKalb (93.7) and Wright County (93.7). Counties with the highest indices were St. Louis County (109.2) followed by St. Louis City (107.5) and Platte County (101.5).

2013 Composite Cost of Living Index

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