Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2014


Missouri had the 16th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first 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 first quarter of 2014 index was 93.7, up from the 2013 annual index of 92.8.

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)
First Quarter 2014
Scaled Map of U.S.

First Quarter 2014 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc
Mississippi 1 87.8 90.1 72.4 86.6 95.4 91.3 95.9
Tennessee 2 89.7 93.5 77.2 91.1 93.5 89.7 96.0
Kentucky 3 90.0 91.2 77.3 98.4 96.5 91.1 94.4
Oklahoma 4 90.4 92.4 79.8 92.2 93.5 96.5 95.2
Indiana 5 90.7 92.5 79.6 93.4 98.9 95.7 94.1
Kansas 6 91.3 91.2 83.3 95.3 93.9 95.6 94.7
Nebraska 7 91.7 95.2 81.2 97.4 95.8 98.8 94.2
Alabama 8 92.4 99.6 78.8 102.7 93.6 88.4 97.1
Iowa 9 92.5 93.3 88.5 91.4 94.0 96.7 94.3
Arkansas 10 92.5 94.0 83.6 97.3 88.8 90.0 99.3
Georgia 11 92.7 101.5 80.0 96.9 96.7 96.4 95.8
Texas 12 92.8 91.0 85.8 92.2 95.7 96.1 97.6
Utah 13 93.0 99.3 89.3 88.4 96.3 91.8 93.8
Wyoming 14 93.2 101.9 91.3 99.2 90.9 96.5 89.6
New Mexico 15 93.4 95.1 80.6 88.4 99.3 96.8 101.7
Missouri 16 93.7 99.4 80.6 106.4 92.7 98.4 97.4
Michigan 17 93.9 92.8 87.7 97.4 99.9 95.5 95.8
Ohio 18 94.1 100.2 82.8 97.9 100.0 95.6 96.7
Idaho 19 94.2 92.2 83.9 97.6 106.7 94.3 97.5
Louisiana 20 95.3 97.4 90.8 91.7 97.7 95.4 98.2
Illinois 21 95.5 96.0 91.2 98.3 102.2 101.2 94.3
South Carolina 22 96.1 104.8 82.7 106.5 93.2 98.9 100.7
Virginia 23 97.0 95.5 92.8 103.9 94.2 97.6 99.7
North Carolina 24 97.8 102.8 86.1 102.3 100.1 104.0 101.7
South Dakota 25 98.3 107.6 102.6 89.7 86.5 93.3 98.9
West Virginia 26 98.6 95.7 95.7 94.8 102.9 94.7 102.1
Montana 27 98.6 103.8 99.1 90.6 93.4 105.7 99.5
Wisconsin 28 98.8 97.6 94.0 102.7 102.6 113.0 98.3
Florida 29 99.7 104.7 93.4 99.2 106.0 101.3 100.1
Grand Total 30 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Nevada 31 100.2 105.0 97.2 86.2 103.2 97.3 104.2
North Dakota 32 100.4 101.9 101.7 87.5 101.8 108.7 100.9
Colorado 33 100.4 100.1 105.1 91.2 101.5 103.3 98.8
Pennsylvania 34 101.6 102.7 96.3 105.1 106.2 92.1 104.0
Minnesota 35 101.8 105.2 96.3 91.3 105.2 102.6 106.4
Arizona 36 101.8 101.2 106.0 95.8 101.1 102.8 100.5
Washington 37 102.6 101.0 107.0 86.4 104.2 113.3 102.4
Delaware 38 105.7 109.1 96.5 110.7 107.5 102.0 110.0
Maine 39 109.7 98.6 122.5 84.1 111.2 119.3 109.7
New Hampshire 40 116.1 94.5 130.7 124.8 102.7 116.7 115.9
Vermont 41 117.2 105.2 140.7 122.7 110.2 106.3 106.1
Maryland 42 117.7 108.3 173.1 102.8 103.4 90.3 91.7
Rhode Island 43 120.9 105.1 130.9 126.3 105.4 118.3 124.0
Massachusetts 44 121.3 107.7 132.9 123.9 116.2 115.5 119.8
Oregon 45 121.7 116.4 155.6 93.0 108.1 112.9 112.3
Connecticut 46 125.2 124.0 136.1 116.3 119.0 120.4 122.8
California 47 127.1 113.6 176.7 113.6 111.1 109.7 106.2
New Jersey 48 127.6 108.2 167.7 117.3 112.4 104.3 116.1
Alaska 49 131.8 128.4 147.0 161.7 115.0 144.8 116.8
New York 50 132.2 110.6 193.3 106.8 112.9 103.0 112.1
District of Columbia 51 139.6 111.7 249.4 97.0 103.7 95.9 97.4
Hawaii 52 162.9 159.7 213.1 227.8 125.3 113.3 126.6
Grand Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0



Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities First Quarter 2014
Metro
Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO 89.6 94.2 74.2 117.7 89.7 92.4 90.9
Jefferson City MO 91.5 99.2 78.5 98.2 91.7 94.9 96.1
Springfield MO 92.4 97.0 74.1 96.6 91.9 101.8 102.5
St. Louis MO-IL 93.4 107.7 72.6 115.6 95.6 100.5 95.3
Missouri 93.7 99.4 80.6 106.4 92.7 98.4 97.4
Columbia MO 94.8 94.6 90.3 98.0 89.7 101.1 98.4
Kansas City MO-KS 100.3 103.9 94.2 112.3 97.8 99.5 101.0
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

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