Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2015


Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first quarter of 2015. 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 2015 index was 91.5, down from the first quarter of 2014 index of 93.7.

Cities across the nation participate in ACCRA's survey on a volunteer basis. Price information in the survey is governed by ACCRA collection guidelines which strive for uniformity.

Composite Cost of Living Map of United States
*No new data was available for the state of New Mexico




Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
First Quarter 2015
Scaled Map of U.S.


First Quarter 2015 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 83.7 92.8 69.5 85.8 91.9 92.3 87.2
Idaho 2 88.2 94.9 75.4 87.4 93.2 103.4 92.8
Oklahoma 3 89.1 97.1 78.9 95.4 86.2 95.3 92.9
Indiana 4 89.6 92.2 78.6 93.3 93.1 94.7 94.9
Kentucky 5 90.0 95.8 76.4 91.8 97.2 95.3 95.3
Tennessee 6 90.4 92.4 79.0 91.5 93.1 88.9 98.3
Alabama 7 90.7 98.3 76.2 98.9 92.1 85.4 97.7
Michigan 8 90.9 91.9 78.9 100.2 96.7 96.0 95.1
Arkansas 9 91.3 94.6 81.1 102.2 91.6 88.3 95.7
Georgia 10 91.5 100.2 77.3 96.5 96.0 94.3 96.3
Missouri 11 91.5 95.2 78.3 104.1 86.5 97.0 98.7
Kansas 12 91.9 92.6 82.1 97.7 88.6 96.3 98.9
Texas 13 92.4 90.2 85.8 93.9 94.6 96.0 97.3
Utah 14 92.5 95.7 84.5 89.6 102.0 89.3 95.8
Iowa 15 92.5 95.1 85.3 99.3 97.3 96.0 93.2
Wyoming 16 92.7 97.3 91.3 99.9 86.6 101.1 90.8
Ohio 17 93.0 99.5 82.3 100.9 94.8 96.3 95.8
Nebraska 18 93.3 99.5 85.4 90.6 98.1 100.8 95.3
Louisiana 19 93.8 96.6 91.2 87.5 93.8 95.2 96.6
Virginia 20 95.4 94.1 90.5 99.7 92.9 98.6 99.6
South Carolina 21 95.5 108.6 80.2 104.2 93.3 100.0 100.8
North Carolina 22 96.3 100.2 84.1 100.3 102.1 103.8 100.7
Arizona 23 96.3 97.5 92.7 99.0 98.9 100.3 96.7
Illinois 24 96.3 98.7 90.3 101.0 97.0 100.7 98.3
Wisconsin 25 97.8 100.4 89.2 102.5 99.5 112.0 100.0
North Dakota 26 100.1 105.3 101.3 90.4 99.6 109.4 98.7
Minnesota 27 100.9 107.2 96.6 87.3 98.1 107.8 106.7
Florida 28 101.2 104.9 98.3 102.5 105.5 97.3 100.6
South Dakota 29 101.3 105.3 117.9 87.0 90.6 93.2 94.8
Montana 30 102.1 101.0 113.1 85.8 93.5 105.6 100.9
Colorado 31 102.2 98.2 112.2 87.9 98.7 103.5 101.1
Delaware 32 103.1 105.0 94.5 114.2 98.7 102.2 107.9
Washington 33 104.1 101.7 109.7 82.9 107.9 116.2 103.8
Pennsylvania 34 104.2 104.9 99.4 112.1 112.3 96.7 103.4
West Virginia 35 104.8 94.9 107.0 93.3 107.1 95.6 111.4
Nevada 36 105.4 111.1 99.9 94.0 110.9 103.4 109.7
Maine 37 115.8 100.7 122.0 119.2 129.4 112.5 111.1
New Hampshire 38 117.4 102.9 123.1 136.5 106.3 116.3 116.9
Maryland 39 120.2 111.7 175.3 98.7 108.5 87.7 91.4
Rhode Island 40 123.3 111.3 134.7 126.3 110.5 116.8 123.3
Vermont 41 123.6 108.5 152.3 122.6 128.3 107.3 105.8
New Jersey 42 124.2 108.6 161.5 97.6 110.7 108.7 114.2
Massachusetts 43 126.2 113.5 156.6 125.8 117.0 111.4 110.7
Oregon 44 128.5 116.3 166.1 88.5 111.4 113.8 122.2
Connecticut 45 134.7 125.2 170.2 130.0 104.8 116.9 123.2
New York 46 136.1 107.0 195.6 108.1 125.6 105.4 113.9
Alaska 47 137.0 128.3 148.9 159.4 146.0 143.0 118.7
California 48 138.2 117.0 202.8 116.2 125.0 109.5 106.7
District of Columbia 49 143.3 111.8 244.6 97.6 121.4 94.3 97.9
Hawaii 50 170.8 155.9 225.3 227.4 153.1 111.3 126.2
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 first quarter of 2015. The city that had the lowest index for the year was Joplin with an index of 88.0. The city with the highest index for 2015 was Kansas City with an index of 94.8.



Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities First Quarter 2015
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO 88.0 88.5 70.1 118.6 87.2 90.3 93.6
Springfield MO 89.8 100.0 71.7 103.0 83.0 94.2 99.0
Jefferson City MO 91.1 96.4 77.8 99.4 87.1 98.6 98.4
Missouri 91.5 95.2 78.3 104.1 86.5 97.0 98.7
St. Louis MO-IL 91.8 101.3 71.7 114.3 91.6 101.1 96.7
Columbia MO 93.6 96.3 86.6 96.6 83.0 98.7 101.0
Kansas City MO-KS 94.8 88.8 91.7 92.5 87.3 98.8 103.3
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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