Cost of Living Data Series
Annual Average 2013


Missouri had the 16th lowest cost of living in the United States for the year. 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 2013 annual index was 92.8, down from the 2012 annual index of 93.0.

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


Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
Annual Average 2013
Scaled Map of U.S.

2013 Annual Average Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc
Mississippi 1 89.1 87.8 76.3 93.2 96.6 91.6 95.2
Nebraska 2 89.5 87.1 80.9 94.9 95.1 93.6 92.9
Idaho 3 89.8 83.2 78.0 93.8 101.3 99.3 94.7
Kentucky 4 90.1 85.8 78.8 98.5 97.1 94.1 94.8
Tennessee 5 90.2 88.2 80.2 89.4 93.4 89.7 97.8
Oklahoma 6 90.4 88.5 81.7 91.6 95.2 96.0 94.9
Indiana 7 90.6 86.4 81.3 91.1 99.0 97.3 95.1
Utah 8 91.1 89.5 83.2 84.2 97.2 92.5 97.5
Arkansas 9 91.6 89.7 83.1 95.7 92.5 87.2 98.1
Texas 10 91.8 87.4 84.3 93.7 96.4 95.4 96.8
Kansas 11 92.0 87.3 84.7 94.7 94.0 94.3 97.7
Iowa 12 92.1 87.2 88.2 91.6 97.8 95.4 94.6
New Mexico 13 92.3 89.3 87.5 88.5 100.2 97.5 94.8
Alabama 14 92.4 93.8 78.5 103.8 94.0 86.7 99.7
Ohio 15 92.5 91.6 82.8 96.8 100.0 94.1 96.0
Missouri 16 92.8 92.4 80.2 105.4 95.9 97.1 97.4
Georgia 17 92.9 91.7 81.9 100.3 97.4 98.0 97.3
Michigan 18 94.8 84.8 89.2 102.8 103.5 96.7 97.3
Louisiana 19 95.0 94.1 92.4 92.7 97.1 96.3 97.1
Nevada 20 95.5 93.6 94.6 79.2 102.2 98.6 98.8
South Carolina 21 95.6 100.1 82.6 105.8 95.0 98.9 100.7
Illinois 22 95.6 89.4 91.0 97.6 104.6 99.5 97.3
North Carolina 23 95.9 101.5 86.2 99.2 96.5 105.7 98.6
Virginia 24 96.2 92.5 93.4 101.8 92.9 98.3 99.2
Wisconsin 25 96.5 91.3 89.4 102.2 100.4 111.0 98.9
Wyoming 26 96.7 99.4 97.1 100.0 91.2 104.0 95.3
West Virginia 27 97.2 91.9 95.4 97.9 104.6 97.7 97.5
Florida 28 98.2 96.6 95.1 97.1 103.2 99.0 99.4
Montana 29 98.4 96.7 99.6 92.1 93.8 106.9 100.6
Colorado 30 99.5 93.5 105.8 94.5 98.9 101.9 98.4
South Dakota 31 99.6 91.4 106.8 98.2 93.7 96.8 100.3
North Dakota 32 99.9 96.0 102.3 83.5 101.2 111.1 102.5
Pennsylvania 33 100.7 99.1 96.6 111.0 102.2 95.9 101.6
Arizona 34 101.9 96.8 108.6 95.3 99.8 100.6 101.5
Minnesota 35 101.9 107.2 97.2 95.8 101.4 104.1 105.2
Washington 36 102.6 95.4 105.9 89.2 107.2 116.0 103.2
Oregon 37 106.8 96.8 116.4 96.7 114.9 113.4 102.2
Delaware 38 107.2 111.6 99.8 116.2 105.0 101.5 110.1
Maine 39 110.6 103.3 120.4 85.4 110.0 122.1 111.8
Maryland 40 119.9 106.2 176.8 109.2 100.6 96.0 94.7
Vermont 41 120.5 111.2 145.1 128.5 110.1 107.7 108.4
New Hampshire 42 120.7 98.8 138.9 122.7 101.5 117.9 122.4
Massachusetts 43 122.1 110.2 137.4 131.0 104.2 125.0 118.6
Rhode Island 44 125.7 107.2 139.8 133.1 104.5 118.5 129.0
California 45 128.1 106.0 187.0 108.3 113.1 109.7 104.9
New Jersey 46 130.0 114.0 170.1 129.6 109.9 105.7 116.1
Alaska 47 131.4 120.5 144.9 162.5 116.3 146.1 119.3
Connecticut 48 132.6 115.2 166.2 120.7 119.3 118.8 123.8
New York 49 136.4 108.7 204.3 113.2 111.7 104.1 115.3
District of Columbia 50 140.1 108.2 249.3 104.1 105.8 98.8 96.9
Hawaii 51 156.9 157.6 209.7 192.8 128.6 113.8 121.1
Grand Total 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0



Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities 2013 Annual Average
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Springfield MO 88.6 90.1 75.1 92.6 92.7 100.8 93.9
Joplin MO 88.8 85.6 73.8 117.0 95.8 96.0 89.7
Jefferson City MO 90.2 92.2 77.3 100.4 91.0 86.2 96.9
Missouri 92.8 92.4 80.2 105.4 95.9 97.1 97.4
St. Louis MO-IL 94.3 98.9 74.0 113.4 102.7 101.4 98.2
Columbia MO 96.0 91.5 88.9 98.1 94.5 101.9 102.4
Kansas City MO-KS 99.2 95.8 92.3 110.6 98.5 96.5 103.3
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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