Cost of Living Data Series
Second Quarter 2016


Missouri had the 8th lowest cost of living in the United States for the second quarter of 2016. In general, the most expensive areas to live were Hawaii, Alaska, the Northeast, 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 index for the second quarter of 2016 was 89.9, slightly down from the 2015 second quarter index of 91.6.

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 (Scaled)
Second Quarter 2016
Scaled Map of U.S.

Cost of Living Map


 

Second Quarter 2016 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 84.4 94.3 64.8 88.4 93.8 89.0 92.0
Indiana 2 87.2 92.9 74.7 90.5 92.0 94.5 92.0
Idaho 3 87.4 85.2 75.5 87.3 102.9 102.8 91.1
Oklahoma 4 87.9 92.9 75.5 94.3 87.3 93.4 93.9
Arkansas 5 88.1 93.2 76.5 96.7 91.3 87.0 92.4
Kansas 6 89.7 93.5 77.0 93.9 90.8 95.6 96.4
Tennessee 7 89.9 93.7 76.0 92.8 91.1 90.6 98.7
Missouri 8 89.9 96.5 73.8 101.9 93.1 97.2 95.1
Texas 9 89.9 88.7 83.1 95.2 92.0 94.5 93.3
Kentucky 10 90.3 89.1 78.9 90.3 99.8 88.8 97.7
Nebraska 11 90.4 96.4 84.0 88.4 92.0 98.6 92.4
Alabama 12 90.6 97.3 72.9 105.7 92.5 87.1 98.2
Michigan 13 90.7 91.0 82.0 95.3 97.0 97.3 93.4
Wyoming 14 90.9 100.4 81.9 97.8 95.6 100.2 89.9
Georgia 15 91.2 99.9 73.2 92.3 95.1 102.5 99.9
Utah 16 91.4 96.0 83.4 88.8 103.3 87.7 93.5
Iowa 17 91.5 95.2 79.5 93.9 101.3 98.4 95.2
Ohio 18 92.8 102.5 77.5 89.4 102.5 95.2 99.5
North Carolina 19 93.5 98.5 80.4 97.6 93.9 104.3 99.9
Louisiana 20 93.5 96.3 86.4 90.8 93.0 96.1 99.1
Illinois 21 94.8 95.1 88.1 95.6 103.9 100.4 96.2
West Virginia 22 95.0 99.9 89.2 89.6 97.0 91.5 99.3
Wisconsin 23 95.1 97.5 85.1 97.2 102.7 112.3 97.3
New Mexico 24 95.2 105.8 92.6 84.2 97.1 100.6 95.1
North Dakota 25 97.6 104.0 94.0 83.7 97.0 112.2 100.8
Florida 26 97.8 99.8 91.9 105.6 101.7 94.7 98.6
South Dakota 27 98.2 96.1 100.0 104.5 95.0 100.8 96.3
Arizona 28 98.5 100.3 97.5 99.2 101.7 100.1 97.1
South Carolina 29 99.1 104.6 88.6 106.0 94.6 101.3 104.8
Montana 30 99.6 97.9 106.6 97.5 95.4 103.9 95.7
Colorado 31 99.7 99.6 106.5 86.9 97.6 104.6 98.0
Minnesota 32 100.2 101.3 93.9 93.7 98.6 108.9 106.7
Virginia 33 101.3 95.4 108.9 99.5 94.2 101.7 100.3
Delaware 34 101.8 101.5 92.6 109.8 104.0 95.7 107.2
Nevada 35 103.4 102.8 102.3 90.6 117.9 105.3 103.6
Pennsylvania 36 103.5 101.9 105.4 113.6 109.4 91.3 99.1
Washington 37 106.9 108.0 106.6 98.5 111.2 117.6 106.5
Maine 38 112.3 110.7 119.5 105.8 110.9 107.8 109.8
Oregon 39 113.6 104.1 133.3 87.7 110.2 103.0 111.4
New Jersey 40 119.1 102.8 145.8 107.8 107.1 97.6 113.2
New Hampshire 41 120.7 121.3 119.9 127.4 111.7 114.1 123.0
Vermont 42 121.3 107.4 148.3 121.7 110.8 104.3 109.5
Rhode Island 43 122.5 111.6 133.2 144.2 106.0 107.7 118.6
Maryland 44 125.0 114.9 174.1 101.0 107.8 93.6 104.6
Massachusetts 45 126.4 109.3 153.8 130.2 108.0 120.3 115.9
Alaska 46 131.0 137.9 140.3 139.3 124.4 144.4 118.2
Connecticut 47 131.4 132.7 154.7 120.4 114.2 115.8 122.4
New York 48 133.7 109.6 194.0 102.6 112.0 101.8 113.4
California 49 142.7 118.6 215.4 112.8 130.0 109.9 108.5
District of Columbia 50 148.4 116.8 228.8 117.6 108.3 99.8 122.2
Hawaii 51 167.3 154.3 230.5 208.4 130.3 113.1 125.6
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
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All of the participating Missouri cities had a composite index below the national average for the second quarter of 2016. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the second quarter was Springfield, with an index of 86.5. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 92.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities, Second Quarter 2016
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Springfield MO Metro 86.5 91.8 71.9 94.9 89.3 97.7 91.6
Joplin MO Metro 87.4 91.5 68.4 120.8 91.9 91.4 89.4
Missouri 89.9 96.5 73.8 101.9 93.1 97.2 95.1
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 89.9 104.1 69.4 110.4 98.1 95.9 91.7
Jefferson City MO Metro 90.7 94.3 74.3 100.5 95.6 99.8 97.4
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 92.3 100.4 78.1 83.8 93.6 98.0 102.6
Columbia MO Metro 92.5 97.0 80.7 100.8 90.3 100.2 97.8
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0


Cost of Living Bar Chart of Top Mo Metros

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