Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2018


Missouri had the 6th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first quarter of 2018. 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 first quarter of 2018 was 88.9.

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.


Cost of Living Map


First Quarter 2018 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 84.0 91.3 68.5 89.9 93.0 88.6 89.1
Oklahoma 2 88.3 94.9 74.0 96.9 90.8 93.5 93.5
Michigan 3 88.7 86.3 76.7 94.5 100.0 93.5 94.1
Arkansas 4 88.8 91.8 75.9 90.2 91.3 88.0 97.0
Alabama 5 88.8 95.8 72.1 106.1 91.2 85.9 94.4
Missouri 6 88.9 97.2 73.0 100.3 93.9 97.7 92.8
Tennessee 7 89.4 93.3 78.4 95.0 91.1 88.2 95.0
Kansas 8 89.5 91.6 76.2 102.8 96.7 96.4 92.8
Georgia 9 90.8 99.1 74.9 96.5 99.2 96.7 96.0
Texas 10 91.3 90.3 83.7 101.1 93.8 95.9 94.0
Wyoming 11 91.4 105.7 81.9 92.5 98.7 94.5 91.1
Indiana 12 91.5 91.0 78.9 96.9 98.3 96.3 97.9
Iowa 13 91.9 94.3 78.9 99.1 98.6 96.3 97.1
Kentucky 14 92.6 90.3 80.8 93.8 98.7 92.5 101.2
Idaho 15 92.7 93.0 86.2 87.6 102.0 101.3 95.7
Ohio 16 92.7 101.0 76.2 91.7 98.5 95.4 101.3
New Mexico 17 92.9 106.9 82.4 89.2 97.3 104.3 94.3
Nebraska 18 93.4 95.8 87.7 91.1 102.4 100.2 94.6
Louisiana 19 93.4 101.2 85.5 89.5 94.3 94.8 97.6
North Carolina 20 93.9 97.6 82.7 95.0 96.1 107.0 98.9
Arizona 21 94.6 99.3 88.3 108.4 97.1 94.8 93.4
Wisconsin 22 96.3 97.7 87.9 95.9 103.4 116.1 98.3
Utah 23 96.6 99.8 92.9 94.6 96.2 98.9 98.6
Illinois 24 96.7 96.9 89.6 99.0 105.9 99.1 99.0
West Virginia 25 96.8 103.1 90.7 87.2 93.9 93.2 103.3
South Carolina 26 98.3 101.9 87.2 108.9 91.8 101.3 104.2
Florida 27 98.9 104.7 97.5 100.5 99.9 96.2 97.4
North Dakota 28 99.0 104.6 93.6 93.4 107.2 113.2 98.7
Minnesota 29 100.2 106.1 89.0 95.1 102.9 112.9 106.2
Pennsylvania 30 101.2 104.7 98.4 105.8 110.0 92.0 99.7
South Dakota 31 101.2 98.8 115.9 90.6 90.2 101.0 96.1
Virginia 32 102.1 96.8 111.4 98.2 91.3 100.4 100.6
Montana 33 103.9 107.4 106.4 88.1 97.9 105.2 106.3
Colorado 34 103.9 100.2 114.0 88.7 101.0 102.8 102.5
Delaware 35 105.4 110.1 101.1 101.4 102.0 96.7 110.2
Washington 36 108.3 107.4 111.6 91.1 113.9 118.8 108.0
Nevada 37 110.3 118.9 111.3 80.3 112.5 111.9 113.9
New Hampshire 38 112.0 111.6 107.4 116.6 105.5 116.0 115.6
Maine 39 116.3 111.6 124.5 119.7 104.7 110.9 114.3
Vermont 40 117.4 104.6 142.3 118.5 114.3 102.3 104.8
New Jersey 41 118.4 100.9 148.9 104.6 108.8 104.6 108.8
Rhode Island 42 122.2 116.9 140.1 115.8 105.2 111.7 117.5
Connecticut 43 127.1 112.4 155.3 105.9 116.9 115.7 120.0
Massachusetts 44 127.6 111.0 163.7 106.2 108.4 123.7 116.4
Oregon 45 130.0 111.2 180.8 89.1 113.1 110.8 114.8
Maryland 46 130.4 106.9 187.0 106.7 114.1 91.6 109.9
Alaska 47 130.9 135.1 136.0 153.6 123.1 150.1 118.2
New York 48 133.9 108.7 196.5 103.4 110.8 103.3 111.8
California 49 141.0 116.1 207.6 119.5 121.1 110.1 112.1
District of Columbia 50 161.8 112.4 269.8 116.4 111.9 99.8 127.6
Hawaii 51 186.3 168.0 295.8 183.6 139.7 111.8 127.6
US Average 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 2018. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the first quarter was Joplin, with an index of 81.8. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.3.


Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - First Quarter 2018
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 81.8 88.2 60.5 111.0 103.2 92.0 81.3
Springfield MO Metro 86.2 98.4 69.1 88.8 92.6 102.0 90.8
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 87.7 100.5 69.3 104.2 92.3 93.4 91.0
Missouri 88.9 97.2 73.0 100.3 93.9 97.7 92.8
Jefferson City MO Metro 89.0 98.4 72.9 99.6 90.8 96.6 94.0
Columbia MO Metro 93.1 96.1 81.2 99.5 89.7 102.4 99.5
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 95.3 101.3 84.9 98.7 94.7 99.6 100.1
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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