Cost of Living Data Series
Third Quarter 2017


Missouri had the fourth lowest cost of living in the United States for the third quarter of 2017. In general, the most expensive areas to live were Hawaii, Alaska, the West Coast, and the Northeast. 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 third quarter of 2017 was 89.2.

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


Third Quarter 2017 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 84.2 92.8 70.2 91.2 90.6 91.0 87.3
Arkansas 2 87.7 91.6 76.7 99.2 87.4 87.6 91.7
Michigan 3 89.0 90.4 78.0 91.6 103.2 94.3 91.9
Missouri 4 89.2 97.9 73.2 101.9 94.0 97.9 92.4
Oklahoma 5 89.3 94.2 73.7 98.8 87.8 93.6 97.0
Iowa 6 90.0 94.0 78.8 95.6 97.2 96.5 92.9
Tennessee 7 90.1 94.0 78.8 93.3 89.6 88.8 96.9
Alabama 8 90.2 96.6 72.5 109.5 89.2 86.2 96.8
Kansas 9 90.7 93.6 77.7 100.1 93.4 95.8 95.7
Georgia 10 91.1 98.9 75.4 97.9 94.8 96.4 96.9
Texas 11 91.6 91.2 84.3 101.7 93.8 96.2 93.6
Ohio 12 91.7 99.2 76.1 94.8 98.9 95.4 97.8
Nebraska 13 92.3 94.0 84.3 78.4 94.9 101.0 100.2
New Mexico 14 92.5 105.2 85.9 78.1 97.6 103.5 94.1
Indiana 15 92.5 94.4 78.2 94.4 98.4 97.0 100.4
Idaho 16 93.3 91.8 82.0 93.0 112.5 99.7 96.9
Kentucky 17 93.7 90.6 85.6 91.1 96.9 98.2 100.7
North Carolina 18 93.9 98.2 82.0 97.1 96.5 107.8 98.4
Louisiana 19 93.9 97.4 86.9 95.7 96.5 94.3 96.8
Wyoming 20 95.5 109.2 80.7 111.8 94.1 98.3 97.1
Wisconsin 21 95.6 96.9 87.9 100.7 99.4 112.0 96.9
South Dakota 22 95.7 99.5 94.4 92.7 95.0 103.0 95.5
Arizona 23 96.0 99.0 88.3 105.8 101.7 95.6 96.4
Illinois 24 96.6 94.0 89.6 96.7 103.5 100.7 100.9
Utah 25 96.7 101.1 93.6 80.1 107.0 100.3 98.8
West Virginia 26 96.8 101.8 87.4 89.0 101.7 93.4 103.4
South Carolina 27 98.4 104.0 86.8 110.0 90.3 101.5 103.9
Florida 28 98.9 104.7 97.1 99.7 98.6 95.7 98.4
Minnesota 29 99.0 105.9 87.7 87.9 103.6 112.3 105.6
North Dakota 30 99.9 105.5 94.8 83.6 107.6 112.4 103.0
Montana 31 101.2 99.7 107.8 77.0 98.7 104.6 103.9
Pennsylvania 32 101.5 104.6 98.2 110.4 106.7 91.7 100.1
Virginia 33 101.9 96.1 111.6 100.5 89.5 99.9 100.7
Delaware 34 103.5 109.4 99.8 91.1 99.9 97.0 109.4
Colorado 35 104.0 98.8 120.7 78.1 104.8 102.1 100.4
Nevada 36 106.6 104.1 109.1 86.1 114.1 107.7 109.2
Washington 37 107.6 106.4 110.6 92.7 119.9 117.4 105.7
Maine 38 113.5 101.4 123.5 119.3 107.9 107.2 110.9
New Hampshire 39 113.7 111.8 110.2 130.4 105.7 115.3 114.3
Vermont 40 120.2 110.7 147.1 120.5 108.3 105.8 107.6
New Jersey 41 120.5 107.7 148.1 113.4 109.1 105.6 110.6
Rhode Island 42 123.0 113.0 136.6 127.1 105.9 109.8 121.3
Connecticut 43 124.9 106.6 154.9 104.0 111.7 113.4 119.4
Oregon 44 125.7 110.9 176.5 76.8 115.1 105.6 110.7
Massachusetts 45 127.3 108.0 164.3 115.9 106.6 119.4 115.5
Maryland 46 128.4 110.1 181.1 105.3 105.1 92.4 111.1
Alaska 47 131.9 134.7 140.7 144.9 129.0 147.2 119.1
New York 48 134.1 111.3 195.1 106.1 112.0 103.1 112.7
California 49 140.5 118.5 209.0 112.0 127.6 110.5 110.3
District of Columbia 50 157.4 111.8 261.4 115.2 107.9 101.5 125.3
Hawaii 51 188.4 165.5 302.8 196.4 138.9 114.1 127.2
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 Cost of Living Index below the national average for the third quarter of 2017. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the third quarter was Joplin, with an index of 85.5. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 92.2.


Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities Third Quarter 2017
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 85.5 90.6 63.7 130.9 99.8 92.3 83.0
Springfield MO Metro 85.6 97.2 69.0 96.8 87.0 98.4 89.1
Missouri 89.2 97.9 73.2 101.9 94.0 97.9 92.4
Jefferson City MO Metro 89.7 96.4 73.1 101.1 92.0 99.3 95.2
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 90.5 106.9 71.2 115.1 95.5 97.3 90.2
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 91.4 100.7 81.9 69.2 95.3 99.0 99.8
Columbia MO Metro 92.2 95.4 80.4 98.4 94.6 100.8 96.9
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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