Cost of Living Data Series
Third Quarter 2016


Missouri had the 8th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third 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 third quarter of 2016 was 90.4, down from the 2015 third quarter index of 91.2.

Cities across the nation participate in the Council for Community & Economic Research (C2ER) survey on a voluntary basis. Price information in the survey is governed by C2ER collection guidelines.

Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
Third Quarter 2016
Scaled Map of U.S.

Cost of Living Map


Third Quarter 2016 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 85.9 93.6 70.3 85.3 91.7 91.5 93.7
Arkansas 2 87.1 91.7 75.9 96.0 87.6 87.2 91.9
Michigan 3 89.0 90.6 76.6 94.2 99.3 95.3 92.9
Oklahoma 4 89.2 94.3 73.6 98.7 88.2 93.5 97.4
Tennessee 5 89.4 91.2 78.5 92.0 90.3 90.5 96.7
Indiana 6 89.5 94.8 76.8 92.8 91.9 94.2 95.6
Kansas 7 89.9 93.8 76.5 97.3 93.0 96.6 95.6
Missouri 8 90.4 97.5 74.4 99.5 94.9 98.0 95.7
Kentucky 9 90.5 89.4 80.1 94.0 96.6 88.2 97.1
Texas 10 90.7 89.6 83.4 96.7 94.8 95.5 93.4
Iowa 11 91.0 94.0 80.5 96.3 95.4 98.8 94.7
Alabama 12 91.2 97.7 73.2 107.6 94.2 87.3 98.1
Georgia 13 91.4 98.1 75.9 100.1 93.2 97.1 97.7
Nebraska 14 91.6 95.3 86.1 84.4 94.3 98.3 95.2
Wyoming 15 91.8 98.2 85.2 98.4 99.5 99.5 89.2
Idaho 16 92.1 85.0 79.7 91.5 110.9 99.4 98.5
Utah 17 93.0 96.5 87.2 85.4 106.1 91.9 94.4
West Virginia 18 93.4 99.4 87.9 86.6 93.1 91.0 98.2
Ohio 19 93.8 101.7 80.9 87.3 100.9 96.0 100.8
North Carolina 20 93.9 100.1 81.0 95.2 95.0 104.4 100.2
Illinois 21 94.6 94.0 89.0 93.7 105.2 100.5 95.5
Louisiana 22 94.8 97.2 89.9 87.3 97.4 98.0 99.0
New Mexico 23 96.5 103.2 91.3 101.7 100.7 100.0 94.6
Wisconsin 24 96.8 98.9 88.4 101.4 102.9 113.2 97.4
Arizona 25 98.0 102.0 96.7 97.7 101.2 99.4 96.3
Florida 26 98.3 102.2 96.2 102.0 98.3 98.5 97.4
South Carolina 27 99.2 103.0 88.0 107.4 92.0 99.8 107.0
North Dakota 28 99.4 103.5 95.4 87.4 108.2 111.3 100.4
Virginia 29 100.8 97.3 108.5 100.3 91.9 99.3 98.9
Minnesota 30 100.8 104.6 95.8 91.3 97.7 110.4 106.2
Montana 31 100.8 101.3 106.6 84.8 109.9 105.6 96.9
Delaware 32 101.4 102.3 97.0 106.9 92.6 97.5 106.6
Pennsylvania 33 101.4 102.5 99.2 116.0 107.0 89.5 98.1
Nevada 34 103.3 105.1 103.3 88.3 109.6 103.3 105.2
South Dakota 35 103.7 101.1 120.1 99.6 101.2 97.0 93.9
Colorado 36 103.8 102.9 114.4 85.2 101.6 104.7 101.7
Washington 37 105.2 105.2 103.4 96.0 119.3 117.6 103.1
Maine 38 110.8 103.1 123.3 105.1 99.7 107.7 109.3
Oregon 39 115.6 106.1 136.8 93.2 117.4 104.2 109.2
New Hampshire 40 117.0 113.4 115.4 128.9 97.8 115.0 122.9
Rhode Island 41 120.7 105.0 142.3 128.3 90.8 107.7 118.0
Vermont 42 121.1 111.0 144.2 122.0 119.8 103.5 107.9
New Jersey 43 121.9 106.9 150.3 113.5 105.2 101.7 114.8
Maryland 44 125.5 111.4 178.3 105.6 101.0 92.7 105.3
Connecticut 45 127.7 120.4 155.9 108.0 105.3 115.7 121.9
New York 46 131.0 107.8 186.8 104.9 109.3 100.7 112.2
Alaska 47 131.1 140.1 138.0 139.1 125.0 145.4 119.1
Massachusetts 48 133.4 108.1 175.7 124.1 109.4 121.8 120.0
California 49 135.9 117.0 195.1 111.4 127.0 107.3 107.5
District of Columbia 50 151.6 114.3 243.7 121.8 97.9 100.1 122.5
Hawaii 51 167.9 154.2 228.6 206.0 135.0 115.6 127.8
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100

 

All participating Missouri cities had a composite index below the national average for the third quarter of 2016. Joplin, with an index of 85.5, had the lowest cost of living, while Kansas City, with an index of 94.1, had the highest cost of living.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities, Third Quarter 2016
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin, MO 85.5 89.3 67.5 122.7 96.8 92.1 82.9
St. Louis, MO-IL 89.7 102.2 69.5 110.7 94.9 97.5 92.4
Springfield, MO 90.0 96.1 70.5 100.2 88.1 96.7 100.6
Jefferson City, MO 90.3 94.9 73.5 99.5 95.3 101.1 96.8
Missouri 90.4 97.5 74.4 99.5 94.9 98.0 95.7
Columbia, MO 92.6 98.1 82.9 82.4 95.4 101.9 99.7
Kansas City, MO-KS 94.1 104.1 82.5 81.4 99.1 98.5 101.7
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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