Cost of Living Data Series
Third Quarter 2018


Missouri had the 4th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third 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 third quarter of 2018 was 88.6.

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.


Cost of Living Map


Third Quarter 2018 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 86.4 95.4 72.4 90.4 91.6 91.4 91.2
Oklahoma 2 87.1 93.7 72.9 95.8 92.4 91.3 91.7
Arkansas 3 88.5 90.5 75.4 91.9 91.0 84.1 97.3
Missouri 4 88.6 99.0 72.0 99.1 95.6 97.3 92.0
Wyoming 5 89.1 98.8 75.2 86.7 80.7 95.9 98.5
Tennessee 6 89.4 91.3 82.4 95.6 89.4 89.1 92.5
Alabama 7 89.6 96.9 71.6 103.2 92.8 88.0 96.7
Kansas 8 89.9 92.9 75.1 102.2 95.8 97.2 94.6
Indiana 9 90.0 90.1 75.5 97.4 99.4 96.2 96.3
Michigan 10 90.2 84.2 77.9 97.4 103.2 92.5 96.8
Texas 11 91.4 90.0 84.2 100.6 94.3 95.5 93.8
New Mexico 12 91.5 102.5 79.2 88.7 93.9 104.1 95.7
Iowa 13 91.5 98.1 78.8 100.3 97.5 98.0 94.5
Georgia 14 91.6 98.2 76.5 94.0 93.4 96.4 99.3
West Virginia 15 92.5 92.7 86.8 90.4 81.7 90.2 100.6
Ohio 16 93.0 97.5 76.9 93.8 102.3 96.8 101.2
Louisiana 17 93.1 99.3 86.8 89.4 97.7 94.3 95.6
Idaho 18 94.0 92.1 85.6 87.6 110.8 100.3 98.1
North Carolina 19 94.5 96.4 80.5 95.4 93.3 110.5 103.0
Nebraska 20 94.8 97.5 83.3 95.7 95.9 100.4 101.6
Kentucky 21 95.0 89.0 84.6 94.5 104.0 90.8 104.0
Illinois 22 95.7 94.3 89.0 97.3 103.9 99.2 98.7
Wisconsin 23 96.8 97.8 88.8 96.9 101.7 115.4 99.0
South Carolina 24 97.8 102.8 86.4 107.0 93.1 100.5 103.3
Arizona 25 97.9 99.9 95.3 107.4 105.7 94.9 95.1
South Dakota 26 98.0 103.3 109.1 92.1 93.8 95.9 90.0
Pennsylvania 27 98.4 100.6 92.8 106.9 107.7 92.1 98.1
Florida 28 99.1 108.2 95.6 100.0 98.8 96.3 98.6
North Dakota 29 99.6 108.9 93.2 90.4 105.8 115.9 99.9
Utah 30 100.0 102.8 96.0 93.0 108.4 95.3 102.5
Virginia 31 101.1 96.3 111.8 97.1 88.9 100.0 98.6
Minnesota 32 103.2 107.8 88.7 99.3 103.1 112.4 113.2
Delaware 33 104.7 107.2 98.3 98.8 102.5 101.2 111.6
Montana 34 105.9 104.9 113.3 85.9 98.2 106.6 107.8
New Hampshire 35 106.6 100.4 105.8 113.1 89.0 118.4 110.8
Colorado 36 107.3 101.9 126.1 86.7 103.2 103.1 101.9
Nevada 37 108.8 109.7 120.2 89.7 112.7 107.4 103.8
Washington 38 109.3 108.6 115.1 90.5 112.7 119.0 108.2
Maine 39 115.9 106.6 124.8 109.5 104.9 124.0 115.8
Vermont 40 117.2 110.5 140.5 115.9 112.2 103.0 104.4
Rhode Island 41 120.8 106.1 143.3 122.7 96.0 111.6 115.5
New Jersey 42 122.3 104.8 157.7 107.4 108.5 105.1 110.5
Massachusetts 43 129.2 113.7 167.1 106.7 110.5 121.5 116.8
Maryland 44 129.3 108.5 192.4 105.1 98.0 90.7 106.3
Oregon 45 129.4 112.6 185.1 87.4 118.1 113.7 107.8
Alaska 46 130.5 136.5 137.5 155.4 118.2 148.3 116.3
Connecticut 47 133.0 110.5 164.9 125.6 118.4 122.2 123.3
New York 48 134.0 112.2 195.7 106.1 105.4 104.6 111.8
California 49 137.2 116.6 192.7 120.8 126.1 111.4 111.1
District of Columbia 50 161.0 127.1 268.4 114.3 95.0 99.3 125.8
Hawaii 51 188.9 165.7 318.6 160.5 139.7 120.2 122.9
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 third quarter of 2018. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the third quarter was Joplin, with an index of 82.1. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 94.3.


Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Third Quarter 2018
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO 82.1 91.7 60.5 107.6 98.6 94.7 82.8
Springfield MO 85.6 98.0 68.7 87.0 92.3 100.3 90.3
Jefferson City MO 88.4 101.5 72.1 99.5 94.5 93.9 91.0
St. Louis MO-IL 88.4 104.8 67.4 101.4 98.2 94.4 92.0
Missouri 88.6 99.0 72.0 99.1 95.6 97.3 92.0
Columbia MO 92.7 97.4 79.7 99.7 93.8 101.5 98.0
Kansas City MO-KS 94.3 100.4 83.6 99.1 96.1 99.0 98.0
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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