Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2016


Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first 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 first quarter of 2016 was 91.0, slightly down from the 2015 first quarter index of 91.5.

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)
First Quarter 2016
Scaled Map of U.S.

Cost of Living Map



First Quarter 2016 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 85.3 92.3 72.0 90.7 90.7 91.4 89.6
Indiana 2 87.4 91.8 76.0 88.3 92.3 96.0 92.2
Oklahoma 3 87.9 92.7 77.5 93.4 86.2 93.2 93.0
Arkansas 4 89.0 92.7 79.1 97.8 88.5 89.9 93.3
Alabama 5 89.4 96.9 74.0 101.3 90.3 86.7 95.9
Tennessee 6 89.5 93.8 76.9 91.2 88.7 90.4 98.0
Kansas 7 90.2 93.3 78.5 98.5 90.6 96.7 95.4
Kentucky 8 90.3 87.5 80.8 95.3 95.8 89.1 96.1
Nebraska 9 90.8 96.8 84.1 88.1 94.7 97.9 92.8
Georgia 10 91.0 99.5 75.9 95.5 93.0 97.1 97.5
Missouri 11 91.0 95.7 76.5 108.5 90.8 97.5 95.2
Texas 12 91.0 90.1 84.5 95.0 92.1 95.8 94.8
Michigan 13 91.4 92.4 85.0 97.2 99.7 98.0 90.8
Iowa 14 91.6 96.0 82.5 96.3 93.2 97.3 94.9
Wyoming 15 92.0 97.9 83.1 98.1 106.8 97.0 89.5
Idaho 16 92.5 91.1 81.5 83.7 110.4 105.1 97.4
Ohio 17 92.8 98.6 79.7 95.3 100.6 94.5 97.9
Utah 18 93.1 96.9 87.6 85.6 110.0 89.8 93.4
North Carolina 19 93.8 99.2 79.8 98.7 92.9 105.6 100.7
Louisiana 20 94.0 95.7 88.9 92.0 92.1 96.6 98.5
New Mexico 21 94.5 94.0 94.5 84.8 99.2 95.1 96.0
Illinois 22 96.2 100.2 90.2 95.9 101.2 100.2 97.7
North Dakota 23 97.4 104.8 97.6 82.2 89.0 112.1 99.9
Arizona 24 97.8 99.6 96.9 96.7 99.7 100.3 97.2
West Virginia 25 97.8 102.8 93.9 86.9 102.0 93.8 101.5
Wisconsin 26 98.5 101.2 92.1 99.7 102.2 115.0 98.9
Florida 27 99.1 101.8 92.4 105.0 102.8 96.9 101.0
Minnesota 28 99.3 104.4 90.7 90.7 95.2 109.4 107.3
Virginia 29 99.9 93.7 106.6 101.9 91.7 101.0 98.8
South Carolina 30 100.6 106.6 90.2 106.9 94.9 105.2 106.3
South Dakota 31 101.3 101.1 116.8 99.1 94.7 94.8 92.1
Montana 32 101.6 100.9 108.8 93.3 98.1 105.6 99.1
Delaware 33 102.4 115.4 92.5 110.0 93.0 100.4 106.6
Pennsylvania 34 103.2 103.6 103.8 113.8 111.1 91.1 98.3
Colorado 35 104.5 103.6 121.3 84.0 91.4 104.0 101.5
Nevada 36 105.8 103.2 101.6 95.4 124.0 105.3 107.6
Washington 37 108.6 108.2 108.4 93.4 122.1 117.9 107.8
Maine 38 111.3 98.9 120.3 106.1 115.7 106.8 109.3
New Hampshire 39 117.4 116.9 116.5 127.7 108.5 116.1 118.2
New Jersey 40 120.3 102.5 150.6 108.1 103.6 97.7 114.2
Rhode Island 41 121.2 102.9 135.9 144.6 107.4 105.6 115.4
Vermont 42 124.1 107.7 154.0 122.0 117.2 104.6 110.8
Maryland 43 124.3 113.4 174.6 101.2 110.1 92.0 102.0
Oregon 44 130.6 122.6 170.1 80.5 116.2 112.0 123.2
Connecticut 45 131.8 131.4 157.0 120.7 121.5 116.2 119.6
Alaska 46 132.8 132.5 140.0 149.2 140.7 143.6 117.6
New York 47 135.4 111.2 194.1 104.0 118.9 100.8 115.2
California 48 136.2 113.6 192.3 113.2 137.0 108.4 108.2
Massachusetts 49 146.7 111.5 198.5 140.1 112.5 130.4 132.7
District of Columbia 50 146.8 120.7 226.4 117.9 105.9 97.2 118.9
Hawaii 51 192.8 167.3 312.2 212.3 137.4 110.1 124.8
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100

All of the participating Missouri cities had a composite index below the national average for the first quarter of 2016. The city that had the lowest cost of living index for the first quarter was Joplin, with an index of 87.1. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 98.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities First Quarter 2016
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 87.1 90.7 68.5 119.3 89.4 91.7 90.1
Springfield MO Metro 87.2 93.2 72.6 98.3 92.1 99.6 90.4
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 90.4 101.9 71.2 116.3 88.5 95.8 93.8
Missouri 91.0 95.7 76.5 108.5 90.8 97.5 95.2
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 91.3 95.1 83.0 86.4 91.0 94.1 98.2
Jefferson City MO Metro 91.4 95.2 77.0 100.7 93.7 100.2 97.3
Columbia MO Metro 98.5 97.8 86.5 130.0 90.1 103.8 101.3
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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