Cost of Living Data Series
2016 Annual Average


Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States for 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. The Missouri cost of living index for 2016 was 90.8, down from the 2015 annual index of 91.5.

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)
2016 Annual Average
Scaled Map of U.S.

Cost of Living Map


Annual 2016 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 86.0 94.1 68.4 89.6 93.1 89.9 93.2
Indiana 2 87.9 92.4 75.8 91.1 91.6 94.9 92.9
Michigan 3 88.2 89.6 77.1 95.5 97.6 93.3 91.0
Arkansas 4 88.5 92.7 77.7 97.1 89.1 87.8 92.8
Oklahoma 5 88.6 93.0 76.7 94.9 88.1 93.6 94.1
Idaho 6 89.6 85.4 77.8 89.0 106.1 101.9 94.8
Tennessee 7 89.8 92.7 77.5 91.8 89.9 90.0 97.5
Kansas 8 90.4 93.6 77.4 97.3 92.5 97.1 96.1
Texas 9 90.7 89.5 84.5 95.4 93.7 95.2 93.4
Kentucky 10 90.8 88.9 80.5 93.4 97.4 88.7 97.3
Missouri 11 90.8 96.7 75.4 103.4 93.4 97.4 95.5
Alabama 12 91.2 97.7 74.0 106.1 92.9 87.5 98.0
Nebraska 13 91.3 96.2 85.3 87.0 93.8 97.8 93.7
Georgia 14 91.4 99.1 75.8 96.1 93.3 98.1 98.0
Iowa 15 91.7 95.3 81.4 95.4 96.7 97.8 95.2
Wyoming 16 91.7 98.8 84.0 98.4 101.1 99.6 89.7
Utah 17 92.8 96.2 87.4 85.2 106.9 90.2 94.2
Ohio 18 93.0 101.0 78.9 91.0 101.4 94.8 99.1
North Carolina 19 94.2 99.3 82.0 96.9 93.7 104.8 99.9
Louisiana 20 94.4 96.6 88.3 91.2 94.6 96.7 98.8
Illinois 21 95.5 96.6 90.2 95.4 103.3 100.0 96.6
West Virginia 22 95.7 101.1 91.0 87.9 96.4 91.7 99.9
New Mexico 23 95.7 105.2 92.4 90.2 99.5 100.0 94.7
Wisconsin 24 96.9 99.2 89.1 100.2 103.2 112.4 97.7
Arizona 25 98.1 100.8 97.2 97.8 99.9 100.0 97.1
North Dakota 26 98.9 104.4 96.6 84.7 98.7 112.1 101.3
Florida 27 99.0 102.0 94.8 104.1 100.4 97.4 99.5
Virginia 28 100.2 95.2 106.7 101.0 92.3 100.8 98.9
South Carolina 29 100.5 104.3 91.1 106.7 93.2 102.9 106.4
Montana 30 100.8 100.3 108.1 91.4 100.9 104.3 97.6
Minnesota 31 101.1 103.1 95.4 92.4 96.9 108.8 107.7
Colorado 32 102.1 100.7 112.6 84.8 98.1 105.6 100.1
Delaware 33 102.6 106.6 94.7 108.8 96.9 98.6 107.4
South Dakota 34 102.8 100.1 119.8 99.6 96.3 95.8 94.0
Pennsylvania 35 102.8 102.7 103.5 114.4 109.2 90.3 98.6
Nevada 36 104.5 103.6 103.1 91.3 116.4 104.9 106.4
Washington 37 107.1 107.4 107.3 95.6 116.9 118.9 106.0
Maine 38 112.0 104.1 121.9 105.3 109.4 108.1 110.4
Oregon 39 115.4 106.8 135.6 90.8 114.0 104.7 111.5
New Hampshire 40 119.2 117.2 118.1 128.0 106.4 115.2 122.4
New Jersey 41 121.0 104.2 149.9 109.9 106.5 99.7 114.2
Rhode Island 42 122.1 106.8 138.1 138.8 101.4 107.4 118.1
Vermont 43 122.4 108.6 149.9 121.4 116.7 104.7 110.1
Maryland 44 125.0 113.3 176.9 102.5 106.3 92.3 104.0
Connecticut 45 130.7 128.3 157.0 115.9 113.6 116.8 121.5
Alaska 46 131.6 137.1 140.4 141.6 129.2 146.6 118.8
Massachusetts 47 134.7 111.6 175.0 127.2 108.9 121.7 122.6
California 48 134.8 115.8 192.7 112.3 130.1 108.4 107.5
New York 49 135.2 110.3 198.3 102.7 114.2 101.3 114.2
District of Columbia 50 149.2 117.4 234.6 118.7 104.3 98.5 121.3
Hawaii 51 167.4 155.0 230.3 206.5 134.1 114.8 126.6
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 2016. Joplin, with an index of 86.9, had the lowest cost of living, while Columbia, with an index of 95.0, had the highest.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities, 2016 Annual Average
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO 86.9 90.6 68.6 121.1 93.8 91.3 87.6
Springfield MO 88.3 93.8 72.2 98.2 90.4 97.9 94.4
St. Louis MO-IL 90.4 103.2 70.5 112.8 94.2 96.3 92.9
Missouri 90.8 96.7 75.4 103.4 93.4 97.4 95.5
Jefferson City MO 91.2 95.0 75.5 100.3 95.1 100.1 97.4
Kansas City MO-KS 93.1 99.9 81.8 83.7 95.1 97.0 101.0
Columbia MO 95.0 97.8 83.9 104.5 92.0 101.5 99.9
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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