Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 12th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third quarter 2021. St. Joseph was added this quarter as a Missouri city in the Cost of Living series. 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 2021 was 91.2.

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.

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2021 Third Quarter 2021 Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi  85.1 95.3 66.4 90.4 89.7 96.0 91.6
2 Kansas  86.9 90.9 72.8 101.4 97.2 100.3 88.3
3 Oklahoma  88.2 92.7 75.2 97.4 93.6 95.4 92.0
4 Alabama  88.6 98.0 69.5 101.8 92.3 90.9 95.3
5 Georgia  89.8 95.5 75.1 91.0 92.9 96.5 97.3
6 Tennessee  90.0 95.7 79.4 93.4 89.3 91.6 95.3
7 West Virginia  90.1 96.4 78.4 90.3 86.3 87.0 98.3
8 Iowa  90.3 99.0 74.7 97.0 97.1 99.3 94.5
9 Illinois  90.5 97.0 75.3 97.0 106.3 95.5 93.4
10 New Mexico  90.6 98.9 82.0 87.4 96.0 99.3 92.4
11 Indiana  91.1 93.9 77.8 102.4 98.3 94.4 95.4
12 Missouri 91.2 98.0 82.1 94.2 94.1 96.0 93.5
13 Michigan  91.4 89.7 79.6 101.0 103.7 95.3 95.3
14 Arkansas  92.1 93.5 79.8 94.2 93.3 83.0 101.8
15 Texas  92.6 90.5 83.9 103.9 94.3 95.4 96.4
16 Louisiana  92.8 97.4 86.0 87.9 94.8 99.5 96.2
17 Ohio  92.9 101.4 77.0 93.3 99.1 97.2 99.7
18 Wyoming  93.6 100.6 78.6 84.6 101.8 96.9 102.5
19 Nebraska  93.6 98.9 84.7 90.5 99.4 102.9 96.7
20 Kentucky  93.9 90.6 78.5 103.7 104.2 83.3 103.9
21 South Carolina  94.8 97.2 82.0 109.9 95.3 94.7 100.0
22 Wisconsin  95.5 97.6 86.7 102.1 98.1 111.5 97.1
23 South Dakota  96.2 95.0 101.6 92.6 90.0 99.4 94.4
24 North Carolina  96.4 98.2 90.7 96.5 91.5 110.1 99.5
25 Idaho  97.1 92.1 97.3 82.3 117.4 94.7 98.0
26 North Dakota  97.8 99.6 94.3 101.5 101.5 112.6 96.0
27 Virginia  98.1 92.3 100.7 97.8 92.4 101.9 99.5
28 Minnesota  99.6 103.3 88.5 96.0 96.7 106.1 107.8
29 Pennsylvania  100.5 105.0 95.0 105.7 104.0 98.0 101.1
30 Montana  100.8 102.2 105.2 88.4 96.6 100.1 101.2
31 Utah  101.5 98.6 99.3 91.1 120.5 92.3 103.5
32 Florida  101.5 107.6 104.1 100.4 96.9 98.3 98.8
33 Nevada  103.3 104.2 114.3 89.5 121.2 101.1 93.7
34 Colorado  105.8 97.1 117.3 89.7 108.3 97.8 104.9
35 Delaware  106.6 114.1 102.4 96.0 108.3 105.8 109.3
36 Arizona  107.0 104.5 117.8 103.7 97.8 98.1 103.9
37 Maine  110.9 101.9 130.3 102.8 101.3 112.2 103.6
38 New Hampshire  112.6 108.7 106.8 113.6 93.1 121.9 122.2
39 Washington  112.8 107.1 121.6 90.2 119.9 121.6 111.2
40 Vermont  114.8 106.0 135.5 119.9 109.1 97.5 104.3
41 Rhode Island  115.8 106.3 121.5 127.7 102.6 105.9 116.5
42 New Jersey  118.3 107.2 148.0 102.8 104.3 98.1 109.7
43 Connecticut  119.5 109.3 131.2 132.0 107.5 109.8 115.4
44 Maryland  121.4 112.0 163.6 105.6 104.3 82.6 105.4
45 Alaska  125.7 131.9 126.0 156.5 115.1 151.5 113.8
46 Oregon  127.5 108.4 169.3 90.7 128.0 115.3 113.4
47 Massachusetts  132.5 120.6 177.8 112.4 108.3 120.0 114.3
48 New York  143.7 117.9 227.5 101.0 105.8 103.2 113.9
49 California  146.9 119.2 221.0 117.5 133.3 112.4 115.2
50 District of Columbia  154.4 107.4 258.1 115.6 99.1 91.0 123.7
51 Hawaii  185.6 152.3 312.6 158.4 131.3 113.3 128.7
US  *** 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 2021. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2021 was Joplin, with an index of 83.9. The city with the highest cost of living was St. Joseph, with an index of 96.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Third Quarter 2021

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport. Health Misc.
Joplin MO    83.9 91.3 66.9 98.3 92.2 90.4 87.6
St. Louis MO-IL      87.7 101.2 76.7 91.4 88.3 91.4 89.4
Springfield 90.8 98.9 78.9 92.8 91.3 101.7 94.9
Missouri   91.2 98.0 82.1 94.2 94.1 96.0 93.5
Jefferson City MO   91.9 94.9 80.3 90.6 100.8 99.7 97.0
Columbia MO 92.9 96.5 83.5 97.9

94.1

96.7 96.9
Kansas City MO-KS  94.6 89.5 101.3 97.4 87.4 87.3 93.4
St. Joseph MO-KS  96.5 113.6 86.9 90.7 104.6 104.7 95.6
US Average   100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities Chart Image

 

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