Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 6th lowest cost of living in the United States for 2020. 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. For the past 13 quarters, Missouri has been in the top 10 for lowest cost of living in the nation.

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 2020 was 88.3.

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 of United States

2020 Average Annual Cost of Living

State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 84.7 92.2 66.1 92.8 89.5 89.0 92.1
Kansas 2 86.5 91.6 67.3 99.6 94.7 98.1 92.4
Oklahoma 3 86.7 92.4 69.8 93.1 93.0 92.9 93.6
New Mexico 4 87.2 98.4 77.0 88.6 91.7 98.2 87.8
Arkansas 5 88.2 90.0 76.1 93.0 89.8 87.3 95.5
Missouri 6 88.3 97.9 70.7 97.4 91.9 97.8 93.7
Indiana 7 89.5 91.9 75.2 95.8 98.3 93.0 95.3
Alabama 8 89.6 93.6 70.9 103.7 93.2 90.1 97.7
Illinois 9 89.7 94.8 74.4 93.4 104.8 99.4 93.5
Georgia 10 90.0 99.7 70.4 94.0 96.4 97.3 97.6
Tennessee 11 90.0 95.1 81.6 92.1 87.9 90.7 94.4
Michigan 12 90.1 88.9 75.2 100.6 103.1 94.7 95.4
Iowa 13 91.4 96.3 76.0 100.0 97.6 102.4 96.0
Texas 14 91.7 89.5 83.6 102.6 91.1 95.5 95.5
Ohio 15 92.1 97.3 76.4 88.4 105.1 101.0 98.7
West Virginia 16 92.4 96.7 81.5 89.4 83.4 88.0 102.8
Nebraska 17 92.8 98.4 82.6 89.0 94.4 99.7 98.3
Louisiana 18 93.5 98.0 87.0 86.8 96.6 99.1 97.1
Kentucky 19 94.2 91.4 82.0 96.6 94.5 90.0 104.4
Idaho 20 94.3 93.3 90.3 83.4 101.3 95.4 98.7
Wyoming 21 94.5 105.6 85.8 87.9 81.1 96.8 102.0
North Carolina 22 95.5 99.0 84.1 99.0 93.6 112.7 100.3
South Carolina 23 95.5 101.9 85.0 105.9 92.9 93.6 99.2
Wisconsin 24 95.7 95.9 88.8 97.1 96.9 114.1 98.0
North Dakota 25 96.5 102.4 90.2 90.8 102.6 114.4 96.8
Utah 26 96.9 98.9 93.6 93.0 105.3 91.2 98.2
Florida 27 99.2 104.6 99.2 104.5 98.7 96.2 96.0
South Dakota 28 99.7 99.2 113.2 90.4 94.4 96.8 93.6
Arizona 29 100.1 99.1 100.4 104.6 105.6 95.6 98.1
Minnesota 30 101.2 106.9 89.5 97.3 100.4 111.0 108.2
Virginia 31 101.4 97.7 111.8 98.3 93.8 98.1 98.1
Puerto Rico 32 102.5 121.3 79.5 169.7 102.3 63.6 99.7
Colorado 33 103.2 97.2 112.8 86.1 105.8 101.0 102.3
Pennsylvania 34 103.2 107.8 100.9 109.5 111.4 93.3 100.6
Delaware 35 107.7 123.0 101.1 96.0 101.1 100.3 112.7
New Hampshire 36 108.0 97.6 112.0 111.1 95.5 114.9 110.4
Montana 37 108.2 103.5 131.9 86.3 90.7 93.8 103.8
Nevada 38 108.8 108.0 115.6 91.9 120.4 106.5 105.7
Washington 39 112.2 108.0 120.1 90.9 118.6 120.4 110.7
Maine 40 115.2 101.5 135.0 111.9 100.6 114.4 110.1
Vermont 41 116.7 112.4 138.8 118.8 116.4 99.6 102.9
Rhode Island 42 118.6 109.4 129.3 125.3 103.7 108.0 117.3
New Jersey 43 122.4 109.9 159.6 98.5 108.7 103.8 110.7
Connecticut 44 124.2 108.2 138.3 134.9 112.5 109.0 121.3
Maryland 45 128.0 117.0 180.1 109.4 102.1 85.5 108.8
Alaska 46 128.4 131.8 133.5 160.1 120.0 150.4 114.1
Massachusetts 47 129.7 116.1 164.8 107.1 111.9 128.4 118.7
Oregon 48 134.3 113.3 184.2 88.6 133.2 117.9 118.5
California 49 142.7 119.5 203.4 128.0 133.0 113.0 114.8
New York 50 155.9 120.6 268.1 99.8 110.8 102.6 115.9
District of Columbia 51 160.7 116.0 278.5 116.4 112.6 93.0 119.4
Hawaii 52 197.6 169.3 334.2 199.4 146.6 118.7 125.1
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 2020. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 1st quarter 2020 was Joplin, with an index of 80.4. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.4.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Annual Average 2020

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO  80.4 89.9 55.3 104.5 91.9 91.3 85.4
Jefferson City MO  87.5 98.6 71.4 96.5 98.0 99.0 89.1
Springfield MO  87.8 102.6 69.8 87.7 90.4 99.6 93.9
St. Louis MO-IL  87.9 103.4 69.6 97.7 90.0 89.7 92.5
Missouri 88.3 97.9 70.7 97.4 91.9 97.8 93.7
Columbia MO  90.9 98.7 73.6 98.4 90.2 100.7 98.2
Kansas City MO-KS  95.4 94.3 84.6 99.3 91.0 106.3 102.9
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities 1st qtr 2020

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