Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 8th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third quarter of 2019. 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 eleven quarters, Missouri has been in the top ten 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 the third quarter of 2019 was 89.1.

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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2019 Third Quarter Annual Cost of Living

STATE RANK INDEX GROCERY HOUSING UTILITIES TRANS

HEALTH

CARE

MSC
Mississippi  1 84.5 94.2 67.1 91.9 88.7 91.6 91.5
Oklahoma  2 86.1 94.9 70.0 96.5 91.3 93.0 91.4
Arkansas  3 86.9 90.3 75.2 91.4 83.4 86.1 95.3
Kansas  4 87.4 93.3 71.3 98.3 95.1 98.6 92.5
Tennessee  5 87.7 94.3 77.6 93.9 86.7 88.5 92.2
New Mexico  6 88.7 101.4 77.8 89.2 94.3 98.2 90.3
Alabama  7 89.0 95.9 70.1 103.0 90.8 91.1 98.0
Missouri  8 89.1 99.1 70.6 98.2 94.9 98.8 95.8
Michigan  9 89.7 87.8 75.4 99.5 106.3 93.9 94.9
Georgia  10 90.1 99.2 73.5 93.7 94.3 95.9 97.8
Indiana  11 90.7 90.6 75.2 101.3 101.1 96.5 97.6
West Virginia  12 91.4 91.1 84.4 89.1 86.5 87.6 99.7
Nebraska  13 91.7 98.1 83.3 90.3 94.7 99.1 94.9
Texas  14 92.0 89.5 85.3 102.3 93.3 95.8 95.2
Iowa  15 92.4 97.8 79.8 97.7 101.1 99.8 96.4
Ohio  16 92.8 98.2 77.0 89.9 103.3 97.4 101.3
Louisiana  17 92.9 97.6 85.4 88.2 99.5 97.8 96.2
Kentucky  18 93.0 93.2 81.9 94.5 99.4 91.3 100.6
Idaho  19 94.8 92.6 90.5 82.0 107.6 95.6 98.9
North Carolina  20 94.8 98.5 82.7 98.5 92.2 110.4 101.6
South Carolina  21 95.1 101.6 82.5 106.6 90.0 94.7 101.6
Illinois  22 95.3 97.0 85.6 98.0 112.8 99.9 96.9
Wisconsin  23 95.9 96.9 88.5 97.0 100.3 112.6 98.3
Utah  24 96.2 98.8 92.1 93.0 104.3 92.7 97.8
South Dakota  25 96.5 99.2 97.9 88.0 96.2 102.2 95.9
North Dakota  26 96.6 105.4 90.5 90.2 106.0 111.8 95.8
Florida  27 98.4 104.1 95.9 100.7 97.6 98.9 97.8
Puerto Rico  28 98.4 117.1 83.4 157.3 95.2 69.5 93.1
Arizona  29 99.9 99.9 100.4 104.4 104.0 97.6 97.7
Minnesota  30 100.6 106.3 87.5 97.7 99.9 110.2 109.2
Pennsylvania  31 100.8 103.3 98.6 109.3 109.6 94.4 97.9
Virginia  32 101.7 96.7 112.1 99.4 90.4 97.4 99.0
Wyoming  33 102.0 102.7 102.1 87.2 91.1 100.7 108.5
Nevada  34 102.8 95.1 115.8 99.9 110.8 99.6 93.9
Colorado  35 103.5 96.3 114.8 87.0 101.6 101.6 101.7
New Hampshire  36 107.3 102.7 105.4 117.6 102.2 114.2 108.4
Delaware  37 107.6 121.2 97.7 93.2 104.0 99.7 116.3
Montana  38 107.8 103.6 126.1 86.0 91.1 95.1 105.7
Washington  39 111.0 108.1 119.8 89.3 116.4 118.5 107.9
Vermont  40 115.5 111.1 133.6 118.8 113.3 100.4 103.6
Maine  41 117.3 108.9 131.8 107.2 101.9 114.1 115.3
Rhode Island  42 118.5 105.0 131.6 123.7 110.0 106.6 115.0
New Jersey  43 124.4 109.6 162.3 100.3 109.9 101.8 111.0
Connecticut  44 125.2 108.4 139.7 128.9 113.8 111.9 123.0
Alaska  45 127.5 132.9 136.3 156.1 115.9 148.6 111.2
Maryland  46 129.5 118.8 179.1 108.2 107.9 85.7 108.3
Massachusetts  47 130.3 113.7 167.3 103.3 108.5 123.4 119.2
New York  48 135.0 112.6 196.5 103.5 103.7 101.7 112.2
Oregon  49 137.0 114.7 185.9 87.0 126.3 114.8 122.7
California  50 139.8 117.9 197.6 118.3 128.5 113.3 111.4
District of Columbia  51 164.0 115.7 278.8 115.5 107.9 93.1 121.8
Hawaii  52 201.3 160.8 347.1 185.2 135.7 120.3 125.6
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 2019. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the third quarter was Joplin, with an index of 82.9. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 96.0.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Third Quarter 2019

STATE INDEX GROCERY HOUSING UTILITIES TRANS

HEALTH

CARE

MSC
Joplin MO  82.9 91.9 58.1 105.9 98.2 95.6 88.8
Springfield MO  87.3 99.0 68.6 85.8 86.9 97.6 97.9
St. Louis MO-IL  87.7 105.4 68.6 101.0 95.0 91.7 91.0
Missouri 89.1 99.1 70.6 98.2 93.4 95.0 92.6
Jefferson City MO  89.4 98.0 73.2 98.4 99.1 96.9 93.8
Columbia MO  91.3 96.1 72.3 100.1 93.4 103.8 101.2
Kansas City MO-KS  96.0 104.4 82.9 97.7 97.0 106.9 101.8
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