Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 12th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first quarter 2022. 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 2021 was 89.8.

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 Image

2022 First Quarter Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi  83.1 92.3 63.8 90.0 89.1 97.4 92.0
2 Oklahoma  84.8 94.0 68.8 95.2 90.3 92.9 89.7
3 Kansas  85.4 91.7 68.2 98.7 94.2 102.8 90.4
4 Alabama  87.5 97.0 68.9 101.1 90.0 90.5 95.5
5 Iowa  88.1 99.4 69.5 94.8 93.4 99.1 95.6
6 Georgia  88.2 94.1 74.2 91.2 91.4 94.3 96.7
7 Indiana  89.2 93.4 75.9 100.8 97.1 95.4 93.8
8 Tennessee  89.4 94.5 80.7 94.1 87.9 91.7 93.8
9 Arkansas  89.9 92.9 76.7 96.5 94.5 80.1 99.7
10 Michigan  89.9 90.4 77.8 98.2 95.7 97.0 96.6
11 West Virginia  90.5 98.5 71.2 93.9 110.0 102.0 98.1
12 Missouri  90.5 95.8 83.2 95.5 89.6 93.7 93.2
13 Ohio  90.8 100.2 74.7 93.7 95.4 97.1 99.0
14 Illinois  91.7 95.9 80.3 95.4 108.2 96.7 95.0
15 Nebraska  91.8 97.0 83.2 88.1 100.0 105.9 94.8
16 Texas  92.1 89.4 85.1 102.0 93.2 96.5 96.7
17 Louisiana  93.3 96.9 86.8 87.5 97.0 101.7 97.7
18 Kentucky  93.6 93.7 76.4 104.1 101.2 80.1 108.0
19 New Mexico  93.9 100.9 88.8 90.5 96.9 98.6 94.9
20 South Carolina  93.9 100.2 79.9 109.9 93.7 94.1 99.4
21 Wyoming  93.9 105.0 86.7 84.1 102.7 98.1 95.6
22 North Carolina  95.0 96.7 89.1 95.5 91.2 108.1 99.1
23 South Dakota  95.2 104.9 93.8 89.3 91.9 96.4 93.5
24 Wisconsin  95.5 97.8 86.7 101.8 96.7 113.9 98.1
25 North Dakota  96.8 101.4 91.5 97.0 97.9 111.4 97.2
26 Minnesota  97.2 103.9 85.5 97.4 99.4 107.2 103.2
27 Pennsylvania  97.5 105.9 85.5 109.1 105.4 96.5 99.1
28 Idaho  99.4 95.6 105.4 81.8 110.2 95.6 99.1
29 Colorado  102.4 96.3 113.2 90.8 101.6 96.0 99.9
30 Florida  102.6 106.0 106.2 102.4 99.4 96.4 98.7
31 Virginia  102.7 95.4 109.1 99.9 97.7 102.5 102.5
32 Nevada  103.1 103.0 114.3 91.6 114.4 101.4 92.7
33 Utah  104.2 100.7 110.2 93.0 103.8 91.4 105.9
34 Montana  104.4 99.4 116.3 85.4 103.0 99.8 102.4
35 Delaware  105.8 106.1 106.3 94.9 115.6 103.7 106.6
36 Arizona  106.7 102.6 119.2 99.1 100.4 98.1 101.5
37 Rhode Island  112.8 98.8 119.6 122.9 106.9 100.7 113.8
38 New Jersey  112.9 106.2 130.5 108.2 103.0 96.6 105.1
39 Washington  113.9 109.7 123.6 89.7 114.4 120.5 113.3
40 Maine  115.1 105.5 126.2 108.6 109.1 105.6 114.4
41 Vermont  116.9 103.7 137.1 122.2 119.3 111.7 101.8
42 New Hampshire  117.4 109.1 112.9 116.3 103.9 124.1 129.6
43 Connecticut  118.9 105.7 130.3 129.6 111.5 103.4 115.3
44 Oregon  125.2 109.3 154.7 107.1 134.6 102.9 110.9
45 Maryland  126.4 109.8 171.3 107.1 106.1 85.4 107.2
46 Alaska  127.3 129.0 128.3 154.1 113.7 151.8 116.1
47 Massachusetts  130.2 111.7 166.7 109.2 122.2 116.1 114.1
48 California  139.7 117.0 191.5 124.4 129.7 111.3 111.0
49 New York  152.1 121.5 237.6 101.0 108.4 104.0 116.5
50 District of Columbia  158.8 111.0 260.5 111.0 111.1 98.5 118.3
51 Hawaii  192.7 152.7 320.7 144.6 124.2 120.1 127.6
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 first quarter of 2022. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2022 was St. Louis, with an index of 85.0. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 95.2.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - First Quarter 2022

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport. Health Misc.
St. Louis MO-IL      85.0 96.7 72.3 95.6 83.5 91.1 87.4
Springfield MO 87.1 96.5 75.0 86.8 92.5 101.7 90.9
Missouri  90.5 95.8 83.2 95.5 89.6 93.7 93.2
Kansas City MO-KS 94.8 92.2 99.6 102.6

86.6

90.3 91.3
Columbia MO  95.2 97.7 86.0 97.1 95.8 91.8 103.0
US Average   100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities 1st Quarter 2022 Image

 

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