Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 9th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third 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 the third quarter 2022 was 90.1.

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.

Cost of Living Map of United States JPG Image Map

2022 Third Quarter Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi  84.5 91.9 68.5 88.5 92.6 99.5 91.2
2 Oklahoma  86.7 94.7 72.4 95.0 91.4 91.5 92.2
3 Alabama 87.1 98.2 68.2 100.2 88.1 89.5 95.2
4 Kansas 87.3 94.3 72.0 98.7 96.3 101.1 91.0
5 Iowa 88.2 98.0 70.6 95.5 95.4 98.9 94.9
6 Georgia 88.9 96.4 77.7 90.0 89.4 96.5 94.8
7 Ohio 89.4 100.8 71.1 92.4 95.6 94.4 98.5
8 West Virginia 89.8 96.3 76.9 91.7 104.7 97.1 94.0
9 Missouri 90.1 96.8 80.4 94.2 97.8 91.2 92.8
10 Indiana 90.2 94.5 76.8 107.6 94.8 97.5 93.3
11 Tennessee  90.3 94.4 84.0 94.7 91.2 87.8 93.3
12 Arkansas  90.7 92.5 78.4 100.1 89.7 84.2 100.6
13 Nebraska 91.1 96.9 81.6 88.8 102.1 99.3 94.2
14 Wyoming 91.66 101.4 80.4 81.7 96.4 98.2 98.6
15 Michigan 91.7 92.3 82.1 98.2 98.5 95.8 96.8
16 Illinois 91.9 100.5 81.7 94.6 104.3 96.0 92.8
17 Texas 92.6 91.0 84.8 105.9 91.9 94.8 96.8
18 Kentucky 92.8 92.5 75.7 105.4 105.9 77.0 105.4
19 Louisiana  93.5 98.8 85.2 88.3 96.0 100.4 99.2
20 New Mexico  93.8 96.8 87.3 88.4 101.0 103.0 97.4
21 Wisconsin  93.9 97.0 84.4 105.6 95.2 110.1 95.3
22 Minnesota   95.1 97.4 83.5 95.6 100.8 109.0 102.2
23 South Dakota 96.1 100.4 99.6 91.9 89.5 98.6 92.6
24 South Carolina  96.3 101.4 89.5 108.6 88.0 96.8 98.3
25 North Carolina 96.9 98.4 94.0 93.2 90.4 110.9 99.9
26 North Dakota  97.4 103.5 88.2 104.7 101.5 110.5 98.2
27 Pennsylvania  98.2 102.9 89.4 104.4 106.1 100.1 100.1
28 Idaho  98.9 95.6 102.3 79.2 114.8 93.0 100.7
29 Puerto Rico  100.6 118.6 86.3 155.6 84.9 73.7 94.0
30 Nevada 101.9 104.6 112.9 98.3 112.2 93.4 89.0
31 Utah 102.0 99.5 105.0 92.1 110.3 93.5 103.0
32 Virginia  102.1 96.3 108.3 100.1 94.1 102.7 101.4
33 Florida 104.5 106.4 112.2 99.0 97.7 98.0 100.2
34 Colorado 105.2 100.8 115.7 83.9 112.2 97.9 104.2
35 Montana 105.3 100.8 115.7 83.9 111.2 97.9 104.2
36 Delaware 105.4 106.4 103.7 94.1 117.5 109.6 106.8
37 Arizona  108.0 101.8 127.2 99.4 101.3 92.4 98.7
38 Rhode Island  111.2 96.3 113.8 123.5 110.8 101.6 114.3
39 New Jersey 114.0 107.0 133.5 106.4 111.4 96.5 103.7
40 Washington  114.0 107.0 133.5 106.4 111.4 96.5 103.7
41 Maine   114.5 103.2 119.8 113.7 111.5 128.7 127.4
42 New Hampshire 114.7 104.6 107.4 113.7 111.5 128.7 127.4
43 Connecticut 115.4 99.1 121.5 127.3 112.1 108.1 116.4
44 Vermont 116.4 106.8 129.5 122.0 121.3 109.6 106.3
45 Oregon 122.2 106.4 156.1 91.3 125.1 109.2 108.0
46 Maryland 124.1 112.2 157.0 106.9 103.0 94.4 112.4
47 Alaska  125.5 131.8 120.0 138.4 121.0 151.7 120.5
48 New York  135.7 109.2 194.1 100.6 105.6 103.1 114.9
49 California  138.7 112.3 194.0 122.4 124.4 109.7 110.0
50 Massachusetts  149.9 113.0 217.3 121.2 134.0 113.8 120.6
51 District of Columbia  153.4 105.2 243.9 118.4 109.7 94.8 118.9
52 Hawaii  186.0 148.5 307.0 134.6 128.3 120.3 124.1
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 third quarter of 2022. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2022 was Joplin with an index of 82.5 The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.0. Cape Girardeau, MO-IL was added to the survey and had an index of 94.9 just lower than Kansas City, Mo-KS.

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

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport. Health Misc.
Joplin, Mo 82.5 91.6 62.3 95.7 102.8 98.5 86.3
St. Louis MO-IL      87.0 99.1 75.0 90.2 96.0 90.5 88.5
Springfield, MO 87.1 96.6 73.5 88.0 85.0 97.8 94.3
Missouri  90.1 96.8 80.4 94.2 97.8 91.2 92.8
Columbia, MO 94.2 99.2 86.2 95.2

103.0

90.6 97.5
Cape Girardeau, MO-IL  94.9 104.0 81.6 95.1

115.1

81.5 100.2
Kansas City MO-KS  95.0 90.3 103.7 100.9 85.1 88.3 90.1
US Average   100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

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