Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 5th 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 16 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 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.

Cost of Living Map of United States Annual Average 2020

2020 Annual Average 2020 Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi  84.5 92.7 66.2 93.2 88.3 88.1 91.9
2 Kansas  86.8 92.3 70.3 99.0 94.1 100.5 90.8
3 Oklahoma  87.2 93.3 71.6 94.4 92.0 95.1 93.1
4 Arkansas  88.1 90.5 75.4 92.4 88.6 86.4 96.1
5 Missouri  89.1 97.1 73.7 96.6 91.8 96.9 94.4
6 Alabama  89.2 96.1 69.7 101.7 92.5 90.8 97.4
7 New Mexico  89.3 96.4 81.2 91.2 90.2 97.6 91.1
8 Georgia  89.7 97.6 71.4 93.8 96.3 97.6 97.2
9 Tennessee  89.7 93.5 81.2 92.1 86.9 90.1 95.1
10 Indiana  89.8 92.4 76.5 97.1 97.3 93.7 94.9
11 Michigan  90.6 89.2 76.7 101.2 101.8 94.8 96.1
12 Iowa  91.3 96.8 76.9 96.4 98.8 102.4 95.8
13 Texas  92.0 90.9 83.8 102.6 90.9 95.1 96.0
14 Ohio  92.2 97.9 77.0 89.3 103.1 100.0 98.8
15 West Virginia  92.7 99.4 79.0 89.5 88.0 88.4 103.6
16 Nebraska  93.0 98.9 83.9 88.7 96.6 98.9 97.4
17 Louisiana  93.2 97.0 87.3 86.9 93.8 98.6 97.0
18 Kentucky  93.6 90.9 80.7 99.3 97.9 87.9 103.1
19 Idaho  93.9 92.7 91.9 83.3 104.9 94.4 95.9
20 Wyoming  94.3 102.65 84.15 87 86 97.45 102.6
21 Illinois  95.0 97.8 85.9 95.4 105.5 99.0 97.8
22 South Carolina  95.9 103.3 86.0 106.9 92.4 94.1 98.9
23 Wisconsin  96.1 99.3 88.8 98.2 97.1 113.2 97.5
24 North Carolina  96.1 98.0 87.1 99.4 94.9 111.8 99.8
25 North Dakota  96.5 101.7 90.9 90.6 104.4 113.2 96.3
26 Utah  97.9 97.0 97.0 93.7 107.2 90.9 98.5
27 Montana  99.4 100.6 104.4 87.6 94.4 98.5 99.4
28 South Dakota  99.8 99.5 114.6 89.9 91.9 96.7 93.2
29 Puerto Rico  99.8 120 79.1 162.6 97.2 65.1 96.6
30 Florida  99.8 104.9 98.7 103.7 100.3 99.0 97.6
31 Minnesota  100.7 104.5 90.1 97.4 99.7 110.5 107.3
32 Arizona  101.3 100.0 103.2 104.4 103.7 97.0 99.5
33 Virginia  101.5 97.2 111.1 98.8 92.4 99.4 99.0
34 Pennsylvania  104.0 109.0 102.0 110.8 111.7 95.7 101.0
35 Colorado  104.2 100.2 113.9 86.7 108.4 99.3 102.4
36 Delaware  107.7 118.3 104.8 96.0 107.7 101.6 109.9
37 New Hampshire  108.4 98.5 111.7 112.4 94.6 114.1 111.5
38 Nevada  108.8 108.3 118.0 91.8 118.2 104.0 104.4
39 Washington  113.0 109.1 119.3 91.4 122.6 121.0 111.7
40 Maine  116.1 101.1 138.9 108.5 101.7 113.5 110.1
41 Vermont  116.4 116.0 138.4 118.8 114.7 99.2 101.3
42 New Jersey  116.8 108.1 143.7 99.7 106.9 99.9 108.2
43 Rhode Island  119.6 110.1 129.8 126.4 105.5 106.3 118.9
44 Connecticut  123.0 105.8 139.2 133.3 110.3 111.1 119.2
45 Maryland  127.2 113.2 175.8 108.2 107.9 85.1 109.9
46 Alaska  127.3 128.7 130.8 161.5 118.7 152.0 113.9
47 Massachusetts  129.9 115.7 168.4 105.6 109.6 125.9 117.2
48 Oregon  133.7 112.6 181.3 89.1 129.2 116.3 119.6
49 California  142.4 116.2 204.1 127.3 136.0 112.5 113.4
50 New York  146.6 119.3 236.1 98.8 110.0 101.7 114.6
51 District of Columbia  159.0 115.7 271.4 113.2 105.5 92.8 121.6
52 Hawaii  198.6 170.9 332.3 202.2 144.4 113.3 127.8
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 2020. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2020 was Joplin, with an index of 81.2. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.2.

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

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO  81.2 89.4 59.6 104.3 89.5 92.7 85.4
St. Louis MO-IL    88.0 101.5 71.3 96.5 89.4 89.1 93.0
Springfield MO 88.6 101.5 72.4 86.6 89.3 101.2 94.9
Missouri  89.1 97.1 73.7 96.6 91.8 96.9 94.4
Jefferson City MO 89.2 97.6 72.8 95.8 100.8 98.8 92.9
Columbia MO  92.4 98.9 78.2 98.3 89.2 98.6 99.5
Kansas City MO-KS  95.2 93.8 87.6 98.2 92.7 100.7 100.8
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

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