Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 7th lowest cost of living in the United States for 2021. 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.

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2021 Annual Average Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi  83.3 92.2 66.3 90.4 86.7 94.7 90.9
2 Kansas  86.5 91.7 72.6 100.2 97.3 100.4 88.4
3 Alabama  87.9 98.2 70.1 100.7 92.7 91.2 94.3
4 Oklahoma  87.9 94.5 74.7 95.1 94.8 94.5 92.6
5 Georgia  88.8 95.9 74.4 90.5 92.6 96.7 97.1
6 Tennessee  89.0 94.7 79.3 92.5 88.8 91.2 94.2
7 Missouri  89.8 95.0 80.3 95.4 92.4 94.6 93.3
8 Iowa  89.9 98.4 76.0 94.9 97.7 99.9 94.2
9 West Virginia  90.5 96.5 78.6 89.4 92.2 88.1 99.7
10 Indiana  90.6 92.7 78.3 99.0 98.3 94.6 96.8
11 Arkansas  90.9 93.1 79.1 92.3 92.3 84.9 102.1
12 New Mexico  91.0 95.5 84.3 89.6 98.1 98.7 92.9
13 Ohio  91.3 99.2 76.5 92.0 98.6 97.2 99.1
14 Michigan  91.3 90.1 80.7 99.7 103.2 96.3 96.3
15 Texas  92.1 90.8 83.8 103.2 94.1 95.2 96.8
16 Louisiana  93.0 96.8 86.0 87.0 96.5 99.4 98.2
17 Kentucky  93.1 92.1 79.9 104.7 103.0 81.6 102.6
18 South Carolina  93.6 99.5 79.6 105.2 95.2 95.7 99.9
19 Nebraska  93.7 98.6 86.6 89.3 100.2 100.8 97.0
20 Illinois  94.3 98.4 86.6 96.5 105.8 96.5 95.8
21 Wyoming  94.3 102.7 81.3 85.2 99.9 99.8 104.0
22 North Carolina  95.7 97.6 88.6 97.7 92.8 109.0 100.1
23 Wisconsin  96.4 99.5 88.4 99.4 99.5 111.9 98.6
24 North Dakota  98.2 101.0 95.4 95.2 104.2 113.3 96.7
25 Utah  99.0 97.3 98.4 90.9 109.9 93.9 101.2
26 Minnesota  100.0 103.9 90.2 96.5 99.4 106.9 108.4
27 Florida  100.3 105.6 99.0 105.3 98.8 97.7 97.7
28 Montana  100.7 103.4 106.3 88.0 94.7 100.9 99.1
29 South Dakota  101.0 102.1 112.8 91.8 89.7 97.4 94.6
30 Virginia  101.8 95.2 111.5 96.7 90.4 100.9 100.4
31 Idaho  102.1 93.8 110.4 82.3 111.7 102.8 102.7
32 Pennsylvania  102.5 107.8 98.0 109.7 105.6 95.4 102.0
33 Arizona  103.2 101.5 107.7 104.8 98.8 97.9 100.9
34 Colorado  105.3 98.1 116.4 88.4 105.6 97.9 104.6
35 Nevada  106.3 107.0 117.9 88.4 119.7 101.2 97.3
36 Delaware  107.9 114.0 103.1 96.5 113.0 106.5 112.3
37 New Hampshire  109.9 103.6 108.1 113.6 97.2 115.8 116.4
38 Washington  111.6 108.4 119.0 90.8 117.4 121.2 109.8
39 Maine  115.0 102.2 136.6 102.3 104.6 112.8 107.3
40 New Jersey  115.2 107.3 136.6 104.6 105.5 97.2 106.3
41 Vermont  117.0 109.2 136.2 119.0 114.2 99.3 104.3
42 Rhode Island  117.2 107.7 121.7 127.6 107.6 105.8 118.6
43 Connecticut  121.6 106.4 134.6 132.4 111.1 111.3 117.5
44 Maryland  124.0 110.4 165.9 105.1 107.6 82.8 105.2
45 Alaska  127.1 134.5 126.9 154.8 109.9 154.2 114.0
46 Oregon  130.1 107.8 172.6 90.2 125.9 115.7 115.6
47 Massachusetts  135.0 119.3 177.6 111.1 111.3 118.8 116.5
48 California  142.2 113.7 201.9 124.3 131.7 110.7 110.3
49 New York  148.2 118.4 230.1 99.8 108.7 102.5 113.7
50 District of Columbia  158.1 110.7 256.9 109.6 103.8 90.8 123.3
51 Hawaii  193.3 152.9 315.0 164.2 133.7 115.3 126.7
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 2021. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2021 was Joplin, with an index of 82.6. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 94.1.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Annual Average 2021

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport. Health Misc.
Joplin MO    82.6 89.9 65.8 100.4 92.0 89.2 86.4
St. Louis MO-IL      87.1 99.5 74.6 94.2 86.3 89.2 90.3
Missouri 89.8 95.0 80.3 95.4 92.4 94.6 93.3
Springfield MO 90.4 100.1 77.9 88.1 93.8 102.9 95.9
Jefferson City MO   90.7 93.9 77.8 93.6 103.1 99.8 96.6
Kansas City MO-KS 93.7 89.5 98.1 97.6

86.2

90.2 92.8
Columbia MO  94.1 97.2 87.7 98.4 92.9 96.2 97.6
US Average   100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities Image

 

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