Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 8th lowest cost of living in the United States for the second quarter 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. For the past 18 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 the second quarter 2021 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

2021 Second Quarter 2021 Cost of Living

Rank State Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi 83.3 90.9 66.0 90.5 83.5 92.2 90.9
2 Kansas 87.1 92.8 71.0 98.8 95.3 100.9 90.6
3 Oklahoma 88.6 94.2 75.0 94.2 93.2 96.5 93.4
4 Alabama 88.8 97.6 70.3 100.4 91.9 91.0 95.7
5 Arkansas 89.1 91.6 76.4 91.2 89.6 85.5 98.0
6 Georgia 89.4 96.6 73.9 90.6 94.1 96.0 96.5
7 Tennessee 89.6 93.2 81.4 91.5 88.2 90.3 94.5
8 Missouri 90.1 95.8 78.2 95.7 92.1 95.5 94.7
9 New Mexico 90.8 95.5 83.8 90.2 95.2 98.2 92.5
10 Indiana 91.0 92.4 78.8 97.1 98.5 93.7 96.2
11 Iowa 91.1 97.6 77.4 95.1 99.0 101.9 98.5
12 Michigan 91.4 92.9 78.5 100.3 101.9 97.1 95.4
13 Ohio 92.0 ++.5 77.7 92.0 98.3 97.3 98.2
14 Texas 92.6 91.0 84.8 102.7 91.2 95.1 96.7
15 West Virginia 92.9 98.4 78.6 89.0 95.4 88.1 103.0
16 Louisiana 93.4 96.4 87.6 86.4 93.9 98.6 97.8
17 Nebraska 93.9 98.7 86.6 88.3 99.1 99.4 97.1
18 Kentucky 93.9 91.6 81.1 102.7 100.3 84.2 102.4
19 Idaho 94.8 92.5 95.4 82.9 106.9 95.5 95.2
20 Illinois 95.4 98.0 87.5 95.5 106.7 99.2 97.3
21 Wyoming 95.5 102.9 83.5 85.8 96.3 98.1 104.3
22 South Carolina 96.4 103.1 84.6 108.7 95.0 95.7 100.4
23 North Carolina 96.5 97.9 89.3 97.8 95.4 110.5 99.7
24 Wisconsin 97.0 100.4 90.0 97.8 95.4 110.5 99.7
25 North Dakota 97.6 101.9 94.1 91.0 104.8 114.2 96.5
26 Utah 98.6 96.9 99.4 93.2 105.2 91.9 99.1
27 South Dakota 99.0 100.5 115.0 90.1 90.8 95.9 93.2
28 Montana 100.3 102.2 106.6 87.6 95.5 99.1 99.3
29 Florida 101.0 105.8 99.8 109.0 100.9 97.9 98.3
30 Minnesota 101.2 104.0 91.0 96.9 100.5 111.0 108.2
31 Virginia 101.3 96.4 110.5 97.5 90.8 100.1 99.7
32 Arizona 102.4 100.7 106.9 104.0 100.8 97.7 100.2
33 Pennsylvania 103.0 107.2 99.4 110.2 109.3 95.9 101.6
34 Colorado 105.4 100.8 116.6 87.0 106.2 98.3 104.1
35 Delaware 108.0 114.5 105.1 96.0 113.7 103.0 110.0
36 Nevada 108.1 108.5 120.2 89.5 117.8 102.4 101.6
37 New Hampshire 109.5 100.0 111.5 113.0 96.0 115.1 113.4
38 Washington 112.7 109.2 119.5 91.0 120.3 121.2 111.3
39 New Jersey 115.5 108.1 139.9 102.7 106.1 97.7 107.4
40 Maine 116.5 101.5 141.7 104.1 104.6 113.3 109.3
41 Vermont 116.8 114.1 138.3 118.4 114.9 98.9 103.2
42 Rhode Island 119.2 109.3 127.3 126.9 107.7 106.2 119.3
43 Connecticut 122.3 104.7 139.6 132.2 110.4 111.9 117.5
44 Maryland 125.5 110.1 173.2 105.3 110.6 84.1 109.2
45 Alaska 126.3 132.6 127.6 155.3 112.9 155.6 114.5
46 Oregon 131.9 109.8 178.9 89.4 125.0 116.3 118.6
47 Massachusetts 132.5 117.0 177.2 108.5 109.5 122.4 116.7
48 California 138.9 111.9 196.3 127.8 136.6 110.4 111.6
49 New York 145.9 119.3 233.9 98.6 109.8 101.9 114.4
50 District of Columbia 156.5 113.8 263.6 108.7 104.1 92.2 123.1
51 Hawaii 193.4 162.4 325.0 184.6 138.9 111.6 128.4
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 2021. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2021 was Joplin, with an index of 83.5. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 94.7.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Second Quarter 2021

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport. Health Misc.
Joplin MO    82.6 89.3 64.0 102.4 90.0 86.4
St. Louis MO-IL      87.9 99.7 73.5 95.4 87.9 88.0 92.7
Missouri   90.1 95.8 78.2 95.7 92.1 95.5 94.7
Springfield      90.5 100.9 76.4 85.6 92.1 102.7 96.8
Jefferson City MO   90.7 95.0 75.4 95.0 102.4 99.5 95.9
Columbia MO 94.3 98.2 85.8 98.2

90.4

96.9 99.0
Kansas City MO-KS  94.7 91.6 93.8 97.3 89.5 94.7 97.2
US Average   100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

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