Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 6th lowest cost of living in the United States for the 4th quarter of 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 the 4th quarter in 2020 was 89.4.

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 4th Quarter 2020

2020 Average Q4 2020 Cost of Living

 
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
1 Mississippi 84.8 93.0 67.0 92.8 88.5 88.4 91.8
2 Oklahoma 87.2 94.1 71.2 95.6 91.2 94.3 92.6
3 Kansas 87.5 92.4 71.2 98.7 94.5 99.8 91.8
4 Arkansas 88.3 90.4 76.1 91.9 87.2 86.6 96.5
5 Alabama 89.4 96.0 70.4 102.0 92.2 90.7 97.3
6 Missouri 89.4 97.5 73.5 96.9 92.9 97.5 94.7
7 New Mexico 89.8 97.4 81.6 91.2 90.8 97.7 91.5
8 Georgia 90.0 98.4 71.9 92.9 95.1 96.4 97.7
9 Tennessee 90.0 93.9 82.1 92.0 87.1 90.2 94.7
10 Indiana 90.3 92.0 77.0 97.3 98.4 94.1 95.5
11 Michigan 91.0 91.8 76.5 100.1 103.5 96.2 95.6
12 Iowa 92.0 97.0 78.2 96.4 99.1 102.5 96.3
13 Ohio 92.3 99.1 77.5 90.7 101.3 97.8 98.5
14 Texas 92.6 90.3 86.0 102.7 91.8 95.6 95.7
15 West Virginia 92.8 97.3 81.2 89.3 88.2 87.9 102.8
16 Nebraska 93.1 98.7 84.6 88.9 96.4 99.8 97.0
17 Louisiana 93.4 97.2 87.6 87.0 94.7 98.2 97.1
18 Kentucky 94.0 91.3 81.7 97.9 98.8 89.5 102.8
19 Idaho 94.5 92.6 92.4 82.8 106.0 94.9 97.1
20 Wyoming 95.1 103.3 86.7 86.9 86.2 97.0 102.8
21 Illinois 95.7 97.9 86.7 96.1 107.6 99.8 98.2
22 North Carolina 96.2 98.4 85.9 99.2 95.9 110.6 100.7
23 South Carolina 96.2 102.9 85.8 106.8 92.0 94.2 100.0
24 South Dakota 96.4 98.1 100.3 87.4 93.4 102.4 95.3
25 Wisconsin 96.4 98.5 89.5 97.8 98.1 115.0 97.9
26 North Dakota 97.0 102.7 91.7 90.4 104.7 114.2 96.8
27 Utah 97.8 97.3 96.6 93.4 106.9 91.5 98.6
28 Montana 99.3 100.8 104.3 87.2 94.7 98.1 99.6
29 Florida 100.2 106.0 99.0 105.4 99.9 97.5 97.9
30 Puerto Rico 100.7 119.2 80.9 161.6 97.9 65.2 97.5
31 Minnesota 101.1 104.7 90.2 97.4 99.7 112.0 108.3
32 Arizona 101.4 99.9 103.4 104.3 103.9 97.4 99.5
33 Virginia 101.7 97.0 112.3 98.9 92.3 98.8 98.9
34 Pennsylvania 102.8 106.3 99.9 110.3 111.1 94.7 100.5
35 Colorado 104.1 99.2 115.2 86.6 106.6 100.2 102.1
36 Delaware 108.3 119.1 103.8 95.2 106.4 100.5 112.6
37 New Hampshire 108.5 99.5 111.0 113.8 96.7 114.8 111.0
38 Nevada 108.9 107.4 119.3 92.0 119.3 105.2 103.6
39 Washington 112.8 108.8 120.5 90.7 121.5 120.5 111.1
40 Maine 116.8 103.0 138.3 108.2 101.7 114.3 112.2
41 Vermont 116.8 114.8 138.4 118.9 113.9 99.5 103.2
42 New Jersey 117.4 108.2 146.6 99.3 107.4 99.3 108.1
43 Rhode Island 119.6 109.1 131.4 125.8 106.3 107.5 117.9
44 Connecticut 124.1 106.6 140.5 132.4 111.0 111.2 121.0
45 Maryland 127.6 114.6 178.2 108.1 107.7 85.2 109.0
46 Alaska 127.8 129.9 133.5 160.4 118.6 151.7 113.5
47 Massachusetts 130.1 115.3 169.6 105.0 109.0 126.6 118.0
48 New York 134.0 113.9 198.4 100.2 105.5 101.4 112.4
49 Oregon 134.7 113.1 184.1 88.5 128.4 117.1 121.0
50 California 138.7 115.9 197.3 125.2 133.1 112.8 110.5
51 District of Columbia 160.0 115.7 275.8 113.8 106.3 93.0 121.9
52 Hawaii 199.1 168.9 339.2 198.5 142.4 115.2 127.4
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 4th quarter 2020. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 4th quarter 2020 was Joplin, with an index of 82.0. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Q4 2020

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO  82.0 89.8 59.7 104.6 91.5 94.0 86.3
St. Louis MO-IL    88.1 102.3 71.0 97.5 91.3 88.9 92.1
Springfield MO 88.4 100.7 72.0 86.3 88.9 100.3 95.4
Missouri  89.4 97.5 73.5 96.9 92.9 97.5 94.7
Jefferson City MO 89.8 97.8 73.6 96.3 100.8 98.6 93.7
Columbia MO  92.6 98.0 77.4 98.7 90.6 100.6 100.2
Kansas City MO-KS  95.5 96.3 87.1 97.9 94.1 102.3 100.7
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities Chart

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