Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 5th lowest cost of living in the United States for the 3rd quarter in 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 15 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 3rd quarter in 2020 was 88.9.

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 3rd qtr 2020JPG

2020 Average Q3 2020 Cost of Living

 
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
Mississippi 1 84.8 93.1 66.7 91.8 89.9 89.0 92.0
Oklahoma 2 86.8 94.1 70.1 95.8 91.3 93.1 92.5
Arkansas 3 87.8 90.7 75.2 92.7 86.1 86.2 95.7
Kansas 4 87.9 92.8 71.8 99.4 94.8 98.4 92.3
Missouri 5 88.9 97.6 71.6 97.5 93.9 97.6 94.3
Georgia 6 89.4 99.0 71.3 91.3 97.0 97.5 96.2
Alabama 7 89.4 95.1 70.2 103.3 92.3 90.4 97.5
New Mexico 8 89.6 99.7 80.4 89.9 93.0 98.2 90.8
Tennessee 9 90.2 94.5 82.6 92.2 87.7 89.9 94.4
Indiana 10 90.4 92.3 76.5 97.5 99.4 93.8 95.7
Michigan 11 90.9 92.0 76.0 99.7 104.3 95.4 95.5
Iowa 12 92.1 96.4 78.3 97.0 99.1 101.7 96.7
West Virginia 13 92.1 95.4 81.7 90.3 85.4 87.6 101.5
Texas 14 92.3 89.9 85.9 102.3 92.2 95.4 95.0
Nebraska 15 92.6 97.8 83.7 89.5 96.1 99.4 96.5
Ohio 16 92.9 98.1 78.0 90.6 102.2 98.6 100.0
Louisiana 17 93.4 97.7 86.8 87.5 96.3 97.9 97.0
Kentucky 18 93.8 91.0 81.6 97.3 97.9 91.1 102.6
Idaho 19 94.1 92.7 90.7 82.6 103.4 95.8 97.7
Wyoming 20 95.4 104.6 87.7 87.2 84.8 96.8 102.6
North Carolina 21 95.6 98.4 84.1 99.3 94.0 110.7 101.1
South Carolina 22 95.8 102.1 84.9 106.3 91.5 94.1 100.2
Illinois 23 95.8 97.8 87.0 96.8 107.7 100.0 98.1
Wisconsin 24 96.3 97.4 88.7 98.2 100.3 114.4 97.9
South Dakota 25 97.0 98.7 101.0 87.9 95.1 103.0 95.4
North Dakota 26 97.0 103.5 91.5 90.5 105.3 112.7 96.5
Utah 27 97.3 98.3 93.9 92.7 103.1 92.7 99.7
Montana 28 98.8 101.1 102.0 86.2 94.2 98.2 100.1
Florida 29 99.0 104.2 96.8 101.1 99.1 97.5 98.3
Puerto Rico 30 100.2 118.5 81.2 159.3 98.4 65.6 96.6
Minnesota 31 101.2 105.5 89.2 98.7 100.6 111.6 108.4
Arizona 32 101.3 99.4 102.0 112.3 105.9 96.9 97.9
Virginia 33 101.6 97.1 112.1 99.0 91.9 98.0 98.8
Pennsylvania 34 101.9 105.2 99.4 109.5 109.8 93.6 99.4
Colorado 35 105.0 99.2 119.6 87.6 101.5 103.1 101.7
Delaware 36 107.9 119.9 100.6 94.6 103.6 98.6 114.7
New Hampshire 37 108.2 100.4 110.3 114.0 98.2 115.0 109.7
Nevada 38 108.9 106.5 119.2 93.3 120.3 106.6 103.3
Washington 39 111.3 108.2 118.8 90.1 116.6 119.9 109.9
Vermont 40 116.0 112.2 137.2 118.4 112.4 100.0 103.3
Maine 41 116.2 104.9 134.2 107.6 101.5 114.5 113.0
New Jersey 42 118.2 108.2 149.3 98.3 107.2 100.2 108.5
Rhode Island 43 119.4 108.0 132.3 127.0 106.1 108.0 116.7
Connecticut 44 125.1 107.7 142.2 132.9 112.6 110.5 121.6
Alaska 45 128.0 132.4 134.3 159.5 117.8 150.9 112.8
Maryland 46 128.1 114.6 180.2 108.6 107.1 85.7 108.9
Massachusetts 47 132.6 114.5 173.6 108.9 110.1 122.6 121.4
New York 48 133.7 113.4 197.5 102.8 105.0 101.3 112.0
Oregon 49 134.6 113.8 184.8 87.5 129.4 117.2 120.0
California 50 138.5 117.3 196.5 122.2 132.4 112.7 110.8
District of Columbia 51 161.1 115.8 279.2 115.8 108.0 93.7 121.3
Hawaii 52 196.3 167.7 336.3 189.5 138.8 117.1 125.3
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 3rd quarter 2020. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 3rd quarter 2020 was Joplin, with an index of 81.6. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.4.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Q3 2020

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO  81.6 88.9 57.9 104.5 94.3 93.5 86.1
Springfield MO   87.2 99.9 69.8 86.2 89.4 98.6 94.1
St. Louis MO-IL  88.1 102.8 69.9 98.7 93.4 90.3 92.1
Missouri  88.9 97.6 71.6 97.5 93.9 97.6 94.3
Jefferson City MO 89.3 98.1 73.0 97.5 100.3 97.6 92.3
Columbia MO  91.9 96.7 74.6 99.3 92.3 101.4 100.1
Kansas City MO-KS  95.4 98.9 84.3 98.8 93.5 104.4 101.1
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities JPG

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