Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 5th lowest cost of living in the United States for 2019. 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 twelve quarters, Missouri has been in the top ten 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 2019 was 88.5.

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

2019 Average Annual Cost of Living

STATE RANK INDEX GROCERY HOUSING UTILITIES TRANS

HEALTH

CARE

MSC
Mississippi  1 84.8 93.8 67.3 89.5 89.6 89.6 91.6
Oklahoma  2 86.5 94.1 70.3 95.4 90.1 92.9 92.0
Arkansas  3 87.1 91.2 73.9 92.2 83.6 85.6 95.6
New Mexico 4 88.2 100.9 77.9 88.4 93.4 99.2 88.7
Missouri  5 88.5 97.2 70.6 98.6 92.2 97.3 94.2
Kansas  6 88.5 92.6 72.5 101.0 93.4 97.9 93.6
Tennessee 7 88.6 94.0 72.5 98.6 92.2 97.3 94.2
Georgia 8 89.2 98.1 72.2 91.4 95.6 97.3 95.6
Alabama  9 89.2 95.5 69.9 105.3 90.1 89.6 97.2
Michigan 10 89.8 88.7 75.5 98.7 102.4 92.9 95.1
Indiana  11 90.9 92.6 77.3 98.1 98.2 94.0 96.5
West Virginia  12 90.9 91.7 81.2 90.3 87.3 87.9 99.7
Nebraska  13 91.6 96.5 82.1 90.3 95.0 99.8 95.5
Iowa 14 91.9 96.3 78.5 97.5 99.5 99.2 96.3
Texas 15 91.9 89.0 85.3 102.5 91.7 95.3 95.1
Ohio  16 92.8 98.0 77.1 92.2 100.0 97.5 100.7
Louisiana  17 93.1 98.5 85.2 88.6 97.9 97.5 96.6
Kentucky  18 93.1 90.6 80.9 95.2 97.2 92.1 102.1
Idaho  19 93.3 92.0 88.6 82.4 104.1 97.1 97.1
Illinois 20 94.9 96.3 85.7 98.1 107.1 99.8 96.9
North Carolina  21 95.0 97.9 82.4 97.8 91.8 111.6 101.6
Wisconsin 22 96.4 97.5 88.0 99.0 101.2 114.3 98.2
South Carolina 23 96.5 101.7 85.9 107.8 90.6 95.0 101.4
Utah  24 97.4 99.7 92.0 91.6 102.3 94.4 101.2
North Dakota  25 97.8 105.9 92.3 92.3 105.6 111.1 96.8
Florida  26 98.2 103.4 95.9 101.7 96.2 97.0 97.7
Puerto Rico 27 99.6 117.5 83.2 157.0 98.0 66.7 94.2
Arizona  28 99.6 98.4 99.4 105.9 107.1 97.2 96.9
South Dakota 29 100.7 103.9 110.6 91.9 98.3 101.0 94.6
Virginia 30 101.4 96.8 111.1 98.7 90.3 97.2 99.6
Minnesota 31 101.5 106.3 88.0 98.8 101.2 111.5 109.8
Wyoming 32 101.7 102.6 100.8 84.9 92.5 100.6 109.0
Pennsylvania  33 102.4 106.5 102.1 107.2 109.4 92.9 99.0
Colorado  34 104.8 99.7 119.4 88.0 99.1 103.8 101.6
Montana  35 106.3 104.1 117.8 83.7 103.3 95.8 106.4
Delaware 36 107.9 117.2 97.8 94.8 103.8 98.7 117.7
Nevada 37 108.4 107.0 120.7 92.4 119.9 107.0 100.8
New Hampshire 38 108.5 102.0 108.4 118.0 103.9 115.9 108.8
Washington  39 110.1 107.4 117.6 89.0 117.4 119.0 108.0
Vermont  40 114.3 110.8 130.6 119.2 112.7 100.6 103.7
Maine  41 116.6 108.3 127.8 110.0 107.3 117.6 115.2
Rhode Island  42 118.7 106.4 131.3 126.6 112.0 109.3 114.5
New Jersey  43 123.7 109.5 162.8 102.3 108.7 101.6 111.3
Connecticut  44 126.5 110.1 144.3 131.0 112.7 111.8 123.3
Maryland 45 127.6 112.3 180.9 107.3 110.3 87.1 107.3
Alaska 46 128.3 134.0 134.6 156.4 121.4 150.8 112.7
Massachusetts  47 130.1 113.8 169.8 107.6 109.0 122.0 118.3
Oregon 48 134.0 112.1 184.3 87.2 130.8 115.6 119.3
New York 49 137.3 114.4 206.5 107.1 108.1 102.5 112.5
California  50 137.7 119.3 194.8 115.1 134.3 112.9 110.6
District of Columbia  51 159.0 115.7 274.0 118.1 110.4 95.7 118.0
Hawaii  52 191.8 164.6 328.9 172.5 137.9 118.7 124.1
US Average ** 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 2019. The city with the lowest cost of living index for 2019 was Joplin, with an index of 81.6. 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 - Annual Average 2019

STATE INDEX GROCERY HOUSING UTILITIES TRANS

HEALTH

CARE

MSC
Joplin MO  81.6 88.2 59.2 104.8 94.5 93.0 85.5
Springfield MO  86.0 97.1 67.4 87.4 86.3 96.6 94.2
St. Louis MO-IL  87.6 104.1 69.0 100.0 91.5 91.2 90.9
Missouri 88.5 97.2 70.6 98.6 92.2 97.3 94.2
Jefferson City MO  88.6 96.2 71.9 98.3 96.5 94.4 93.1
Columbia MO  91.5 95.3 74.2 100.1 91.8 102.5 99.7
Kansas City MO-KS  95.5 102.2 81.7 100.7 92.4 105.9 101.6
Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities

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