Cost of Living Data Series

Missouri had the 4th lowest cost of living in the United States for the second quarter of 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.

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 of 2019 was 88.3.

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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2019 Second Quarter Annual Cost of Living

STATE RANK INDEX GROCERY HOUSING UTILITIES TRANS

HEALTH

CARE

MSC
Mississippi  1 86.7 95.4 71.5 90.3 91.6 91.5 93.3
Oklahoma  2 87.2 94.7 73.2 94.9 92.1 94.1 92.0
Arkansas  3 87.7 91.4 75.5 92.0 87.9 85.2 95.8
Missouri  4 88.3 97.4 72.5 98.6 92.7 97.4 93.1
Tennessee  5 88.9 92.5 80.5 94.9 89.5 87.6 93.2
Alabama  6 89.2 95.9 71.6 104.7 91.6 88.8 96.9
Michigan  7 89.5 87.1 77.4 97.2 101.0 92.6 95.2
Kansas  8 89.6 93.5 75.4 102.7 94.4 97.8 94.3
Indiana  9 90.5 92.9 78.0 96.8 96.4 95.1 96.5
Georgia  10 90.6 98.4 76.4 89.1 97.1 97.7 97.3
New Mexico  11 91.4 103.2 82.6 88.1 95.6 101.1 92.7
Texas  12 91.5 89.3 85.6 101.2 93.5 95.8 93.8
Kentucky  13 91.7 90.1 79.4 98.6 96.0 90.2 99.9
Iowa  14 92.0 96.6 80.1 98.6 99.8 98.2 95.7
West Virginia  15 92.1 92.2 84.2 90.4 85.0 89.6 101.2
Ohio  16 92.2 98.2 76.7 93.5 100.0 96.8 99.9
Nebraska  17 92.3 96.5 84.0 91.2 96.3 99.4 96.1
Louisiana  18 93.6 99.7 86.4 89.6 99.2 96.5 96.5
Idaho  19 93.8 92.6 87.9 84.9 106.7 98.7 97.5
North Carolina  20 94.4 96.4 83.3 94.8 91.5 109.8 101.8
Illinois  21 95.0 96.1 87.5 96.6 103.6 99.8 97.6
Wyoming  22 95.7 100.8 88.1 86.4 91.9 98.6 103.2
South Carolina  23 95.9 101.4 83.8 105.4 90.3 96.9 102.9
Wisconsin  24 96.3 97.3 89.3 98.6 101.8 113.0 97.8
South Dakota  25 98.5 100.8 100.0 89.3 94.3 106.1 98.8
Utah  26 98.5 101.0 94.5 91.7 103.9 95.6 101.5
North Dakota  27 98.5 106.4 92.3 91.9 104.4 111.5 99.4
Pennsylvania  28 98.8 100.6 93.7 107.4 106.8 92.3 98.7
Florida  29 99.1 105.3 96.6 102.9 98.7 96.3 98.4
Arizona  32 101.0 98.9 100.3 118.6 108.0 96.2 96.7
Virginia  33 101.3 96.8 110.3 98.1 88.6 98.9 99.9
Minnesota  34 101.9 106.7 89.3 99.0 103.1 110.6 110.1
Montana  35 105.0 104.6 113.8 84.0 100.5 101.4 104.9
Colorado  36 105.9 101.8 121.1 87.0 102.8 102.8 100.7
Delaware  37 107.1 111.2 100.0 96.9 105.3 99.8 115.5
New Hampshire  38 108.4 100.9 108.5 115.1 99.2 116.7 110.9
Nevada  39 109.2 108.9 122.2 91.0 116.2 107.1 101.4
Washington  40 110.2 107.8 117.2 89.6 116.2 118.8 108.0
Vermont  41 116.9 110.5 137.8 117.2 111.8 102.0 104.8
Maine  42 117.3 108.4 126.3 110.0 107.7 118.9 117.3
Rhode Island  43 120.9 106.7 137.3 124.8 107.5 110.0 116.3
New Jersey  44 125.4 109.3 164.1 103.5 111.0 104.1 111.1
Connecticut  45 128.9 111.5 149.5 129.8 114.2 114.3 123.7
Alaska  46 129.7 138.6 137.8 147.0 120.8 146.7 115.2
Maryland  47 130.2 108.5 187.2 105.6 108.0 89.4 107.7
Oregon  48 133.1 111.9 183.8 87.1 126.3 113.2 114.6
Massachusetts  49 134.2 114.0 175.6 110.8 113.1 118.6 120.6
New York  50 135.3 112.0 195.1 106.9 108.8 104.2 112.0
California  51 139.1 118.8 195.6 117.8 128.9 111.7 110.8
District of Columbia  52 162.1 117.5 271.2 116.3 104.9 98.2 122.0
Hawaii  53 192.1 165.9 322.1 163.5 140.4 117.9 122.9
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 first quarter of 2019. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the first quarter was Joplin, with an index of 80.7. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 94.5.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Second Quarter 2019

Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO 81.5 88.6 61.1 105.6 97.8 93.4 84.1
Springfield MO 85.3 96.9 68.6 87.3 88.0 99.4 92.0
St. Louis MO-IL 87.6 103.1 69.8 100.1 92.2 93.8 91.5
Jefferson City MO 88.2 97.5 73.0 98.6 94.4 94.5 92.3
Missouri  88.3 97.4 72.5 98.6 92.7 97.4 93.1
Columbia MO 92.0 95.9 79.1 99.6 91.5 101.5 98.4
Kansas City MO-KS 94.9 102.2 83.3 100.3 92.3 102.4 100.3
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Cost of Living for Selected Missouri Cities Picture

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