Cost of Living Data Series
Third Quarter 2014


Missouri had the 16th lowest cost of living in the United States for the third quarter of 2014. In general, the most expensive areas to live were New England, Alaska, Hawaii, 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 for the third quarter of 2014 index was 93.1, up from the 2013 third quarter index of 92.7.

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.

Composite Cost of Living Map of United States


Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
Third Quarter 2014
Scaled Map of U.S.

Third Quarter 2014 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health  Misc.
Mississippi 1 87.6 91.6 73.2 84.6 92.1 92.2 95.7
Tennessee 2 89.4 91.8 76.9 90.3 93.5 89.9 96.3
Indiana 3 89.9 94.0 79.2 93.3 96.6 94.2 92.5
Idaho 4 90.7 92.1 74.6 83.0 108.6 101.7 96.7
Michigan 5 91.7 94.1 79.2 96.0 98.7 94.9 96.1
Alabama 6 92.0 100.6 78.7 98.1 92.4 86.6 97.8
Oklahoma 7 92.1 96.3 79.8 94.0 94.1 94.9 98.2
Kentucky 8 92.3 94.8 79.1 99.2 95.2 90.7 98.7
Utah 9 92.3 98.9 82.3 90.2 103.3 91.3 94.2
Nebraska 10 92.4 97.7 83.1 96.0 95.3 102.3 93.8
Arkansas 11 92.5 95.7 82.0 99.1 89.8 87.7 99.1
New Mexico 12 92.6 97.6 73.6 89.7 102.5 96.5 101.9
Kansas 13 92.7 95.8 81.2 98.9 93.4 97.7 97.5
Iowa 14 92.8 94.3 87.3 97.6 96.7 96.6 93.0
Texas 15 92.9 90.8 85.4 94.1 96.0 94.8 97.8
Missouri 16 93.1 96.3 78.2 105.9 94.5 99.6 98.1
Ohio 17 94.4 99.3 83.8 98.5 100.6 99.1 96.4
Wyoming 50 94.4 100.7 92.6 100.1 92.3 100.1 91.5
Georgia 18 94.4 102.4 83.1 96.1 98.1 97.2 97.8
Louisiana 19 94.7 96.3 89.8 95.8 99.1 92.3 96.2
South Carolina 20 95.2 104.2 83.0 102.8 92.7 99.5 99.2
Virginia 21 95.8 95.1 93.1 101.5 91.1 98.2 97.9
Illinois 22 96.1 96.8 92.6 97.4 103.1 100.1 94.7
North Carolina 23 96.5 102.3 84.8 97.2 98.1 105.7 101.3
Wisconsin 24 97.3 100.0 89.4 101.0 101.2 110.4 97.8
Florida 25 99.3 103.1 95.6 100.2 100.9 96.7 100.2
North Dakota 26 99.8 101.7 100.5 88.4 104.5 110.2 98.6
Arizona 27 100.3 101.7 101.0 96.8 102.5 101.0 99.3
Minnesota 28 101.2 104.8 96.0 89.7 99.2 105.8 107.2
South Dakota 29 101.5 112.1 112.4 89.4 92.8 95.6 96.5
Colorado 30 101.9 97.8 111.3 90.2 104.3 106.0 98.0
West Virginia 31 102.0 97.9 111.2 93.0 100.5 100.6 100.0
Pennsylvania 32 102.1 104.7 99.1 107.7 101.3 95.7 102.8
Montana 33 102.1 105.4 116.1 86.2 95.4 105.7 96.5
Washington 34 103.6 100.9 106.7 85.3 110.8 112.4 103.7
Delaware 35 103.7 109.1 97.1 115.1 99.9 99.9 105.2
Nevada 36 103.7 113.8 96.3 86.5 108.1 101.3 109.3
Maine 37 111.6 97.2 122.1 100.8 109.8 114.4 112.6
Maryland 38 116.6 108.3 170.8 98.6 103.5 91.5 91.5
New Hampshire 46 116.6 99.0 130.6 122.8 99.5 117.9 117.1
Vermont 39 120.3 111.9 147.8 123.1 108.9 107.2 107.5
Rhode Island 40 123.3 113.1 136.3 123.7 104.1 119.3 125.1
Massachusetts 41 124.7 99.8 147.2 129.4 116.0 121.8 119.2
Oregon 42 124.9 111.6 158.5 88.0 113.3 114.5 120.9
New Jersey 43 125.4 109.9 164.5 112.1 104.5 109.1 115.2
New York 44 131.6 107.7 192.6 106.0 112.0 104.7 112.5
California 45 131.9 115.8 189.4 116.6 114.5 110.0 107.6
Alaska 47 133.2 128.0 150.4 159.7 115.8 144.5 118.7
District of Columbia 48 138.8 109.2 246.6 97.5 105.6 95.7 97.3
Connecticut 49 145.9 120.0 211.0 127.2 120.2 115.3 125.1
Hawaii 51 163.8 157.7 208.1 266.2 126.0 113.8 122.4
Grand Total 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 third quarter of 2014. The city that had the lowest index for the year was Springfield with an index of 89.4. The city with the highest index was Kansas City with an index of 98.5.


Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities Third Quarter 2014
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Springfield MO 89.4 94.0 71.8 110.3 90.0 96.5 93.7
Joplin MO 89.8 93.2 69.6 117.0 94.5 95.1 93.5
Jefferson City MO 91.6 96.8 77.9 98.7 92.1 98.5 97.0
Missouri 93.1 96.3 78.2 105.9 94.5 99.6 98.1
Columbia MO 94.4 96.4 87.3 96.4 88.5 102.2 99.8
St. Louis MO-IL 94.7 102.8 72.0 115.8 102.2 105.7 98.5
Kansas City MO-KS 98.5 94.6 90.3 97.1 99.9 99.8 106.3
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

 


Cost of Living Bar Chart of Top US States

Cost of living for counties within the Kansas City and St. Louis Metropolitan Area collectively averaged below the national index. Counties with the lowest composite indices for the year 2013 were Shannon (93.3), DeKalb (93.7) and Wright County (93.7). Counties with the highest indices were St. Louis County (109.2) followed by St. Louis City (107.5) and Platte County (101.5).

2013 Composite Cost of Living Index

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