Cost of Living Data Series
Annual Average 2018


Missouri had the fourth lowest cost of living in the United States in 2018. In general, the most expensive areas to live were Hawaii, Alaska, the West Coast, and the Northeast. 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 2018 cost of living index was 88.8.

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


2018 Annual Cost of Living Average
State Rank Index Grocery Housing Transportation Utilities Health Care Misc
Mississippi 1 85.7 91.4 70.8 91.6 90.6 91.4 94.2
Oklahoma 2 88.1 92.5 74.6 92.7 95.7 95.4 95.5
Arkansas 3 88.4 96.5 76.4 90.9 91.1 85.9 91.2
Missouri 4 88.8 93.0 73.5 93.8 99.5 98.0 98.0
Michigan 5 89.3 94.6 78.0 101.0 96.6 92.8 85.9
Alabama 6 89.5 97.0 72.4 92.1 104.6 87.9 96.0
Tennessee 7 89.5 94.1 80.3 90.8 95.2 88.0 93.9
Kansas 8 89.7 93.7 76.5 95.8 102.4 96.5 93.4
Indiana 9 90.1 96.6 76.7 97.2 96.6 95.2 92.0
Wyoming 10 90.5 92.6 79.8 95.5 92.8 94.5 102.2
Georgia 11 91.2 97.7 76.8 97.4 92.2 96.9 98.9
Texas 12 91.3 94.0 84.3 94.4 101.0 95.2 89.9
Iowa 13 91.8 95.4 80.3 97.9 99.7 97.1 96.3
Kentucky 14 91.8 99.4 80.9 98.3 96.2 90.9 88.9
New Mexico 15 92.8 94.2 84.1 96.2 90.0 102.2 104.5
Ohio 16 92.8 100.8 77.2 101.4 93.2 96.1 99.2
Nebraska 17 93.3 94.6 88.4 99.9 91.2 98.9 95.4
Louisiana 18 93.6 97.0 86.8 96.6 89.6 94.9 100.4
North Carolina 19 94.0 100.5 83.0 93.9 95.3 107.5 96.0
Idaho 20 94.2 98.0 86.9 107.9 87.6 100.2 93.1
West Virginia 21 94.7 103.1 88.6 87.1 89.3 91.6 96.0
Illinois 22 95.7 98.6 88.2 104.2 96.7 100.3 97.0
Wisconsin 23 95.8 97.7 88.8 101.7 96.6 112.9 96.4
Arizona 24 97.7 94.8 95.6 103.3 107.7 95.8 99.6
Utah 25 98.2 99.8 95.0 103.3 93.5 96.8 101.0
South Carolina 26 98.3 104.7 87.4 92.7 108.4 101.0 101.8
South Dakota 27 98.5 99.0 100.5 92.3 92.2 105.1 99.4
Pennsylvania 28 98.6 98.9 93.1 107.1 106.8 92.3 100.4
North Dakota 29 98.7 98.7 94.4 104.1 92.0 111.8 105.1
Florida 30 98.9 98.2 96.1 99.2 101.3 95.5 106.2
Minnesota 31 101.5 109.1 89.4 102.6 98.1 111.4 106.6
Virginia 32 102.0 100.3 111.9 89.4 97.7 100.4 96.6
Montana 33 104.0 104.6 110.5 95.4 86.6 105.4 105.5
Colorado 34 105.5 100.2 120.7 104.8 86.2 102.2 100.6
Delaware 35 106.0 112.0 101.4 103.9 100.0 99.3 108.0
Nevada 36 108.3 103.3 119.2 110.3 88.9 107.4 109.2
New Hampshire 37 109.3 114.2 106.9 97.4 115.0 117.1 103.8
Washington 38 109.5 108.4 114.4 114.1 90.6 119.0 108.1
Maine 39 117.2 117.7 125.4 104.6 113.5 116.6 109.6
Vermont 40 118.7 105.8 144.1 110.8 117.6 102.7 108.1
New Jersey 41 122.5 110.9 155.0 110.3 107.0 105.1 105.4
Rhode Island 42 122.5 118.1 142.1 102.3 121.2 111.0 109.4
Connecticut 43 128.8 121.5 155.4 116.3 113.7 118.8 111.1
Alaska 44 130.6 117.0 138.1 119.8 150.8 146.3 138.8
Oregon 45 131.2 112.9 182.2 116.8 88.1 111.2 112.3
Maryland 46 131.3 109.0 189.9 106.7 105.9 91.1 107.6
Massachusetts 47 133.8 120.4 174.4 111.9 111.6 120.8 113.9
New York 48 135.7 112.7 197.1 107.9 105.5 103.9 110.6
California 49 138.7 111.2 196.1 122.0 121.6 110.8 116.6
District of Columbia 50 162.9 127.7 268.2 102.7 115.6 99.6 116.9
Hawaii 51 190.1 124.2 311.0 140.7 172.1 116.3 165.9
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 Cost of Living Index below the national average in 2018. The Missouri city with the lowest cost of living index in 2018 was Joplin, with an index of 82.3. The city with the highest cost of living was Kansas City, with an index of 95.1, although it was still well below the national average.


Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - Annual Average 2018
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 82.3 89.9 61.6 109.1 102.0 93.7 83.4
Springfield MO Metro 86.0 97.8 69.8 87.3 90.3 102.2 91.7
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 87.9 102.0 69.5 102.5 93.7 94.6 91.9
Jefferson City MO Metro 88.7 99.1 73.4 99.6 92.1 96.1 92.9
Missouri 88.8 93.0 73.5 93.8 99.5 98.0 98.0
Columbia MO Metro 93.0 96.6 81.8 99.7 91.1 101.3 98.8
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 95.1 102.7 85.1 99.0 93.7 99.9 99.5
US Average 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0


Cost of Living Bar Chart of Top Mo Metros


 

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