Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2019


Missouri had the 4th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first 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 first quarter of 2019 was 87.1.

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


First Quarter 2019 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi  86.1 1 91.6 70.1 89.1 89.2 91.4 95.4
Arkansas  86.9 2 92.0 73.9 91.8 83.6 85.6 95.7
Oklahoma  87.0 3 95.4 71.9 94.1 89.5 93.2 93.3
Missouri  87.1 4 96.6 70.6 99.6 87.3 95.7 93.0
New Mexico  87.5 5 100.9 77.7 87.9 91.6 100.1 87.9
Tennessee  88.7 6 93.3 80.2 93.4 89.7 88.5 92.6
Michigan  88.9 7 89.3 75.2 97.3 97.4 93.0 95.3
Kansas  89.0 8 91.9 73.8 103.0 92.3 98.9 95.0
Georgia  89.2 9 96.9 73.8 92.4 97.6 98.5 95.2
Wyoming  89.3 10 98.7 72.3 87.3 99.3 94.9 97.2
Alabama  89.3 11 97.4 71.5 103.3 88.6 90.8 97.6
Indiana  90.0 12 93.3 77.3 97.0 93.1 94.3 96.3
Iowa  90.1 13 95.9 79.6 95.3 95.5 97.8 93.0
Nebraska  90.8 14 95.5 80.9 90.8 94.3 99.9 95.3
Ohio  90.8 15 98.7 73.6 91.8 96.7 97.6 99.7
Kentucky  90.9 16 89.9 77.4 97.6 92.8 89.2 100.6
West Virginia  91.1 17 92.9 79.6 89.0 93.5 89.1 100.1
Texas  91.5 18 88.9 85.3 102.3 91.4 96.2 94.5
Idaho  92.3 19 92.2 87.1 82.9 106.7 97.3 94.6
Louisiana  93.9 20 99.9 86.6 89.3 98.5 98.8 97.1
Illinois  94.5 21 94.2 87.2 100.9 100.9 99.0 96.9
North Carolina  94.9 22 96.6 83.1 97.9 93.4 110.6 101.8
South Carolina  95.9 23 101.9 85.1 107.6 88.0 94.2 102.1
Arizona  97.0 24 96.9 91.7 107.4 109.6 94.7 95.6
Wisconsin  97.3 25 100.7 91.4 98.9 98.1 115.2 98.3
Florida  97.9 26 104.0 95.4 102.2 96.7 96.9 96.9
Utah  98.4 27 98.5 93.6 89.4 108.6 96.0 102.4
North Dakota  98.8 28 108.1 90.3 93.6 104.3 111.7 100.5
South Dakota  99.8 29 107.0 109.8 91.8 89.8 103.0 92.8
Virginia  100.7 30 96.1 108.0 99.2 88.1 97.2 100.5
Minnesota  101.6 31 106.7 88.3 96.8 103.7 108.6 110.7
Pennsylvania  101.7 32 106.9 100.8 106.0 109.5 91.9 98.4
Colorado  105.6 33 102.5 119.0 88.4 101.2 102.9 101.3
Montana  106.9 34 105.1 111.6 83.9 125.0 98.4 105.8
Delaware  108.1 35 113.4 98.2 96.5 107.0 101.6 118.6
Nevada  108.5 36 108.3 121.8 89.0 123.5 105.7 98.7
New Hampshire  109.7 37 100.4 110.3 119.5 111.4 116.1 109.1
Washington  110.7 38 107.8 117.8 88.7 121.7 118.9 107.6
Vermont  114.5 39 111.3 126.7 120.2 119.9 101.2 104.1
Maine  117.5 40 107.0 123.1 116.1 121.4 121.8 115.6
Rhode Island  119.4 41 106.2 129.4 123.5 124.0 109.3 115.1
New Jersey  125.1 42 109.5 163.1 101.6 111.1 101.7 111.7
Connecticut  127.7 43 114.2 144.7 128.1 111.8 113.7 124.3
Maryland  129.7 44 108.5 184.5 107.3 116.7 89.2 105.7
Alaska  129.9 45 134.2 133.9 154.2 130.8 150.9 115.7
Massachusetts  131.6 46 113.9 170.3 109.7 116.0 117.6 117.3
Oregon  134.2 47 110.3 181.8 88.0 136.7 113.2 117.2
New York  139.1 48 114.8 204.4 108.7 116.6 104.8 111.5
California  151.7 49 121.4 227.3 117.7 138.9 114.5 116.2
District of Columbia  158.4 50 115.5 267.0 119.7 116.6 97.3 111.8
Hawaii  192.9 51 169.3 318.6 172.7 148.6 116.8 122.4
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 - First Quarter 2019
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO 80.7 89.0 61.3 105.8 90.7 91.0 83.4
Springfield MO 83.9 96.0 65.7 90.7 81.5 95.4 92.0
St. Louis MO-IL 85.9 105.0 69.1 101.0 80.6 92.7 89.3
Jefferson City MO 86.8 94.5 70.3 98.3 93.0 89.6 92.9
Missouri  87.1 96.6 70.6 99.6 87.3 95.7 93.0
Columbia MO 90.6 95.9 76.2 100.2 89.4 99.3 97.6
Kansas City MO-KS 94.5 99.4 80.8 101.7 88.4 106.2 102.5
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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