Cost of Living Data Series
Second Quarter 2017


Missouri had the sixth lowest cost of living in the United States for the second quarter of 2017. 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 cost of living index for the second quarter of 2017 was 89.9.

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


Second Quarter 2017 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 85.5 94.4 69.3 89.6 91.1 91.2 91.4
Arkansas 2 87.4 91.3 77.0 94.7 87.9 88.1 91.7
Tennessee 3 89.4 92.2 77.4 93.4 89.4 88.8 96.8
Kansas 4 89.7 94.0 78.2 95.2 92.0 95.4 94.2
Oklahoma 5 89.8 95.0 76.4 97.6 90.9 94.6 95.1
Missouri 6 89.9 96.9 74.1 104.0 95.0 96.9 93.2
Michigan 7 90.3 92.4 78.7 92.7 103.8 95.2 93.6
Texas 8 90.6 90.0 83.9 98.5 94.5 95.3 92.2
Georgia 9 90.6 99.5 75.8 94.3 95.2 95.9 95.8
Alabama 10 90.7 97.3 73.5 105.9 92.3 86.9 97.3
Indiana 11 90.8 93.9 77.1 93.4 96.4 94.0 97.6
Idaho 12 91.3 90.4 86.8 87.7 103.0 101.2 91.9
Nebraska 13 91.8 96.1 87.3 85.8 92.6 99.4 94.3
Iowa 14 91.9 93.9 81.8 97.2 100.1 97.5 94.8
Ohio 15 92.3 98.9 76.5 91.0 103.7 95.8 99.1
Kentucky 16 93.3 89.0 83.9 98.2 100.3 92.3 99.2
New Mexico 17 94.1 88.5 92.4 84.7 102.3 99.9 97.4
Louisiana 18 94.6 98.2 90.3 88.5 98.4 99.9 96.6
North Carolina 19 94.6 98.2 84.0 97.4 98.5 106.9 98.2
Utah 20 95.3 100.8 93.7 80.2 100.3 100.0 96.9
West Virginia 21 95.9 102.0 88.5 87.5 91.5 89.8 103.7
Arizona 22 96.5 102.3 93.7 99.0 98.6 99.6 94.7
Wyoming 23 96.5 112.2 80.4 104.0 94.9 99.4 101.0
Illinois 24 97.2 98.0 89.0 94.2 104.6 99.7 101.8
Wisconsin 25 97.4 97.3 87.8 100.9 103.4 113.5 100.5
Florida 26 98.5 102.8 96.3 102.8 102.9 96.8 96.3
South Carolina 27 98.6 100.3 85.7 112.6 92.0 101.6 105.6
North Dakota 28 98.9 106.4 94.6 84.0 104.9 111.5 100.6
South Dakota 29 99.6 98.6 114.7 95.8 93.6 99.8 90.7
Minnesota 30 99.8 105.1 87.7 91.9 101.3 111.7 107.6
Montana 31 100.7 105.4 106.4 77.2 95.3 102.8 102.4
Pennsylvania 32 101.6 104.5 100.2 108.5 107.2 91.5 99.3
Delaware 33 102.2 105.5 96.8 110.7 89.6 95.7 106.9
Virginia 34 102.2 97.0 112.2 100.2 91.7 101.3 99.7
Colorado 35 102.9 97.6 117.1 79.0 101.5 106.9 100.5
Nevada 36 105.4 100.7 107.2 84.6 109.5 106.6 110.3
Washington 37 108.0 107.9 108.8 94.3 117.6 118.1 107.6
Maine 38 111.7 101.0 118.8 119.8 101.2 106.3 111.3
New Hampshire 39 112.0 107.9 108.0 132.9 98.4 112.6 114.4
Connecticut 40 116.5 101.5 129.8 100.5 108.0 113.2 119.3
Vermont 41 120.9 112.7 147.6 121.0 110.6 103.5 107.8
Rhode Island 42 122.3 120.2 139.0 127.3 95.4 108.5 117.4
New Jersey 43 122.5 104.9 151.1 116.7 111.6 103.6 113.7
Maryland 44 127.0 109.9 179.3 103.8 99.4 91.7 110.8
Alaska 45 130.4 134.3 140.1 145.8 122.2 146.7 117.4
Massachusetts 46 130.5 109.1 169.3 120.9 106.0 119.2 119.0
New York 47 131.6 111.7 187.2 105.9 106.7 100.7 113.5
Oregon 48 131.7 119.9 174.9 80.0 106.7 107.8 126.6
California 49 145.6 119.2 225.2 114.1 127.4 110.1 111.4
District of Columbia 50 153.4 111.5 251.1 115.6 113.5 101.6 120.4
Hawaii 51 166.4 153.6 223.7 203.6 138.8 117.1 128.9
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 second quarter of 2017. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the second quarter was Joplin, with an index of 85.6. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 93.1.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities Second Quarter 2017
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 85.6 88.4 65.6 129.1 102.3 89.6 82.8
Springfield MO Metro 89.3 95.9 71.4 98.3 88.4 98.6 97.4
Jefferson City MO Metro 89.7 93.0 73.9 101.4 92.9 99.2 95.4
Missouri 89.9 96.9 74.1 104.0 95.0 96.9 93.2
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 90.4 105.6 70.2 111.9 97.6 96.5 91.7
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 91.0 99.9 81.3 82.3 93.8 98.7 95.9
Columbia MO Metro 93.1 98.6 82.1 100.9 95.0 98.6 96.1
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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