Cost of Living Data Series
2015 Annual Average


Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States for 2015. In general, the most expensive areas to live were Hawaii, the District of Columbia, 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 for the 2015 annual index was 91.5, down from the 2014 annual index of 93.3.

Cities across the nation participate in C2ER's survey on a volunteer basis. Price information in the survey is governed by C2ER collection guidelines which strive for uniformity.

Cost of Living Map
*No new data was available for the state of New Mexico




Composite Cost of Living (Scaled)
2015 Annual
Scaled Map of U.S.

*No new data was available for the state of New Mexico





Annual 2015 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 83.5 92.3 70.1 83.1 87.8 91.3 89.0
Indiana 2 88.0 92.8 76.1 93.4 92.7 93.3 92.1
Idaho 3 88.2 90.2 72.9 87.9 101.9 103.1 93.8
Oklahoma 4 89.7 96.0 78.5 98.3 89.9 95.7 93.2
Kentucky 5 90.0 92.1 76.8 93.1 98.5 95.0 95.9
Alabama 6 90.2 97.9 75.7 99.7 91.1 85.6 96.8
Tennessee 7 90.3 93.2 78.3 93.5 91.4 89.6 98.1
Kansas 8 90.9 92.0 79.8 97.9 93.2 97.3 96.1
Michigan 9 91.2 91.1 79.7 99.8 101.7 95.6 94.2
Arkansas 10 91.4 93.9 79.9 100.9 92.0 88.7 97.5
Missouri 11 91.5 95.1 78.4 104.5 93.0 97.0 95.9
Georgia 12 91.7 100.3 78.1 91.7 94.1 98.0 98.0
Iowa 13 92.0 93.8 83.9 95.3 98.1 96.3 94.4
Nebraska 14 92.3 97.6 85.4 87.3 99.4 99.2 94.4
Utah 15 92.4 95.0 85.5 86.1 105.6 89.7 94.9
Ohio 16 92.5 98.4 80.7 99.4 97.9 95.4 95.9
Texas 17 92.6 89.4 86.7 95.1 96.0 95.8 96.5
Wyoming 18 92.8 96.8 88.9 100.2 92.0 100.8 91.5
Louisiana 19 93.4 97.3 90.1 88.1 92.9 94.5 96.3
Virginia 20 94.5 93.5 90.0 100.0 90.4 98.6 97.9
North Carolina 21 95.8 99.4 85.3 99.9 97.2 103.4 100.5
Illinois 22 96.5 99.5 90.7 99.0 100.8 99.6 97.6
South Carolina 23 97.5 107.2 84.6 104.8 92.7 102.2 103.3
Wisconsin 24 98.1 101.6 91.1 100.9 100.7 113.3 98.8
Arizona 25 98.8 98.8 98.6 100.4 99.8 100.4 98.0
Florida 26 100.5 104.4 97.7 102.7 102.5 98.1 100.3
North Dakota 27 101.2 108.8 102.0 90.1 98.7 111.2 100.5
Minnesota 28 101.5 107.6 94.5 88.4 104.0 109.8 107.3
Colorado 29 101.9 97.2 111.7 87.0 97.4 103.1 101.4
South Dakota 30 102.5 104.2 117.0 89.5 99.7 96.5 95.4
Montana 31 102.7 103.9 112.9 85.4 97.9 104.8 100.2
Delaware 32 102.8 106.5 95.3 111.3 101.4 101.5 105.7
Pennsylvania 33 103.0 103.0 101.6 114.5 104.6 91.7 101.6
West Virginia 34 103.7 97.0 102.3 93.2 99.3 95.5 113.5
Washington 35 106.0 104.8 109.6 86.7 113.1 116.9 105.7
Nevada 36 106.5 112.5 100.0 94.7 118.4 103.3 109.8
Maine 37 114.7 109.4 121.4 120.0 115.4 111.1 109.6
New Hampshire 38 118.2 111.0 122.7 137.2 104.7 116.2 116.3
Maryland 39 121.1 113.8 172.5 97.8 106.8 88.8 96.6
Rhode Island 40 123.3 118.6 136.0 125.7 106.0 114.7 120.7
Vermont 41 123.8 110.5 152.4 121.2 115.2 106.6 110.8
New Jersey 42 125.6 111.8 161.0 112.0 107.9 108.1 113.5
Oregon 43 129.5 115.5 166.8 83.5 119.0 110.5 123.9
Massachusetts 44 130.4 109.2 171.8 116.9 110.5 117.9 116.1
Connecticut 45 131.8 130.6 161.2 120.7 108.2 115.5 120.9
Alaska 46 133.5 127.0 146.7 154.7 131.1 143.2 117.7
California 47 134.3 113.5 192.4 114.6 125.9 108.1 105.6
New York 48 135.6 110.8 197.1 104.7 115.1 103.7 113.9
District of Columbia 49 146.8 111.9 245.8 96.2 114.2 94.2 110.4
Hawaii 50 168.6 158.8 223.2 224.4 136.5 109.0 127.3
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 2015. The city with the lowest index for the year was Joplin with an index of 86.8. The city with the highest index for 2015 was Columbia with an index of 95.3.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities - 2015 Annual Average
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Health Misc.
Joplin MO 86.8 89.0 70.7 118.0 93.5 90.9 87.0
Springfield MO 88.7 95.5 70.9 102.4 91.7 95.6 95.0
Jefferson City MO 91.4 94.5 77.2 99.9 90.8 99.3 98.9
Missouri 91.5 95.1 78.4 104.5 93.0 97.0 95.9
St. Louis MO-IL 92.5 104.6 72.0 116.5 98.7 99.8 94.4
Kansas City MO-KS 94.1 91.1 91.3 90.4 93.6 95.4 98.9
Columbia MO 95.3 95.6 88.0 99.9 89.8 100.7 101.2
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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