Cost of Living Data Series
First Quarter 2017


Missouri had the 7th lowest cost of living in the United States for the first quarter of 2017. 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 2017 was 90.1.

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 2017 Cost of Living
State Rank Index  Grocery Housing Utilities Transportation Heath  Misc.
Mississippi 1 85.0 94.9 71.7 85.0 91.0 92.3 89.2
Arkansas 2 87.9 91.3 77.3 95.0 87.6 87.3 93.2
Oklahoma 3 89.1 94.3 74.8 98.5 89.3 92.0 95.3
Michigan 4 89.5 91.7 79.4 91.7 100.8 94.1 92.4
Tennessee 5 89.7 91.9 78.7 96.6 90.4 88.7 95.5
Georgia 6 90.0 97.1 74.7 95.1 98.8 96.7 94.7
Missouri 7 90.1 99.2 73.9 102.1 94.3 97.3 94.0
Texas 8 90.4 89.4 83.0 97.9 93.1 97.1 92.9
Indiana 9 90.6 95.3 77.8 96.0 93.2 92.5 96.2
Alabama 10 90.6 97.1 73.8 109.5 92.4 87.2 95.6
Idaho 11 90.8 85.8 80.1 93.9 104.6 98.2 95.8
Kansas 12 91.1 94.0 78.5 96.6 93.9 96.8 97.0
Iowa 13 92.3 93.4 83.5 94.7 100.3 97.7 95.4
Ohio 14 92.7 98.6 73.6 91.5 100.5 96.5 103.2
Louisiana 15 93.8 98.0 88.0 91.8 96.2 96.9 96.3
Nebraska 16 93.9 95.4 88.5 88.4 103.0 98.3 96.3
Utah 17 94.0 101.6 91.7 81.3 97.7 97.1 95.0
North Carolina 18 94.5 98.5 85.3 96.0 99.4 106.8 96.9
Kentucky 19 94.6 90.6 84.5 94.1 99.2 91.6 103.3
Wyoming 20 94.7 107.4 83.2 107.0 95.0 98.9 94.8
West Virginia 21 95.3 106.1 85.8 87.7 101.3 92.0 99.6
New Mexico 22 96.2 96.9 94.9 84.8 103.5 101.2 97.6
Wisconsin 23 96.4 98.9 87.9 100.6 101.0 111.9 97.9
Arizona 24 96.6 101.3 94.1 93.2 96.5 98.0 97.5
Illinois 25 97.1 97.1 90.0 96.6 106.2 99.9 100.1
Montana 26 98.0 101.6 107.8 79.4 92.9 99.2 95.5
North Dakota 27 99.3 103.2 94.2 88.2 107.0 112.1 101.5
Minnesota 28 99.7 108.9 90.6 89.8 103.0 112.0 103.7
South Dakota 29 100.2 103.2 113.1 96.0 91.4 99.1 92.5
Florida 30 100.4 106.1 97.7 102.4 101.8 98.8 99.6
South Carolina 31 100.5 103.7 87.0 113.0 92.9 101.0 108.2
Nevada 32 101.6 98.5 106.9 85.8 108.0 105.4 101.1
Colorado 33 101.6 99.1 112.8 84.4 98.0 106.1 99.3
Virginia 34 101.7 98.4 110.7 99.1 92.6 98.9 99.6
Pennsylvania 35 102.1 103.4 97.8 110.9 107.5 89.5 102.5
Delaware 36 102.5 106.2 98.4 110.8 92.3 98.2 105.2
Washington 37 106.1 108.2 105.8 92.0 115.0 118.3 105.8
Maine 38 115.0 98.6 128.0 117.3 113.9 107.9 111.5
New Hampshire 39 118.0 121.6 108.0 133.1 109.9 114.6 122.8
Vermont 40 120.7 112.1 144.1 121.2 114.4 104.3 109.0
New Jersey 41 121.2 103.6 151.8 116.1 113.1 105.1 109.4
Rhode Island 42 123.2 112.4 141.3 127.5 102.5 108.9 119.3
Oregon 43 127.3 116.0 175.9 80.1 100.9 109.3 116.2
Maryland 44 129.1 113.7 186.1 103.9 108.0 95.0 107.1
Connecticut 45 129.1 104.1 167.1 108.7 114.8 115.0 120.4
Massachusetts 46 129.4 107.5 160.1 127.7 107.7 118.9 121.5
New York 47 131.1 109.9 187.1 103.8 111.8 100.7 111.8
Alaska 48 131.5 137.0 139.0 143.7 121.2 147.3 121.0
California 49 136.3 114.1 196.5 114.8 122.8 110.1 110.5
District of Columbia 50 153.3 117.3 245.7 115.8 114.8 99.7 122.0
Hawaii 51 187.7 165.7 299.3 193.3 133.3 119.3 129.6
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 2017. The city with the lowest cost of living index for the first quarter was Joplin, with an index of 86.8. The city with the highest cost of living was Columbia, with an index of 93.0.

Cost of Living Indices for Participating Missouri Cities First Quarter 2017
Metro Index Grocery Housing Utilities Transport Health Misc.
Joplin MO Metro 86.8 91.2 66.9 123.7 100.7 90.7 85.9
Springfield MO Metro 89.1 101.9 68.8 100.1 85.5 98.9 96.7
St. Louis MO-IL Metro 90.0 102.3 71.3 113.3 94.8 96.0 91.3
Jefferson City MO Metro 90.1 97.8 74.2 99.4 94.6 99.2 94.8
Missouri 90.1 99.2 73.9 102.1 94.3 97.3 94.0
Kansas City MO-KS Metro 91.7 101.9 80.0 82.4 95.7 100.0 97.5
Columbia MO Metro 93.0 99.8 82.4 93.6 94.3 99.1 97.6
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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