10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Missouri For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Missouri.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Missouri? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Missouri, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Missouri and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Missouri For 2019

Webster Groves, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 23,069
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 33.5%
More on Webster Groves: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Webster Groves is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in St. Louis County, Missouri. The population was 22,995 at the 2010 census.

Marshall, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,865
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 32.4%
More on Marshall: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Marshall is a city in Saline County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,065 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Saline County. The Marshall Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Saline County. It is home to Missouri Valley College.

Kirkwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,659
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 50
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 26.8%
More on Kirkwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Kirkwood is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis located in St. Louis County, Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 27,540. Founded in 1853, the city is named after James P. Kirkwood, builder of the Pacific Railroad through that town. It was the first planned suburb located west of the Mississippi River.

Jackson, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,690
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 31.9%
More on Jackson: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jackson is a city in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,758 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cape Girardeau County. It is a principal city of the Cape Girardeau-Jackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Maryville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,855
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Omaha
Households with kids: 20.0%
More on Maryville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Maryville is a city and county seat of Nodaway County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,972. Maryville is home to Northwest Missouri State University, Northwest Technical School, and the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing.

Harrisonville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,025
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 70
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 31.0%
More on Harrisonville: Homes For Sale | Data

Harrisonville is a city in Cass County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,019 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cass County.

Union, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,041
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 32.1%
More on Union: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Union is a city in and the county seat of Franklin County, Missouri, United States. It is located on the Bourbeuse River 50 miles southwest of St. Louis. The population was 10,204 at the 2010 census, with the city showing the highest growth rate in Franklin County the last decade.

Neosho, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,983
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Tulsa
Households with kids: 37.3%
More on Neosho: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Neosho residents. Neosho lies on the western edge of the Ozarks.

Warrensburg, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,890
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Kansas City
Households with kids: 25.5%
More on Warrensburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Warrensburg is a city in Johnson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 18,838 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Johnson County. The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. It is home to the University of Central Missouri.

Mexico, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,528
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Mexico: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Mexico, formerly known as New Mexico, is a city in Audrain County, Missouri. The population was 11,543 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat, home to the Missouri Military Academy, and annually hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant. The micropolitan statistical area consists of Audrain County.

How do you determine which place is best for families in Missouri anyways?

To give you the places in Missouri which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Show Me State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Missouri, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Missouri, that meant a total of 70 cities.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Missouri

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Missouri ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Missouri according to the data:

  1. Branson
  2. Bridgeton
  3. St. Louis

For more Missouri reading, check out:

What Are The Best Places For Families In Missouri?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Webster Groves, MO 23,069 45
2 Marshall, MO 12,865 53
3 Kirkwood, MO 27,659 52
4 Jackson, MO 14,690 57
5 Maryville, MO 11,855 56
6 Harrisonville, MO 10,025 55
7 Union, MO 11,041 39
8 Neosho, MO 11,983 39
9 Warrensburg, MO 19,890 45
10 Mexico, MO 11,528 63
11 Carthage, MO 14,280 43
12 Ballwin, MO 30,388 42
13 Florissant, MO 51,952 36
14 Washington, MO 13,963 50
15 Town And Country, MO 11,030 59
16 Manchester, MO 18,130 41
17 Eureka, MO 10,554 41
18 St. Peters, MO 56,375 50
19 Liberty, MO 30,602 52
20 O’fallon, MO 85,246 52
21 Raymore, MO 20,358 51
22 Moberly, MO 13,775 49
23 Chesterfield, MO 47,660 35
24 Crestwood, MO 11,921 55
25 Grain Valley, MO 13,480 33
26 Wentzville, MO 35,768 60
27 Lee’s Summit, MO 95,270 41
28 Kirksville, MO 17,519 67
29 Independence, MO 117,369 87
30 Ozark, MO 19,091 39
31 West Plains, MO 12,218 41
32 Nixa, MO 20,757 35
33 Blue Springs, MO 54,036 58
34 Creve Coeur, MO 18,259 33
35 Sikeston, MO 16,482 36
36 Bolivar, MO 10,654 61
37 Lake St. Louis, MO 15,371 31
38 Sedalia, MO 21,477 46
39 Festus, MO 11,910 32
40 Hannibal, MO 17,551 51
41 Rolla, MO 20,013 62
42 Fulton, MO 12,807 34
43 Lebanon, MO 14,610 52
44 Clayton, MO 16,214 58
45 Ferguson, MO 20,927 61
46 Farmington, MO 18,047 62
47 Excelsior Springs, MO 11,555 44
48 Arnold, MO 21,102 51
49 Belton, MO 23,299 35
50 Poplar Bluff, MO 17,112 64
51 Troy, MO 11,505 35
52 Maryland Heights, MO 27,246 39
53 Columbia, MO 118,620 58
54 Republic, MO 15,890 36
55 St. Charles, MO 69,026 49
56 Grandview, MO 25,226 39
57 Overland, MO 15,901 52
58 St. Ann, MO 12,864 56
59 Cape Girardeau, MO 39,092 52
60 Joplin, MO 51,540 44
61 Gladstone, MO 26,738 42
62 Kennett, MO 10,271 61
63 Hazelwood, MO 25,505 41
64 Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO 10,751 50
65 Springfield, MO 165,785 92
66 Raytown, MO 29,334 39
67 St. Joseph, MO 76,819 43
68 St. Louis, MO 314,867 51
69 Bridgeton, MO 11,712 52
70 Branson, MO 11,228 32

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