These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Missouri For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Missouri have the most for people looking to make the move to Missouri.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Missouri a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Missouri.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Show Me State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Missouri, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 104 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Show Me State for 2018:

  1. Andrew County (Photos)
  2. Osage County
  3. Atchison County
  4. Holt County
  5. Caldwell County
  6. Chariton County
  7. Ste. Genevieve County (Photos)
  8. Clark County
  9. St. Charles County (Photos)
  10. Platte County (Photos)

Andrew County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Missouri. And you might want to avoid Mississippi County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Missouri, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Missouri and the best places to raise a family in Missouri.

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How do you determine which Missouri county is the best?

To give you the best county in Missouri, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Missouri across each of the criteria from one to 104, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Missouri’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Show Me State.

Read on to see why Andrew County is the best county, while Mississippi County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Missouri.

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1. Andrew County

Savannah, MO

Biggest Place: Savannah
Population: 17,347
Median Income: $54,804 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $131,800 (66th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Andrew County: PhotosData

2. Osage County

Biggest Place: Belle
Population: 13,704
Median Income: $54,119 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $138,500 (62nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (1st best)
More on Osage County: Data

3. Atchison County

Blanchard, MO

Biggest Place: Tarkio
Population: 5,380
Median Income: $43,438 (39th best)
Median Home Price: $81,700 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (5th best)
More on Atchison County: Data

4. Holt County

Big Lake, MO

Biggest Place: Mound City
Population: 4,537
Median Income: $41,017 (57th best)
Median Home Price: $90,200 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (15th best)
More on Holt County: Data

5. Caldwell County

Biggest Place: Hamilton
Population: 9,057
Median Income: $44,722 (34th best)
Median Home Price: $99,100 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Caldwell County: Data

6. Chariton County

Biggest Place: Marceline
Population: 7,615
Median Income: $41,773 (48th best)
Median Home Price: $80,200 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (3rd best)
More on Chariton County: Data

7. Ste. Genevieve County

Ste. Genevieve, MO

Biggest Place: Ste. Genevieve
Population: 17,937
Median Income: $49,356 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $136,500 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Ste. Genevieve County: PhotosData

8. Clark County

Alexandria, MO

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Kahoka
Population: 6,860
Median Income: $45,169 (31st best)
Median Home Price: $85,900 (23rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Clark County: Data

9. St. Charles County

Cottleville, MO

Biggest Place: O’Fallon
Population: 379,856
Median Income: $75,603 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $192,900 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (7th best)
More on St. Charles County: PhotosData

10. Platte County

Kansas City, MO

Biggest Place: Kansas City
Population: 94,970
Median Income: $70,879 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $196,000 (46th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (19th best)
More on Platte County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Missouri To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Missouri can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Missouri according to the data:

  1. Mississippi County
  2. Pemiscot County
  3. New Madrid County

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Missouri

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Andrew County 1 17,347 $54,804 $131,800
Osage County 2 13,704 $54,119 $138,500
Atchison County 3 5,380 $43,438 $81,700
Holt County 4 4,537 $41,017 $90,200
Caldwell County 5 9,057 $44,722 $99,100
Chariton County 6 7,615 $41,773 $80,200
Ste. Genevieve County 7 17,937 $49,356 $136,500
Clark County 8 6,860 $45,169 $85,900
St. Charles County 9 379,856 $75,603 $192,900
Platte County 10 94,970 $70,879 $196,000
Perry County 11 19,152 $53,014 $126,200
Clinton County 12 20,494 $57,486 $138,400
Lewis County 13 10,146 $45,708 $81,900
Cooper County 14 17,613 $44,917 $122,900
Cass County 15 101,324 $63,613 $161,000
Gasconade County 16 14,875 $45,505 $126,600
Dekalb County 17 12,706 $43,538 $104,600
Boone County 18 172,773 $50,813 $171,400
Lafayette County 19 32,789 $50,830 $118,000
Clay County 20 233,135 $63,702 $156,600
Shelby County 21 6,148 $41,351 $73,100
Sullivan County 22 6,416 $42,639 $78,500
Jefferson County 23 222,453 $58,232 $152,300
Howard County 24 10,148 $45,762 $107,600
Johnson County 25 54,229 $48,977 $142,800
Saline County 26 23,214 $40,645 $92,800
Ralls County 27 10,225 $48,919 $120,200
Scott County 28 38,994 $40,276 $99,500
Randolph County 29 25,081 $40,638 $89,300
St. Louis County 30 1,000,560 $61,103 $176,000
Pike County 31 18,475 $42,779 $97,100
Callaway County 32 44,693 $50,362 $124,900
Linn County 33 12,319 $39,286 $75,700
Lincoln County 34 54,286 $55,249 $146,200
Harrison County 35 8,649 $41,173 $73,900
Moniteau County 36 15,840 $48,974 $116,400
Cape Girardeau County 37 78,089 $48,458 $147,400
Grundy County 38 10,231 $40,187 $83,300
Franklin County 39 102,063 $50,895 $152,700
Nodaway County 40 23,026 $39,908 $121,600
Audrain County 41 25,868 $41,930 $93,400
Bollinger County 42 12,282 $39,493 $94,400
Greene County 43 285,449 $41,908 $133,700
Scotland County 44 4,893 $41,336 $77,200
Christian County 45 82,053 $54,392 $148,000
Livingston County 46 15,057 $44,266 $106,800
Barton County 47 12,075 $38,877 $94,900
Ray County 48 22,921 $53,459 $125,700
Knox County 49 3,997 $38,816 $72,200
Warren County 50 33,290 $51,509 $158,900
Madison County 51 12,403 $36,359 $95,800
Carroll County 52 9,009 $41,537 $79,900
Macon County 53 15,399 $37,099 $87,300
Henry County 54 21,930 $42,707 $88,600
Stoddard County 55 29,788 $38,096 $89,700
Dade County 56 7,590 $37,904 $80,300
Jackson County 57 683,643 $48,104 $127,400
Bates County 58 16,513 $41,520 $107,500
Marion County 59 28,858 $43,828 $107,700
Phelps County 60 44,833 $41,603 $117,700
Montgomery County 61 11,820 $41,096 $104,400
Adair County 62 25,547 $37,967 $112,100
Newton County 63 58,741 $44,474 $112,500
Vernon County 64 20,836 $40,655 $93,200
Pulaski County 65 53,302 $49,216 $141,900
Webster County 66 37,075 $44,814 $119,500
Buchanan County 67 89,415 $46,680 $112,400
Oregon County 68 10,922 $30,442 $77,800
Stone County 69 31,197 $41,944 $155,500
Miller County 70 25,011 $40,057 $119,100
Camden County 71 44,152 $46,747 $171,700
Lawrence County 72 38,204 $40,505 $99,000
Maries County 73 8,987 $40,542 $116,600
Douglas County 74 13,467 $31,333 $99,900
Iron County 75 10,220 $36,354 $81,800
Carter County 76 6,249 $37,162 $95,600
Taney County 77 53,853 $38,040 $120,100
Shannon County 78 8,256 $32,284 $90,400
Wayne County 79 13,341 $33,954 $69,600
Mcdonald County 80 22,720 $38,846 $90,200
Jasper County 81 117,376 $42,648 $108,900
Polk County 82 31,113 $42,483 $117,700
St. Clair County 83 9,444 $33,750 $78,100
Benton County 84 18,825 $33,428 $110,000
Pettis County 85 42,193 $40,467 $104,800
Butler County 86 42,887 $36,302 $97,200
St. Francois County 87 66,230 $41,461 $106,100
Howell County 88 40,265 $33,964 $103,500
Laclede County 89 35,505 $40,436 $105,500
Wright County 90 18,378 $30,581 $89,800
Washington County 91 25,002 $36,701 $80,400
Cedar County 92 13,932 $33,720 $87,800
Dent County 93 15,578 $38,020 $100,300
Texas County 94 25,690 $35,730 $103,000
Ripley County 95 13,936 $34,145 $82,300
Crawford County 96 24,545 $36,983 $116,500
Dunklin County 97 31,271 $31,220 $68,500
Barry County 98 35,716 $37,869 $112,900
St. Louis City 99 316,030 $36,809 $120,900
Dallas County 100 16,508 $37,695 $101,300

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