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:
- Andrew County (Photos)
- Osage County
- Atchison County
- Holt County
- Caldwell County
- Chariton County
- Ste. Genevieve County (Photos)
- Clark County
- St. Charles County (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
2. Osage County
4. Holt County
Biggest Place: Ste. Genevieve
Median Income: $49,356 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $136,500 (64th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (12th best)
More on Ste. Genevieve County: Photos | Data
8. Clark County
10. Platte County
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:
- Mississippi County
- Pemiscot County
- New Madrid County
For more Missouri reading, check out:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Missouri
- 10 Safest Places In Missouri
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Missouri