These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Missouri For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Missouri are the best of the best.

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Missouri, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Show Me State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Missouri based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Missouri ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Missouri for 2019:

  1. Frontenac (Photos | Homes)
  2. Oakland (Homes)
  3. Warson Woods (Homes)
  4. Fremont Hills (Homes)
  5. Rock Hill (Homes)
  6. Weatherby Lake (Homes)
  7. Grantwood Village (Homes)
  8. Clarkson Valley (Homes)
  9. Winchester (Homes)
  10. Pleasant Valley (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Frontenac, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Show Me State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Missouri

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 230 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 230, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Missouri. Top of that list — Frontenac.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Missouri.

Frontenac, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,543
Median Income: $142,679 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $713,500 (1st Best)
More on Frontenac: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,708
Median Income: $117,656 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (10th Best)
More on Oakland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,902
Median Income: $124,028 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $401,400 (3rd Best)
More on Warson Woods: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,072
Median Income: $106,944 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $332,300 (7th Best)
More on Fremont Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,622
Median Income: $66,311 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $176,000 (21st Best)
More on Rock Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,925
Median Income: $102,292 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $325,200 (8th Best)
More on Weatherby Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,082
Median Income: $122,813 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $359,000 (5th Best)
More on Grantwood Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,630
Median Income: $166,200 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $614,400 (2nd Best)
More on Clarkson Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,366
Median Income: $58,950 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $142,600 (39th Best)
More on Winchester: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,026
Median Income: $57,549 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $135,800 (43rd Best)
More on Pleasant Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,212
Median Income: $71,389 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,700 (30th Best)
More on Taos: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,005
Median Income: $73,125 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $174,700 (23rd Best)
More on Pasadena Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,042
Median Income: $87,634 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $241,300 (14th Best)
More on Fenton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,155
Median Income: $104,760 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $390,700 (4th Best)
More on Lake Winnebago: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,630
Median Income: $55,774 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $156,800 (29th Best)
More on Green Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,701
Median Income: $89,375 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $222,500 (17th Best)
More on Wardsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,615
Median Income: $48,580 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $210,800 (18th Best)
More on Lakeshire: Data | Homes For Sale

Cottleville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,551
Median Income: $98,611 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $277,300 (12th Best)
More on Cottleville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,920
Median Income: $78,205 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $154,100 (32nd Best)
More on Country Club: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,124
Median Income: $71,974 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $170,700 (24th Best)
More on St. Martins: Data | Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Missouri are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Missouri:

  1. Humansville
  2. Winona
  3. Seligman

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Missouri

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Frontenac 3,543 $142,679.0 $713,500.0
2 Oakland 1,708 $117,656.0 $312,000.0
3 Warson Woods 1,902 $124,028.0 $401,400.0
4 Fremont Hills 1,072 $106,944.0 $332,300.0
5 Rock Hill 4,622 $66,311.0 $176,000.0
6 Weatherby Lake 1,925 $102,292.0 $325,200.0
7 Grantwood Village 1,082 $122,813.0 $359,000.0
8 Clarkson Valley 2,630 $166,200.0 $614,400.0
9 Winchester 1,366 $58,950.0 $142,600.0
10 Pleasant Valley 3,026 $57,549.0 $135,800.0
11 Taos 1,212 $71,389.0 $156,700.0
12 Pasadena Hills 1,005 $73,125.0 $174,700.0
13 Fenton 4,042 $87,634.0 $241,300.0
14 Lake Winnebago 1,155 $104,760.0 $390,700.0
15 Green Park 2,630 $55,774.0 $156,800.0
16 Wardsville 1,701 $89,375.0 $222,500.0
17 Lakeshire 1,615 $48,580.0 $210,800.0
18 Cottleville 4,551 $98,611.0 $277,300.0
19 Country Club 2,920 $78,205.0 $154,100.0
20 St. Martins 1,124 $71,974.0 $170,700.0
21 St. Paul 2,279 $101,250.0 $294,200.0
22 Marthasville 1,338 $61,369.0 $135,300.0
23 Holts Summit 3,623 $47,125.0 $127,600.0
24 Labarque Creek 1,917 $104,750.0 $313,200.0
25 Hermann 2,444 $46,563.0 $113,200.0
26 Lake Lotawana 2,173 $93,194.0 $356,100.0
27 Marlborough 2,166 $38,881.0 $145,800.0
28 Hallsville 1,554 $44,821.0 $132,800.0
29 Platte City 4,867 $55,985.0 $162,500.0
30 Knob Noster 2,769 $43,772.0 $105,700.0
31 Gower 1,605 $52,045.0 $122,600.0
32 Ashland 3,893 $56,222.0 $175,000.0
33 Village Of Four Seasons 2,245 $68,661.0 $225,800.0
34 Terre Du Lac 2,487 $60,225.0 $142,600.0
35 North Kansas City 4,371 $42,329.0 $128,000.0
36 Clever 2,534 $50,327.0 $105,600.0
37 Gray Summit 2,900 $56,982.0 $137,100.0
38 High Ridge 3,917 $59,512.0 $115,700.0
39 Concordia 2,486 $51,786.0 $98,900.0
40 Lone Jack 1,153 $80,556.0 $166,000.0
41 Duquesne 1,877 $41,815.0 $130,300.0
42 Lawson 2,353 $61,544.0 $123,400.0
43 Oronogo 2,462 $66,354.0 $121,900.0
44 Rock Port 1,426 $43,688.0 $84,700.0
45 Fayette 2,716 $43,006.0 $81,300.0
46 Canton 2,515 $40,054.0 $78,300.0
47 Peculiar 4,905 $51,973.0 $143,000.0
48 Rogersville 3,665 $47,818.0 $120,100.0
49 Weston 1,620 $56,667.0 $156,100.0
50 Bloomfield 1,955 $40,357.0 $78,400.0
51 Winfield 1,480 $52,344.0 $126,600.0
52 Kimberling City 2,754 $54,500.0 $150,200.0
53 Palmyra 3,594 $43,918.0 $112,300.0
54 Imperial 4,580 $62,500.0 $163,500.0
55 Fair Grove 1,623 $45,741.0 $124,300.0
56 California 4,368 $37,500.0 $101,000.0
57 Glasgow 1,182 $47,330.0 $94,000.0
58 Herculaneum 3,866 $58,958.0 $151,400.0
59 Mound City 1,145 $51,667.0 $95,000.0
60 Centralia 4,192 $43,190.0 $87,300.0
61 Maysville 1,178 $33,472.0 $96,300.0
62 Osage Beach 4,857 $41,308.0 $222,800.0
63 Higginsville 4,640 $52,507.0 $97,200.0
64 Tipton 3,339 $49,053.0 $95,100.0
65 Shell Knob 1,075 $39,038.0 $163,100.0
66 Auxvasse 1,218 $38,417.0 $96,900.0
67 New Haven 2,086 $48,510.0 $113,400.0
68 Lathrop 2,223 $61,375.0 $109,600.0
69 Cool Valley 1,150 $51,688.0 $75,000.0
70 Archie 1,337 $50,156.0 $98,400.0
71 Byrnes Mill 2,900 $67,353.0 $200,900.0
72 Purdy 1,316 $42,500.0 $80,000.0
73 Marceline 2,107 $39,597.0 $60,800.0
74 Ste. Genevieve 4,443 $38,750.0 $103,100.0
75 Stanberry 1,261 $40,521.0 $84,900.0
76 Seneca 2,521 $35,519.0 $82,600.0
77 Lake Ozark 1,915 $52,596.0 $252,300.0
78 Salisbury 1,894 $36,602.0 $80,300.0
79 Charlack 1,526 $45,962.0 $85,700.0
80 Cedar Hill 1,889 $65,750.0 $132,600.0
81 Chaffee 2,925 $41,235.0 $93,600.0
82 Linn 1,562 $38,938.0 $106,500.0
83 Monroe City 2,475 $35,625.0 $83,600.0
84 Strafford 2,152 $45,906.0 $122,100.0
85 Paris 1,293 $36,895.0 $73,700.0
86 Lexington 4,580 $43,279.0 $108,700.0
87 Hillsboro 3,034 $54,821.0 $142,700.0
88 Tarkio 1,539 $39,427.0 $71,000.0
89 Crystal City 4,770 $50,707.0 $124,500.0
90 Mount Vernon 4,499 $31,990.0 $95,400.0
91 Oran 1,404 $37,596.0 $98,900.0
92 Gerald 1,443 $43,068.0 $106,100.0
93 St. Clair 4,691 $41,629.0 $107,200.0
94 Albany 2,157 $37,500.0 $70,300.0
95 St. James 4,130 $38,271.0 $93,300.0
96 Kahoka 2,061 $43,487.0 $76,700.0
97 Crocker 1,100 $38,813.0 $104,100.0
98 Fairdealing 1,126 $55,250.0 $106,000.0
99 Gallatin 1,713 $36,862.0 $72,100.0
100 Owensville 2,586 $36,774.0 $82,300.0

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