Best Small Towns In Missouri For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Missouri.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Missouri for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Missouri? Frontenac is the best small town in Missouri based on the most recent Census data. 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:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Missouri For 2020

Frontenac, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 3,525
Median Income: $149,643 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $700,700 (1st Best)
More on Frontenac: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,915
Median Income: $131,731 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $423,200 (3rd Best)
More on Warson Woods: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,130
Median Income: $106,875 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $345,100 (7th Best)
More on Fremont Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 4,637
Median Income: $80,042 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $180,500 (21st Best)
More on Rock Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,967
Median Income: $118,026 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $333,900 (8th Best)
More on Weatherby Lake: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,558
Median Income: $95,962 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $309,700 (10th Best)
More on Oakland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,389
Median Income: $65,833 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $148,300 (39th Best)
More on Bel-Nor: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,038
Median Income: $124,375 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $373,700 (5th Best)
More on Grantwood Village: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,640
Median Income: $170,952 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $629,200 (2nd Best)
More on Clarkson Valley: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,034
Median Income: $92,544 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,900 (14th Best)
More on Fenton: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,731
Median Income: $89,141 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,800 (18th Best)
More on Wardsville: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,114
Median Income: $108,894 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $389,100 (4th Best)
More on Lake Winnebago: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,482
Median Income: $62,614 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $139,600 (46th Best)
More on Winchester: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,628
Median Income: $60,563 (34th Best)
Median Home Value: $157,900 (30th Best)
More on Green Park: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,310
Median Income: $81,979 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $168,800 (25th Best)
More on Taos: Data | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Missouri.

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 15 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. Winona
  2. Humansville
  3. Richland

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, MO 3,525 $149,643.0 $700,700.0
2 Warson Woods, MO 1,915 $131,731.0 $423,200.0
3 Fremont Hills, MO 1,130 $106,875.0 $345,100.0
4 Rock Hill, MO 4,637 $80,042.0 $180,500.0
5 Weatherby Lake, MO 1,967 $118,026.0 $333,900.0
6 Oakland, MO 1,558 $95,962.0 $309,700.0
7 Bel-Nor, MO 1,389 $65,833.0 $148,300.0
8 Grantwood Village, MO 1,038 $124,375.0 $373,700.0
9 Clarkson Valley, MO 2,640 $170,952.0 $629,200.0
10 Fenton, MO 4,034 $92,544.0 $261,900.0
11 Wardsville, MO 1,731 $89,141.0 $219,800.0
12 Lake Winnebago, MO 1,114 $108,894.0 $389,100.0
13 Winchester, MO 1,482 $62,614.0 $139,600.0
14 Green Park, MO 2,628 $60,563.0 $157,900.0
15 Taos, MO 1,310 $81,979.0 $168,800.0
16 Country Club, MO 2,810 $77,824.0 $155,100.0
17 Lakeshire, MO 1,658 $50,461.0 $215,400.0
18 Platte City, MO 4,905 $61,000.0 $168,700.0
19 Hermann, MO 2,422 $48,194.0 $119,600.0
20 Hallsville, MO 1,579 $49,792.0 $141,000.0
21 St. Paul, MO 2,431 $103,068.0 $301,200.0
22 Pleasant Valley, MO 3,033 $57,019.0 $139,700.0
23 Lake Lotawana, MO 2,092 $98,438.0 $356,200.0
24 High Ridge, MO 4,151 $64,943.0 $128,800.0
25 Cottleville, MO 4,882 $106,321.0 $286,000.0
26 St. Martins, MO 1,172 $67,917.0 $171,900.0
27 Village Of Four Seasons, MO 2,122 $68,333.0 $220,700.0
28 Marthasville, MO 1,328 $62,875.0 $139,800.0
29 Marlborough, MO 2,457 $42,484.0 $151,800.0
30 Labarque Creek, MO 1,668 $110,583.0 $312,300.0
31 Oronogo, MO 2,580 $73,261.0 $128,900.0
32 Lawson, MO 2,363 $67,661.0 $121,800.0
33 Knob Noster, MO 2,770 $44,522.0 $116,800.0
34 Lone Jack, MO 1,280 $90,000.0 $174,400.0
35 Ashland, MO 3,905 $65,357.0 $178,400.0
36 Rock Port, MO 1,452 $48,292.0 $95,600.0
37 Gower, MO 1,554 $50,458.0 $115,100.0
38 Weston, MO 1,675 $62,813.0 $167,800.0
39 Holts Summit, MO 3,720 $51,295.0 $141,800.0
40 Duquesne, MO 1,839 $43,250.0 $138,200.0
41 Fair Grove, MO 1,624 $54,063.0 $129,200.0
42 Centralia, MO 4,207 $51,635.0 $101,400.0
43 North Kansas City, MO 4,414 $40,479.0 $130,500.0
44 Fayette, MO 2,694 $43,879.0 $88,500.0
45 Rogersville, MO 3,644 $50,257.0 $122,700.0
46 Concordia, MO 2,697 $52,083.0 $100,900.0
47 Palmyra, MO 3,607 $42,962.0 $116,400.0
48 Glasgow, MO 1,163 $48,654.0 $95,700.0
49 Clever, MO 2,592 $49,485.0 $107,700.0
50 Ste. Genevieve, MO 4,444 $45,039.0 $116,600.0
51 Shell Knob, MO 1,246 $46,618.0 $148,500.0
52 Canton, MO 2,616 $39,400.0 $82,800.0
53 Gray Summit, MO 2,594 $57,857.0 $134,800.0
54 Maysville, MO 1,151 $46,458.0 $90,800.0
55 Byrnes Mill, MO 2,944 $68,224.0 $218,600.0
56 Auxvasse, MO 1,183 $43,750.0 $97,100.0
57 Imperial, MO 4,279 $64,898.0 $161,800.0
58 Archie, MO 1,327 $48,625.0 $113,400.0
59 Kimberling City, MO 2,714 $56,458.0 $153,500.0
60 Herculaneum, MO 3,935 $63,824.0 $157,300.0
61 New Haven, MO 1,952 $50,333.0 $114,300.0
62 Lake Ozark, MO 1,759 $59,868.0 $262,700.0
63 California, MO 4,375 $46,420.0 $103,400.0
64 Higginsville, MO 4,628 $47,851.0 $99,100.0
65 Osage Beach, MO 4,909 $42,553.0 $256,200.0
66 Owensville, MO 2,580 $37,361.0 $84,800.0
67 Cedar Hill, MO 1,751 $74,176.0 $154,900.0
68 Salisbury, MO 1,907 $41,719.0 $84,300.0
69 Stanberry, MO 1,222 $43,250.0 $88,100.0
70 Riverside, MO 3,255 $34,637.0 $225,000.0
71 Crystal City, MO 4,752 $51,898.0 $130,300.0
72 St. James, MO 4,112 $44,417.0 $89,800.0
73 Lathrop, MO 2,259 $60,119.0 $109,400.0
74 Strafford, MO 2,035 $44,470.0 $124,900.0
75 Purdy, MO 1,338 $42,695.0 $73,700.0
76 Terre Du Lac, MO 2,663 $59,712.0 $148,600.0
77 Lexington, MO 4,558 $49,273.0 $85,600.0
78 Chaffee, MO 2,920 $40,814.0 $87,000.0
79 Cole Camp, MO 1,168 $47,321.0 $86,400.0
80 La Plata, MO 1,362 $42,716.0 $80,900.0
81 Tarkio, MO 1,509 $42,917.0 $71,000.0
82 Seneca, MO 2,570 $35,635.0 $85,000.0
83 Gerald, MO 1,300 $49,643.0 $110,000.0
84 Claycomo, MO 1,419 $46,053.0 $106,100.0
85 Winfield, MO 1,321 $50,909.0 $127,200.0
86 Mound City, MO 1,114 $50,568.0 $91,500.0
87 Fredericktown, MO 3,990 $29,012.0 $84,900.0
88 Tipton, MO 3,369 $43,935.0 $99,700.0
89 Kahoka, MO 2,100 $46,082.0 $76,600.0
90 Mount Vernon, MO 4,493 $36,857.0 $99,800.0
91 Buckner, MO 3,058 $52,813.0 $96,900.0
92 Ash Grove, MO 1,634 $39,875.0 $103,900.0
93 New Franklin, MO 1,105 $33,529.0 $90,200.0
94 Hamilton, MO 1,771 $41,250.0 $83,400.0
95 Monroe City, MO 2,487 $35,000.0 $87,400.0
96 Linn, MO 1,654 $45,324.0 $104,600.0
97 St. Clair, MO 4,693 $41,734.0 $106,800.0
98 Vinita Park, MO 1,931 $36,302.0 $72,500.0
99 Villa Ridge, MO 2,497 $53,310.0 $152,000.0
100 Eldon, MO 4,591 $29,423.0 $85,200.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.