These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Missouri For 2018


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 2018:

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

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:

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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.

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1. Frontenac


Population: 3,527
Median Income: $149,821 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $692,100 (1st Best)
More on Frontenac: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Oakland


Population: 1,649
Median Income: $111,667 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $288,800 (11th Best)
More on Oakland: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Warson Woods


Population: 1,870
Median Income: $118,889 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $382,100 (4th Best)
More on Warson Woods: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Fremont Hills


Population: 1,006
Median Income: $102,292 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $325,000 (7th Best)
More on Fremont Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Weatherby Lake


Population: 1,900
Median Income: $97,750 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $314,600 (8th Best)
More on Weatherby Lake: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Rock Hill


Population: 4,628
Median Income: $64,306 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $176,700 (21st Best)
More on Rock Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Clarkson Valley


Population: 2,638
Median Income: $164,286 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $592,500 (2nd Best)
More on Clarkson Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Grantwood Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,013
Median Income: $121,250 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $346,500 (5th Best)
More on Grantwood Village: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Winchester


Population: 1,505
Median Income: $60,052 (26th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,500 (38th Best)
More on Winchester: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Taos


Population: 1,334
Median Income: $78,427 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $176,700 (21st Best)
More on Taos: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Bel-Nor


Population: 1,393
Median Income: $63,125 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $123,200 (51st Best)
More on Bel-Nor: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Pleasant Valley


Population: 3,043
Median Income: $53,782 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $127,800 (47th Best)
More on Pleasant Valley: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Fenton


Population: 4,036
Median Income: $88,309 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $228,800 (14th Best)
More on Fenton: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Wardsville


Population: 1,719
Median Income: $79,583 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $219,900 (16th Best)
More on Wardsville: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Lake Winnebago


Population: 1,211
Median Income: $100,625 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $398,300 (3rd Best)
More on Lake Winnebago: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Cottleville

Cottleville, MO

Population: 4,205
Median Income: $92,188 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,900 (12th Best)
More on Cottleville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

17. Green Park


Population: 2,625
Median Income: $51,094 (42nd Best)
Median Home Value: $149,800 (32nd Best)
More on Green Park: Data| Homes For Sale

18. St. Martins


Population: 1,127
Median Income: $66,771 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $161,500 (25th Best)
More on St. Martins: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Country Club


Population: 2,847
Median Income: $72,679 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,900 (24th Best)
More on Country Club: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Marthasville


Population: 1,423
Median Income: $58,977 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,700 (42nd Best)
More on Marthasville: 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. Gideon
  2. Humansville
  3. Seligman

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Missouri

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Frontenac 3,527 $149,821 $692,100
2 Oakland 1,649 $111,667 $288,800
3 Warson Woods 1,870 $118,889 $382,100
4 Fremont Hills 1,006 $102,292 $325,000
5 Weatherby Lake 1,900 $97,750 $314,600
6 Rock Hill 4,628 $64,306 $176,700
7 Clarkson Valley 2,638 $164,286 $592,500
8 Grantwood Village 1,013 $121,250 $346,500
9 Winchester 1,505 $60,052 $140,500
10 Taos 1,334 $78,427 $176,700
11 Bel-Nor 1,393 $63,125 $123,200
12 Pleasant Valley 3,043 $53,782 $127,800
13 Fenton 4,036 $88,309 $228,800
14 Wardsville 1,719 $79,583 $219,900
15 Lake Winnebago 1,211 $100,625 $398,300
16 Cottleville 4,205 $92,188 $261,900
17 Green Park 2,625 $51,094 $149,800
18 St. Martins 1,127 $66,771 $161,500
19 Country Club 2,847 $72,679 $163,900
20 Marthasville 1,423 $58,977 $136,700
21 Hallsville 1,421 $46,736 $133,400
22 St. Paul 2,053 $103,269 $293,800
23 Lake Lotawana 2,274 $90,221 $346,000
24 Clever 2,486 $49,715 $98,000
25 Holts Summit 3,525 $46,809 $128,000
26 Labarque Creek 1,927 $121,442 $300,800
27 Marlborough 1,991 $37,403 $119,100
28 Gower 1,566 $56,548 $118,800
29 Lakeshire 1,641 $46,161 $208,600
30 Ashland 3,851 $56,696 $161,400
31 Concordia 2,399 $51,472 $98,700
32 Village Of Four Seasons 2,272 $66,974 $238,600
33 Hermann 2,491 $38,938 $117,300
34 Charlack 1,362 $49,904 $82,900
35 Fayette 2,705 $37,083 $89,200
36 Weston 1,514 $58,947 $151,700
37 Gray Summit 2,977 $55,000 $135,600
38 Oronogo 2,605 $66,016 $121,500
39 Lone Jack 1,138 $71,250 $160,200
40 California 4,368 $40,391 $100,000
41 Rogersville 3,597 $43,382 $115,000
42 Palmyra 3,620 $41,341 $105,800
43 Centralia 4,167 $50,136 $87,000
44 Platte City 4,827 $46,591 $141,100
45 Fairdealing 1,007 $57,582 $94,100
46 Whiteman Afb 4,077 $46,714 $86,400
47 Duquesne 1,809 $39,811 $131,800
48 Canton 2,585 $37,604 $75,000
49 Terre Du Lac 2,370 $53,409 $141,700
50 Higginsville 4,685 $47,951 $95,600
51 High Ridge 3,804 $56,563 $110,800
52 Shell Knob 1,342 $40,192 $172,800
53 Linn 1,485 $36,563 $103,000
54 North Kansas City 4,321 $39,608 $142,900
55 Rock Port 1,347 $40,341 $84,800
56 Knob Noster 2,769 $42,878 $100,500
57 Ste. Genevieve 4,447 $36,917 $98,000
58 Auxvasse 1,140 $36,500 $87,400
59 Tipton 3,318 $47,188 $89,000
60 New Haven 2,186 $49,044 $113,800
61 Lawson 2,156 $54,000 $115,700
62 Peculiar 4,856 $51,944 $140,800
63 Fair Grove 1,689 $44,792 $122,500
64 Cassville 3,328 $33,134 $96,200
65 Herculaneum 3,831 $63,425 $154,300
66 Mound City 1,168 $42,396 $96,100
67 Imperial 4,684 $61,149 $159,300
68 Oran 1,458 $38,125 $90,000
69 Glasgow 1,089 $46,000 $80,800
70 Stanberry 1,359 $40,956 $82,800
71 Kimberling City 2,604 $45,729 $153,500
72 Kahoka 2,061 $40,924 $77,200
73 Hillsboro 3,026 $52,115 $145,000
74 Strafford 2,149 $45,469 $118,500
75 Seneca 2,387 $36,299 $84,400
76 Mount Vernon 4,525 $32,335 $92,500
77 Osage Beach 4,471 $37,473 $213,900
78 Cool Valley 1,210 $48,611 $75,500
79 Lathrop 2,249 $53,711 $105,400
80 Byrnes Mill 2,847 $62,656 $198,700
81 Sparta 1,940 $39,310 $94,400
82 Chaffee 2,945 $37,447 $91,300
83 Maysville 1,094 $31,917 $92,800
84 Purdy 1,275 $41,400 $72,600
85 Bethany 2,983 $36,447 $78,300
86 Lexington 4,620 $39,182 $95,100
87 Crystal City 4,841 $44,889 $125,600
88 Lake Ozark 1,696 $48,250 $225,400
89 Albany 2,176 $38,508 $70,800
90 St. Clair 4,705 $38,662 $109,700
91 Salisbury 1,795 $32,768 $77,000
92 Winfield 1,715 $49,792 $123,500
93 Ash Grove 1,626 $38,142 $87,700
94 Cedar Hill 1,823 $59,531 $137,300
95 Archie 1,396 $46,250 $96,700
96 Marceline 2,083 $36,020 $57,300
97 Lamar 4,420 $33,776 $95,300
98 St. James 4,156 $36,667 $92,900
99 Miner 1,018 $39,688 $87,000
100 Gallatin 1,906 $37,181 $77,100

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