These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Missouri For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Missouri for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Missouri? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Jefferson City, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Missouri suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Show Me State:

  1. Glendale
  2. Ladue (Photos)
  3. Town and Country (Photos)
  4. Webster Groves (Photos)
  5. Des Peres
  6. Creve Coeur (Photos)
  7. Clayton (Photos)
  8. Kirkwood (Photos)
  9. Ballwin (Photos)
  10. Brentwood (Photos)

Glendale is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Missouri.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in 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 suburb is the best in Missouri anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Missouri, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best city’ and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Show Me State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Missouri, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Missouri across a number of criteria from one to 44, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title ‘Best Suburb To Live In Missouri’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Missouri

Read on to see why Glendale is the ‘burb with the most, while Berkeley is probably not the best place to live in Missouri.

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1. Glendale


Population: 5,917
Median Income: $128,571
Median Home Price: $345,400
Glendale is located 7 miles west of St. Louis.

2. Ladue

Ladue, Mo

Population: 8,579
Median Income: $186,371
Median Home Price: $771,500
Ladue is located 7 miles west of St. Louis.

3. Town And Country

Town And Country, Mo

Population: 11,001
Median Income: $156,899
Median Home Price: $659,700
Town And Country is located 12 miles west of St. Louis.

4. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Mo

Population: 23,111
Median Income: $85,856
Median Home Price: $250,500
Webster Groves is located 6 miles west of St. Louis.

5. Des Peres

Des Peres, Mo

Population: 8,507
Median Income: $119,517
Median Home Price: $384,700
Des Peres is located 11 miles west of St. Louis.

6. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Mo

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,072
Median Income: $93,398
Median Home Price: $359,400
Creve Coeur is located 10 miles west of St. Louis.

7. Clayton

Clayton, Mo

Population: 16,034
Median Income: $88,250
Median Home Price: $577,300
Clayton is located 4 miles west of St. Louis.

8. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Mo

Population: 27,614
Median Income: $77,917
Median Home Price: $263,200
Kirkwood is located 10 miles west of St. Louis.

9. Ballwin

Ballwin, Mo

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,431
Median Income: $86,494
Median Home Price: $238,400
Ballwin is located 16 miles west of St. Louis.

10. Brentwood

Brentwood, Mo

Population: 8,030
Median Income: $72,903
Median Home Price: $208,700
Brentwood is located 5 miles west of St. Louis.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Missouri

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

  1. Berkeley
  2. Jennings
  3. Bellefontaine Neighbors

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Missouri

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Glendale 1 5,917 $128,571 $345,400
Ladue 2 8,579 $186,371 $771,500
Town And Country 3 11,001 $156,899 $659,700
Webster Groves 4 23,111 $85,856 $250,500
Des Peres 5 8,507 $119,517 $384,700
Creve Coeur 6 18,072 $93,398 $359,400
Clayton 7 16,034 $88,250 $577,300
Kirkwood 8 27,614 $77,917 $263,200
Ballwin 9 30,431 $86,494 $238,400
Brentwood 10 8,030 $72,903 $208,700
Chesterfield 11 47,717 $97,090 $347,000
Sunset Hills 12 8,515 $100,771 $358,100
Manchester 13 18,183 $77,978 $216,100
Dardenne Prairie 14 12,692 $123,942 $267,800
Lake St. Louis 15 15,150 $79,439 $245,500
Weldon Spring 16 5,545 $94,551 $322,500
Olivette 17 7,830 $68,700 $291,700
Shrewsbury 18 6,197 $52,335 $166,000
Ellisville 19 9,188 $74,074 $227,700
Richmond Heights 20 8,486 $71,323 $237,600
Eureka 21 10,497 $92,125 $239,200
Crestwood 22 11,941 $65,547 $186,100
St. Peters 23 55,820 $72,927 $168,400
Wildwood 24 35,764 $125,444 $358,300
Maryland Heights 25 27,359 $60,566 $153,300
St. Charles 26 68,341 $59,059 $179,200
Florissant 27 52,218 $51,603 $94,700
Maplewood 28 7,948 $41,469 $154,800
Valley Park 29 6,956 $54,854 $171,400
St. Ann 30 12,931 $38,234 $87,500
Arnold 31 21,196 $60,535 $147,400
St. John 32 6,459 $39,596 $81,800
Pevely 33 5,616 $47,813 $124,600
Pacific 34 6,246 $45,262 $136,200
Festus 35 11,929 $45,523 $128,400
Overland 36 15,932 $43,799 $88,500
Black Jack 37 6,956 $53,506 $119,700
Hazelwood 38 25,604 $45,851 $106,100
Bridgeton 39 11,698 $51,908 $158,500
Ferguson 40 21,035 $41,572 $87,100
Dellwood 41 5,020 $44,583 $74,500
Bellefontaine Neighbors 42 10,785 $38,472 $69,600
Jennings 43 14,749 $31,981 $64,900
Berkeley 44 9,068 $30,262 $65,900

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