These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Missouri


We used data and science to determine which places in Missouri go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Missouri definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Missouri where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Show Me State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 122 largest places in Missouri, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Dexter
  2. Poplar Bluff
  3. Kennett
  4. Nevada
  5. Charleston
  6. Caruthersville
  7. Trenton
  8. Sikeston
  9. Neosho
  10. Webb City

So listen up Ladue as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Show Me State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 122 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Dexter

Dexter, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,846
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 49
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

2. Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,110
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

3. Kennett

Kennett, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,244
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

4. Nevada


Population: 8,073
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

5. Charleston

Charleston, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,847
Services: 113
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 43
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 90

6. Caruthersville

Caruthersville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,169
Services: 113
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 91
Housing: 47
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 90

7. Trenton

Trenton, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,067
Services: 103
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 99
Housing: 45
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 93

8. Sikeston

Sikeston, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,414
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 86
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 92

9. Neosho

Neosho, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,906
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

10. Webb City

Webb City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,923
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Healthcare: 90
Housing: 54
Transportation: 87
Utiltiies: 119

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Missouri

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Dexter 1 7,846 93 92 86
Poplar Bluff 2 17,110 93 92 86
Kennett 3 11,244 93 92 86
Nevada 4 8,073 94 89 90
Charleston 5 5,847 113 89 91
Caruthersville 6 6,169 113 89 91
Trenton 7 6,067 103 89 99
Sikeston 8 16,414 93 92 86
Neosho 9 11,906 94 89 90
Webb City 10 10,923 94 89 90
Macon 11 5,470 101 96 99
Carthage 12 14,271 94 89 90
Marshall 13 12,950 101 96 99
Bowling Green 14 5,301 101 96 99
Moberly 15 13,980 101 96 99
Kirksville 16 17,503 101 96 99
Hannibal 17 17,835 101 96 99
Aurora 18 7,502 99 100 94
Park Hills 19 8,717 97 101 101
Chillicothe 20 8,791 103 89 99
Joplin 21 49,924 94 89 90
Mexico 22 11,571 101 96 99
Bonne Terre 23 6,853 97 101 101
Clinton 24 9,167 103 89 99
Monett 25 8,893 94 89 90
Sedalia 26 21,340 101 96 99
Lebanon 27 14,454 99 100 94
Cameron 28 9,935 103 89 99
Boonville 29 8,305 101 96 99
Excelsior Springs 30 11,244 103 89 99
Maryville 31 11,924 95 95 102
West Plains 32 12,020 99 100 94
Richmond 33 5,790 103 89 99
Jennings 34 14,741 97 101 101
Fulton 35 12,702 101 96 99
Savannah 36 5,034 103 89 99
Desloge 37 5,027 97 101 101
Rolla 38 19,484 98 96 99
Marshfield 39 6,644 99 100 94
Normandy 40 5,020 97 101 101
De Soto 41 6,440 97 101 101
Grandview 42 24,491 103 89 99
Bolivar 43 10,331 99 100 94
Springfield 44 160,246 99 100 94
Berkeley 45 9,022 97 101 101
Independence 46 116,513 103 89 99
Raytown 47 29,486 103 89 99
Pevely 48 5,449 97 101 101
Perryville 49 8,234 97 101 101
Carl Junction 50 7,339 94 89 90
Odessa 51 5,260 103 89 99
Harrisonville 52 10,017 103 89 99
Jefferson City 53 42,983 98 96 99
Willard 54 5,237 99 100 94
Sullivan 55 7,830 97 101 101
Oak Grove 56 7,653 103 89 99
Ferguson 57 21,205 97 101 101
Overland 58 16,063 97 101 101
Farmington 59 16,522 97 101 101
Republic 60 14,637 99 100 94
Gladstone 61 25,635 103 89 99
Battlefield 62 5,496 99 100 94
Bellefontaine Neighbors 63 10,863 97 101 101
Cape Girardeau 64 37,982 97 101 101
Warrensburg 65 18,988 103 89 99
Florissant 66 52,273 97 101 101
Dellwood 67 5,028 97 101 101
Kansas City 68 459,772 103 89 99
Hazelwood 69 25,678 97 101 101
Ozark 70 17,710 99 100 94
Warrenton 71 7,850 97 101 101
Union 72 10,220 97 101 101
Belton 73 23,182 103 89 99
Pacific 74 6,024 97 101 101
Festus 75 11,559 97 101 101
Maplewood 76 8,081 97 101 101
Troy 77 10,587 97 101 101
Jackson 78 13,815 97 101 101
Nixa 79 19,032 99 100 94
Pleasant Hill 80 8,046 103 89 99
Liberty 81 29,252 103 89 99
Blue Springs 82 52,401 103 89 99
Grain Valley 83 12,507 103 89 99
Smithville 84 8,411 103 89 99
Black Jack 85 6,911 97 101 101
Kearney 86 8,419 103 89 99
Columbia 87 109,008 101 96 99
Washington 88 13,979 97 101 101
Branson 89 10,463 99 100 94
Arnold 90 20,859 97 101 101
Maryland Heights 91 27,418 97 101 101
Bridgeton 92 11,756 97 101 101
Greenwood 93 5,179 103 89 99
Shrewsbury 94 6,261 97 101 101
Lee’S Summit 95 90,544 103 89 99
Raymore 96 19,006 103 89 99
Valley Park 97 6,938 97 101 101
Crestwood 98 11,901 97 101 101
University City 99 35,397 97 101 101
Brentwood 100 8,022 97 101 101
Wentzville 101 28,879 97 101 101
O’Fallon 102 79,073 97 101 101
Manchester 103 18,154 97 101 101
Eureka 104 10,122 97 101 101
Ballwin 105 30,446 97 101 101
Parkville 106 5,538 103 89 99
Kirkwood 107 27,494 97 101 101
Richmond Heights 108 8,640 97 101 101
Ellisville 109 9,123 97 101 101
Webster Groves 110 22,974 97 101 101
Dardenne Prairie 111 11,341 97 101 101
Olivette 112 7,734 97 101 101
Chesterfield 113 47,471 97 101 101
Wildwood 114 35,388 97 101 101
Des Peres 115 8,395 97 101 101
Creve Coeur 116 17,777 97 101 101
Weldon Spring 117 5,473 97 101 101
Glendale 118 5,911 97 101 101
Sunset Hills 119 8,477 97 101 101
Clayton 120 15,740 97 101 101
Town And Country 121 10,821 97 101 101
Ladue 122 8,524 97 101 101

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