10 Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the cheapest places to live in Missouri.

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You don’t have to launder drug money in the Ozarks to be able to live in most cities in Missouri: The Show Me State is affordable.

Yes, learning the value of the dollar is important, but you don’t want to stress about it daily when looking for a safe, affordable Missouri neighborhood to call home, a great deal on a St.Louis-style pizza, or monthly living costs that won’t break the bank. Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the country. And it is no surprise considering they have amazing jobs in agriculture, aerospace, tech, and beer. Yes, folks, Missouri is home to Anheuser-Busch. And i f you play your cards right, maybe your next mortgage payment can come from a great job with the King Of Beers.

Regardless, Missouri knows how to make the dolla’ holla’. The median income for the state is up above $35,000. With all that income, you can make most Missouri cities doable. More importantly, you can spend the extra coin in your pocket on the fun things that Missouri offers: like a weekend in the Ozarks, season tickets to the Cardinals, and/or a riverboat cruise down the mighty Mississippi River.

You don’t have to look any further in terms of affordability if you choose a down home Missouri city to call home. But you do have to read below to see what city on our top 10 most affordable cities in Missouri for 2019 list best suits you.

So, grab a Busch Light and some Kansas City BBQ, and read on.

Missouri’s strong economy, gold star housing prices, and average cost of living make its cities very desirable. So, one can imagine how difficult it was for us to narrow down the places in this Midwest flyover state where you can make ends meet.

The cheapest place to live in Missouri? That would be Bonne Terre based on the cost of housing adjusted for incomes and cost of living. Bonne Terre is our most affordable city in Missouri for 2019.

So, if you care about home values, cost of living, and high quality of life, take a look at the list below to find the most affordable places in Missouri, where your salary will let you live like Kansas City Royal-ty.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Missouri and the cheapest places in the country:

The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

Bonne Terre, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,138
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.6x (1st most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 82.6x (12th cheapest)
More On Bonne Terre: Homes For Sale | Data

Bonne Terre is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,864 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Bonne Terre comes in at $50,654 and the median home value is $80,600 for 2019.

Park Hills, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,592
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 6)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.0x (14th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 63.6x (60th cheapest)
More On Park Hills: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Park Hills is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri. The population was 8,759 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Park Hills comes in at $36,868 and the median home value is $75,400 for 2019.

St. Ann, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,864
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 35)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 1.9x (6th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.9x (75th cheapest)
More On St. Ann: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

St. Ann is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis in mid St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,020 at the 2010 census.

The median income in St. Ann comes in at $46,680 and the median home value is $87,000 for 2019.

Webb City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,148
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.1x (16th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 66.9x (47th cheapest)
More On Webb City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Webb City is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,996 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Webb City also has a police department, a fire department, and animal control services.

The median income in Webb City comes in at $48,318 and the median home value is $102,200 for 2019.

Richmond, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,609
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (34th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 70.6x (39th cheapest)
More On Richmond: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Richmond is a city in Ray County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,797 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Ray County.

The median income in Richmond comes in at $40,575 and the median home value is $94,800 for 2019.

Macon, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,412
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.5x (59th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 79.0x (21st cheapest)
More On Macon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Macon is a city in Macon County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,500 at the 2012 census. It is the county seat of Macon County.

The median income in Macon comes in at $35,857 and the median home value is $90,200 for 2019.

Moberly, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,775
Rank Last Year: 33 (Up 26)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.2x (18th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.3x (79th cheapest)
More On Moberly: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Moberly is a city in Randolph County, Missouri, United States. The population was 13,974 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Moberly comes in at $37,023 and the median home value is $79,800 for 2019.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,722
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.0x (9th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.0x (32nd cheapest)
More On Carl Junction: Homes For Sale | Data

Carl Junction is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,445 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The median income in Carl Junction comes in at $70,000 and the median home value is $136,600 for 2019.

Trenton, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,915
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.3x (28th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.8x (68th cheapest)
More On Trenton: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Trenton is a city in Grundy County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,001 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Grundy County. The city claims to be the world’s largest producer of vienna sausages.

The median income in Trenton comes in at $36,590 and the median home value is $84,000 for 2019.

Odessa, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,200
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 2.4x (47th most affordable)
Income To Rent Ratio: 81.7x (13th cheapest)
More On Odessa: Homes For Sale | Data

Odessa is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,300 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Odessa comes in at $50,419 and the median home value is $122,400 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 129 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the lowest cost of living in Missouri according to the data is Bonne Terre.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Missouri Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Missouri, this is an accurate list of the most affordable places to live in missouri for 2019.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Missouri according to the data:

  1. University City
  2. Columbia
  3. St. Robert

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Affordable Places To Live In Missouri?

Rank City CheapScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Bonne Terre 8.33 7,138 1.6x 82.6x
2 Park Hills 27.0 8,592 2.0x 63.6x
3 St. Ann 32.67 12,864 1.9x 60.9x
4 Webb City 33.0 11,148 2.1x 66.9x
5 Richmond 33.67 5,609 2.3x 70.6x
6 Macon 34.33 5,412 2.5x 79.0x
7 Moberly 35.83 13,775 2.2x 60.3x
8 Carl Junction 37.0 7,722 2.0x 73.0x
9 Trenton 37.17 5,915 2.3x 61.8x
10 Odessa 39.0 5,200 2.4x 81.7x

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.

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