These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri For 2018


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 120 largest places in Missouri, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Missouri for 2018:

  1. Dexter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kennett (Homes For Sale)
  3. Poplar Bluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sikeston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Nevada (Homes For Sale)
  6. Neosho (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Webb City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Carthage (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Joplin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Aurora (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Ladue (the most expensive place in Missouri) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out the best places to live in Missouri or the most expensive.

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How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2018

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 120 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

Population: 7,846
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 49
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Dexter: Homes For Sale | Data
Dexter is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States, founded in 1873. The population was 7,864 at the 2010 census.

2. Kennett

Kennett, Missouri

Population: 11,244
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Kennett: Homes For Sale | Data
Kennett is a city in and the county seat of Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The city is located in the southeast corner (or ‘Bootheel’) of Missouri, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Arkansas and 20 miles (32 km) from the Mississippi River. It has a population of 10,932 according to the 2010 Census. It is the largest city in the Bootheel, a mostly agricultural area.

3. Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Population: 17,110
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Poplar Bluff: Homes For Sale | Data
Poplar Bluff is a small city in Butler County in Southeast Missouri in the United States. It is the county seat of Butler County and is known as ‘The Gateway to the Ozarks’ among other names. The population was 17,023 at the 2010 census.

4. Sikeston

Sikeston, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 16,414
Services: 93
Groceries: 92
Health Care: 86
Housing: 58
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 92
More on Sikeston: Homes For Sale | Data
Sikeston /sakstn/ is a city located both in southern Scott County and northern New Madrid County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated just north of the ‘Missouri Bootheel’, although many locals consider Sikeston a part of it. By way of Interstate 55, Interstate 57, and U.S. Route 60, Sikeston is close to the halfway point between St. Louis, Missouri and Memphis, Tennessee and three hours from Nashville, Tennessee. The city is named after John Sikes, who founded it in 1860. It is the principal city of the Sikeston Micropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of all of Scott County, and has a total population of 41,143.

5. Nevada

Nevada, Missouri

Population: 8,073
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 46
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Nevada: Homes For Sale | Data
Nevada /nved/ (local pronunciation is NevAYda) is a city and a county seat of Vernon County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,386 at the 2010 census, and 8,171 in the 2012 estimate. Nevada is the home of Cottey College. Nevada’s local government is the council-manager model. The mayor of Nevada is Brian Leanard.

6. Neosho

Neosho, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,906
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 52
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Neosho: Homes For Sale | Data
Neosho (/nioo/; originally Siouan pronunciation: [nioo] or Siouan pronunciation: [niou] is the most populous city in Newton County, Missouri, United States, which it serves as the county seat. With a population of 11,835 as of the 2010 census, the city is a part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region with an estimated 176,849 (2011) residents. Neosho lies on the western edge of the Ozarks.

7. Webb City

Webb City, Missouri

Population: 10,923
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 54
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Webb City: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. Carthage

Carthage, Missouri

Population: 14,271
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 55
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Carthage: Homes For Sale | Data
Carthage is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 14,378 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jasper County and is nicknamed ‘America’s Maple Leaf City.’

9. Joplin

Joplin, Missouri

Population: 49,924
Services: 94
Groceries: 89
Health Care: 90
Housing: 60
Transportation: 87
Utilities: 119
More on Joplin: Homes For Sale | Data
Joplin (/dpln/) or (/pln/) is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Missouri. Joplin is the largest city in Jasper County, though it is not the county seat (the county seat is Carthage). As of the 2010 census, the city population was 50,150. Joplin is the main hub of the three-county Joplin-Miami, Oklahoma metropolitan area.

10. Aurora

Aurora, Missouri

Population: 7,502
Services: 99
Groceries: 100
Health Care: 94
Housing: 52
Transportation: 83
Utilities: 103
More on Aurora: Homes For Sale | Data
Aurora is a city in Lawrence County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,508 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Missouri, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Missouri

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

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