Richest Cities In Missouri For 2020


We analyzed 129 places in Missouri to determine where the 1% live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Missouri.

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What cities in the Show-Me State can show you the money (and lots of it)? Let's have a look at where the richest folks in Missouri reside.

While St. Louis itself didn't make the cut, it is sort of a nexus of wealth in Missouri. Nine out of ten cities on this list are within an hour's drive of St. Louis, and some of the suburbs on this list (Ladue, Glendale, and Town and Country) also top our list of best places to live in Missouri. Whether the riches make these spots desirable or their natural desirability attracts wealth is a matter best left to philosophers.

In any case, the average median household income for the cities on this list is over $125,000/year, so you'd better have a nest egg before making the move to the Kansas City suburb of Parkville. And in places like Ladue, you'd be lucky to get a house for under $750,000. So if you want to end up rubbing elbows with Creve Coeur's Jon Hamm at a backyard barbeque, you ought to get your nose to the grindstone. If you're a dab hand at healthcare or developing aerospace technology, those might just be your ticket to breaking into some of the wealthiest spots in Missouri.

You may be asking exactly how we arrived at our list of the ten richest cities in the Show-Me State. Well, we started by examining the Census data from the American Community Survey for 129 Missouri cities with 5,000. Once we had weeded out the super-small communities, we looked at which of the remaining places left had a combination of low unemployment and poverty and a high median household income. This left us with only the most-moneyed spots Missouri.

So pull up a gilded plate of BBQ ribs and a champagne flute of Budweiser, flick on the Mizzou Tigers game, and read on to see where you can live like a Royal.

So how did Homesnacks determine which cities are the richest in Missouri? To weed out small communities of anomalous wealth, we narrowed the total cities in Missouri down to just those with a population of at least 5,000. Then we scored each place based a number of indicators of economic success (poverty and unemployment rates, along with median household income).

That left us with 129 cities to compare. So what's the wealthiest city in Missouri? According to the data, Ladue is the richest place for 2020.

If you live in Missouri but didn't see your city in the top ten, take a look below to find out how wealthy your community is.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Missouri:

The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri For 2020

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,586
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $192,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ladue is an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis, located in central St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2013 census, the city had a population of 8,560.

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,567
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $140,658
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Des Peres is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 8,373 at the 2010 census.

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,888
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $141,217
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendale is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,925 at the 2010 census.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,139
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $128,452
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate | Data

Dardenne Prairie is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 11,494 at the 2010 census.

Parkville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,524
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $127,887
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University and English Landing Park.

Creve Coeur, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,445
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $100,735
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Creve Coeur is a city located in west St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, in Greater St. Louis. The population was 17,833 at the 2010 census. Creve Coeur borders and shares a ZIP code with the neighboring city of Town and Country. It is home to the headquarters of Monsanto and Drury Hotels.

Wildwood, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,517
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $132,221
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Wildwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterfield, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 47,663
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Income: $106,250
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.7%
More on Chesterfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterfield is a city in St. Louis County, Missouri, United States, and a Western suburb of St. Louis. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,484, making it the state's fourteenth-largest city.

Kearney, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,778
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 13)
Median Income: $78,152
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kearney is a city in Clay County, Missouri, United States. The population per the 2010 U.S. Census was 8,381. It is most famous for being the birthplace of Jesse James, and there is an annual festival in the third weekend of September to recognize the notorious outlaw.

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,066
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $178,000
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Missouri For 2020

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Missouri
The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don't believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the "richest places". So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2014-2018 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 129 places with more than 5,000 people in Missouri, we ranked each place from 1 to 129 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a "Rich Score" with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Ladue, crowned the "Richest City In Missouri For 2020". You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 129 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Missouri For 2020

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Missouri, we weren't sure what we'd encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Missouri.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you're curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Missouri, according to data:

Poorest: Caruthersville
2nd Poorest: Charleston
3rd Poorest: Kirksville

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Missouri

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Ladue 2.33 $192,500
2 Des Peres 5.0 $140,658
3 Glendale 6.67 $141,217
4 Dardenne Prairie 7.0 $128,452
5 Parkville 8.0 $127,887
6 Creve Coeur 12.33 $100,735
7 Wildwood 12.67 $132,221
8 Chesterfield 13.0 $106,250
9 Kearney 14.33 $78,152
10 Town And Country 15.67 $178,000
11 Greenwood 16.33 $91,733
12 Sunset Hills 17.67 $98,450
13 Brentwood 18.0 $79,469
14 Kirkwood 18.33 $88,378
15 Raymore 21.67 $81,603
16 Ballwin 23.0 $91,886
17 Weldon Spring 23.33 $102,105
18 O'fallon 25.0 $87,238
19 Eureka 25.0 $106,000
20 Lake St. Louis 25.33 $88,750
21 Carl Junction 27.67 $67,034
22 Clayton 28.0 $97,145
23 Webster Groves 28.33 $94,617
24 Lee's Summit 29.0 $85,325
25 Olivette 30.33 $80,323
26 Wentzville 31.0 $86,551
27 Liberty 31.0 $71,686
28 Washington 31.0 $59,471
29 Shrewsbury 31.67 $55,804
30 Willard 32.0 $56,865
31 Grain Valley 32.33 $70,193
32 Battlefield 32.67 $58,819
33 St. Peters 33.0 $76,803
34 Crestwood 33.33 $76,875
35 Ellisville 33.67 $75,017
36 Richmond Heights 35.33 $78,481
37 Blue Springs 37.33 $71,481
38 St. Charles 39.33 $64,483
39 Valley Park 39.67 $62,467
40 Manchester 40.33 $79,414
41 Oak Grove 42.67 $57,739
42 Troy 44.67 $53,162
43 Savannah 45.0 $45,461
44 Belton 46.33 $63,321
45 Union 49.33 $50,799
46 Smithville 50.33 $79,038
47 Perryville 50.67 $42,439
48 Arnold 53.0 $63,702
49 Pevely 53.67 $57,897
50 Peculiar 54.0 $56,281
51 Ozark 55.0 $54,031
52 Maryland Heights 55.67 $63,594
53 Maplewood 58.0 $45,095
54 Nixa 61.0 $53,674
55 Jefferson City 62.33 $50,832
56 Raytown 63.0 $52,650
57 St. Robert 63.33 $48,750
58 Farmington 65.0 $47,109
59 Odessa 65.67 $52,642
60 Gladstone 67.0 $58,663
61 Black Jack 67.33 $56,270
62 University City 69.0 $60,508
63 Hazelwood 70.0 $53,907
64 Excelsior Springs 70.33 $47,781
65 Bridgeton 71.0 $58,854
66 Jackson 71.33 $58,292
67 Republic 72.0 $49,987
68 Trenton 72.33 $39,871
69 Florissant 73.33 $53,750
70 Pleasant Hill 73.67 $67,458
71 Bonne Terre 74.33 $51,175
72 Bolivar 74.67 $40,334
73 Festus 75.33 $52,081
74 Pacific 75.33 $49,451
75 Marshall 75.33 $39,535
76 Independence 75.33 $48,331
77 Kansas City 76.0 $52,405
78 St. John 76.67 $46,313
79 Overland 77.0 $44,860
80 Nevada 77.0 $34,865
81 Bowling Green 77.0 $39,469
82 Chillicothe 77.67 $41,614
83 Cameron 78.0 $47,529
84 Richmond 78.0 $41,737
85 Grandview 78.67 $44,892
86 Columbia 79.0 $49,277
87 Warrenton 81.0 $43,814
88 St. Joseph 81.33 $47,413
89 West Plains 81.33 $34,715
90 Boonville 81.67 $38,546
91 Webb City 84.33 $48,480
92 St. Ann 85.33 $47,825
93 Joplin 86.0 $42,782
94 Fulton 87.0 $43,623
95 Neosho 87.33 $39,183
96 Monett 87.33 $40,432
97 Moberly 92.67 $39,255
98 Cape Girardeau 92.67 $44,383
99 Marshfield 93.0 $40,122
100 Macon 94.33 $38,613

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

2 thoughts on “Richest Cities In Missouri For 2020

    1. Springfield?!! Lol! Drug riddled, trash populated, good ol boy places! Take a drive along Hwy 13 and “view” the beauty of Springfield!

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