10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

These cities are the cream of the crop in the Show Me State.

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

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The Show Me State' has a lot to show. So we've decided to play their game and show you their top ten best place to live in Missouri for 2019.

Where the Midwest meets the South, right smack dab in the middle of America, you can find some of the nicest people, best Friday night tailgating, and some of the best cities in Missouri.

What does an awesome city in Missouri look like? It can look like just about anything. The 'Mother of the West' has cities like Cape Girardeau that hug the Mighty Mississippi, an Arch and a riverfront welcome you in St. Louis, and Missouri's Kansas City has the best BBQ.

So, whether you're floating the Black River, checkin' out Mark Twain State Park, or catching a show in Branson, you'll soon figure out why Missouri is the 18th most populous state in the country. Super fun, super safe cities aside, we're here to get down to what the BEST city in Missouri looks like.

So without further adieu, grab some BBQ, crack a King of Beers, find a sunny spot at Marty Byrde's Restaurant and read on as we unravel the top ten best Missouri cities for 2019.

Whether you're a Kansas City Royals' fan or a Cardinal's fan, or just of fan of great Missouri cities, you're in the right place.

What does the best city in the "Cave State" look like? Well, after crunching data from the US Census in terms of median home prices and unemployment rates for cities with over 5,000 residents, Glendale is the best place to live in Missouri.

Take a look at the list below to see the cities that gave Glendale a run for their money. And if you don't see your favorite MIssouri city in the top ten, head to the bottom of the page.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

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Population: 5,917
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $345,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (1st best)
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data

Glendale is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the best place in Missouri?

Homes are priced around $345,400 and residents have the 75th shortest commute in Missouri.

Ladue, MO

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Population: 8,579
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $771,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (4th best)
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ladue is known for having a great education system and has the 42nd shortest commute time.

Additionally, the unemployment rate in Ladue is the 4th lowest in Missouri and the median income is the highest in the state.

Webster Groves, MO

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Population: 23,111
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $250,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (26th best)
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in Missouri, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Webster Groves area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $85,856 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Webster Groves as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Webster Groves.

Town And Country, MO

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Population: 11,001
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $659,700 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (2nd best)
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Town And Country has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Town And Country had the 2nd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $156,899.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Creve Coeur, MO

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Population: 18,072
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $359,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (12th best)
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Creve Coeur. Statistically the 21st safest place in the state, there were only 22 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It's really beautiful in Creve Coeur, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $93,398 a year, and homes are valued at more than $359,400.

What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?

Kirkwood, MO

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Population: 27,614
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $263,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (12th best)
More on Kirkwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kirkwood has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Kirkwood has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 2.9% and lowering. And the Kirkwood police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 29th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?

Clayton, MO

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Population: 16,034
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $577,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (53rd best)
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let's take a look at why Clayton is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Clayton, and the residents here are gainfully employed (4.9% unemployment rate).

You can make Clayton your home for only $577,300 which won't be too hard on a $88,250 household salary.

Ballwin, MO

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Population: 30,431
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $238,400 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (36th best)
More on Ballwin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ballwin is another gem in Show Me State. The unemployment rate here is 36th lowest in the entire state at 4.2%. Other factors that make Ballwin so desirable is the solid education and home prices.

Homes are valued at $238,400, and parents earn a combined $86,494 a year

There's nothing like the American dream.

Des Peres, MO

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Population: 8,507
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $384,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (14th best)
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Des Peres ranked highly for adjusted median income (6th), crime (96th), and unemployment (14th).

With a population of 8,507 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".

But don't listen to what they say people of Des Peres, you can be anything you want.

Brentwood, MO

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Population: 8,030
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $208,700 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (7th best)
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We wouldn't be surprised to see CNN call Brentwood one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there's essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can't build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Brentwood.

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Missouri

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities -- Populations over 5,000
  • Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
  • Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000

This left us with 125 cities, 230 towns, and 534 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Missouri

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Missouri across a number of criteria from one to 125, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Missouri".

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Missouri? That would be Glendale.

If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Missouri.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Glendale at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Missouri

If you're looking at areas in Missouri with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Glendale made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Missouri for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Missouri

  1. Frontenac (Pop. 3,527)
  2. Oakland (Pop. 1,649)
  3. Warson Woods (Pop. 1,870)
  4. Weatherby Lake (Pop. 1,900)
  5. Fremont Hills (Pop. 1,006)
  6. Rock Hill (Pop. 4,628)
  7. Clarkson Valley (Pop. 2,638)
  8. Pleasant Valley (Pop. 3,043)
  9. Winchester (Pop. 1,505)
  10. Grantwood Village (Pop. 1,013)

Best Small Towns To Live In Missouri

  1. Country Life Acres (Pop. 135)
  2. Crystal Lake Park (Pop. 518)
  3. Shoal Creek Estates (Pop. 116)
  4. Pasadena Park (Pop. 515)
  5. Westwood (Pop. 289)
  6. Weldon Spring Heights (Pop. 109)
  7. Lake Tapawingo (Pop. 718)
  8. Windsor Place (Pop. 451)
  9. Lake Waukomis (Pop. 973)
  10. Platte Woods (Pop. 430)

If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Missouri according to the data:

  1. Caruthersville (Pop. 5,941)
  2. Charleston (Pop. 5,855)
  3. Berkeley (Pop. 9,068)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Missouri?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Glendale 5,917 1.7% $345,400
2 Ladue 8,579 2.0% $771,500
3 Webster Groves 23,111 3.8% $250,500
4 Town And Country 11,001 1.9% $659,700
5 Creve Coeur 18,072 2.9% $359,400
6 Kirkwood 27,614 2.9% $263,200
7 Clayton 16,034 4.9% $577,300
8 Ballwin 30,431 4.2% $238,400
9 Des Peres 8,507 3.1% $384,700
10 Brentwood 8,030 2.4% $208,700

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.

One thought on “10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

  1. This article should have been called “The Best 10 Places in St. Louis County.” I take it, this is where the author is from?

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