Where are the best places in the state of Missouri?
To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Show Me State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.
However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Missouri.
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.
After analyzing 125 places in Missouri, we came up with this list of the best places:
- Glendale (Homes For Sale)
- Ladue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Webster Groves (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Town and Country (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Creve Coeur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kirkwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ballwin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Des Peres (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Glendale if you’re thinking of moving to Missouri — it’s the best the Show Me State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Missouri.
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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’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Place 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Glendale ranks 1st on our list of best places to live in Missouri thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Missouri that we examined.
People have been flocking to Glendale over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Ladue.
Ladue ranked impressively high for its crime rate (5th overall) and its short commute times (42nd).
We think that’s worth the price of admission.
Let’s take a look at why Webster Groves is a great place to call home for 2018.
There’s low crime in Webster Groves, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.8% unemployment rate).
You can make Webster Groves your home for only $250,500 which won’t be too hard on a $85,856 household salary.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Town And Country. Statistically the 8th safest place in the state, there were only 4 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Town And Country, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $156,899 a year, and homes are valued at more than $659,700.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
Creve Coeur comes in at a close 5th. They have the 12th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 11th highest median income as well, which means the people in Creve Coeur are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 5th best in the state.
The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Missouri, as there were only 29 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in Missouri (2.9%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.
Additionally, homes are the 14th most expensive in Kirkwood ($263,200), meaning a lot of people want to live there.
Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $77,917 a year.
The Town of Clayton might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Clayton isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $577,300 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Missouri.
If Clayton can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.9% is the 53rd highest in the state.
Ballwin broke into the top ten best places to live in Missouri on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.
It placed 36th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 14th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 94th shortest average commute time of any place in Missouri.
Des Peres is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 9th best place in Missouri?
Homes are priced around $384,700 and residents have the 48th shortest commute in Missouri.
The tiny town of Brentwood may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Missouri residents know, Brentwood is a great central spot for making the most of life.
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 2018.
Best Towns To Live In Missouri
- Frontenac (Pop. 3,527)
- Oakland (Pop. 1,649)
- Warson Woods (Pop. 1,870)
- Weatherby Lake (Pop. 1,900)
- Fremont Hills (Pop. 1,006)
- Rock Hill (Pop. 4,628)
- Clarkson Valley (Pop. 2,638)
- Pleasant Valley (Pop. 3,043)
- Winchester (Pop. 1,505)
- Grantwood Village (Pop. 1,013)
Best Small Towns To Live In Missouri
- Country Life Acres (Pop. 135)
- Crystal Lake Park (Pop. 518)
- Shoal Creek Estates (Pop. 116)
- Pasadena Park (Pop. 515)
- Westwood (Pop. 289)
- Weldon Spring Heights (Pop. 109)
- Lake Tapawingo (Pop. 718)
- Windsor Place (Pop. 451)
- Lake Waukomis (Pop. 973)
- Platte Woods (Pop. 430)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Missouri according to the data:
- Caruthersville (Pop. 5,941)
- Charleston (Pop. 5,855)
- Berkeley (Pop. 9,068)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Missouri
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