These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019


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

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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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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.

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.

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

For more Missouri reading, check out:

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.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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

The Town of Glendale might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Glendale isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $345,400 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Missouri.

If Glendale can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (1.7% is the 1st highest in the state.

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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 ranks as the 2nd best place in Missouri for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.

Ladue has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Ladue’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $186,371 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

Webster Groves, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

The crime is the 10th lowest in the state in Webster Groves, and there were only 23 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Missouri, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Webster Groves earn $85,856 a year.

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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 takes 4th place on our list of best places in Missouri for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (2nd overall) and things to do.

Town And Country is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $659,700 at the median.

Creve Coeur, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

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.

Kirkwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Missouri, Kirkwood came in 6th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Kirkwood has an impressive history for a place of just over 27,614 people. The median home costs a cool $263,200 and households make $77,917 which is good for 21st in Missouri.

Clayton, MO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

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

Well, I guess technically 4.9% of Clayton residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 53rd closest of any city in Missouri.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Clayton also ranked well for crime (34th) and median income ($88,250).

Ballwin, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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 comes in 8th in our best places to live in Missouri analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (36th overall) and crime rate (3rd overall), Ballwin is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Ballwin in our lists for years to come.

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

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

Des Peres has it made. In fact, according to science, it’s one of the best places to live in the state of Missouri.

The unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in the state at 3.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $119,517, and the average cost of a home is $384,700. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Des Peres one of America’s gems.

Brentwood, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

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

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Brentwood. Statistically the 93rd safest place in the state, there were only 16 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in Brentwood, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $72,903 a year, and homes are valued at more than $208,700.

What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in 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 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)

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Chesterfield 47,717 3.9% $347,000
12 O’fallon 84,018 3.7% $198,100
13 Manchester 18,183 4.2% $216,100
14 Battlefield 5,920 3.1% $144,800
15 Parkville 6,124 2.6% $335,600
16 Sunset Hills 8,515 2.0% $358,100
17 Lake St. Louis 15,150 3.5% $245,500
18 Ellisville 9,188 4.4% $227,700
19 Shrewsbury 6,197 3.9% $166,000
20 Carl Junction 7,634 2.9% $130,400
21 Olivette 7,830 5.5% $291,700
22 Lee’s Summit 94,257 4.1% $195,900
23 Wentzville 34,176 3.3% $196,700
24 Crestwood 11,941 5.8% $186,100
25 Richmond Heights 8,486 4.5% $237,600
26 St. Peters 55,820 4.6% $168,400
27 Raymore 20,107 3.5% $178,100
28 Eureka 10,497 4.8% $239,200
29 Dardenne Prairie 12,692 3.6% $267,800
30 Greenwood 5,474 4.6% $143,300
31 Grain Valley 13,273 1.9% $151,600
32 Kearney 9,259 4.5% $158,100
33 St. Charles 68,341 4.7% $179,200
34 Blue Springs 53,641 4.4% $146,800
35 Weldon Spring 5,545 2.7% $322,500
36 Maryland Heights 27,359 5.7% $153,300
37 Savannah 5,103 4.5% $108,800
38 Liberty 30,239 5.5% $165,600
39 Jackson 14,641 6.3% $159,700
40 Smithville 9,069 7.3% $174,200
41 Columbia 117,165 4.2% $178,600
42 Pleasant Hill 8,272 5.9% $162,900
43 Nixa 20,520 5.4% $135,400
44 Willard 5,447 2.9% $123,100
45 Wildwood 35,764 3.5% $358,300
46 Washington 14,012 4.5% $156,200
47 Florissant 52,218 7.3% $94,700
48 Perryville 8,374 4.6% $111,600
49 Oak Grove 7,844 3.2% $117,500
50 Gladstone 26,562 5.9% $132,500
51 Odessa 5,221 6.0% $126,400
52 Maryville 11,957 6.7% $137,800
53 Troy 11,374 5.6% $136,900
54 Ozark 18,867 7.8% $139,200
55 Valley Park 6,956 3.2% $171,400
56 Warrensburg 19,932 7.2% $150,800
57 Republic 15,766 4.8% $122,300
58 Boonville 8,397 4.1% $110,600
59 Waynesville 5,297 14.1% $160,000
60 Arnold 21,196 7.1% $147,400
61 Maplewood 7,948 6.2% $154,800
62 Farmington 17,881 4.3% $119,500
63 Pevely 5,616 4.0% $124,600
64 Belton 23,236 6.6% $124,000
65 Marshall 12,984 4.2% $96,800
66 Trenton 5,946 2.2% $83,300
67 Pacific 6,246 3.9% $136,200
68 Cape Girardeau 39,200 6.8% $134,500
69 Bowling Green 5,464 4.0% $81,500
70 Excelsior Springs 11,480 5.8% $114,500
71 Rolla 19,904 5.9% $129,300
72 Black Jack 6,956 9.6% $119,700
73 Festus 11,929 9.9% $128,400
74 St. Ann 12,931 8.1% $87,500
75 Chillicothe 9,199 3.7% $91,700
76 Raytown 29,366 7.8% $97,000
77 Kirksville 17,592 7.4% $105,700
78 St. John 6,459 6.9% $81,800
79 Overland 15,932 6.2% $88,500
80 Cameron 10,150 6.1% $107,400
81 Moberly 13,867 8.1% $79,000
82 St. Joseph 76,901 6.8% $103,500
83 Mexico 11,622 8.2% $87,200
84 Hazelwood 25,604 10.9% $106,100
85 Bonne Terre 7,109 12.6% $78,300
86 Joplin 51,231 7.4% $115,600
87 Grandview 25,126 7.3% $102,700
88 St. Robert 5,396 12.2% $191,200
89 Marshfield 6,958 6.8% $101,400
90 Union 10,813 8.6% $139,600
91 Hannibal 17,707 7.5% $95,000
92 West Plains 12,259 5.4% $97,600
93 Bolivar 10,592 12.4% $114,400
94 Fulton 12,886 8.5% $111,200
95 Richmond 5,638 4.7% $94,200
96 Independence 117,217 7.8% $100,500
97 Bridgeton 11,698 10.1% $158,500
98 Harrisonville 10,002 11.4% $126,700
99 Macon 5,463 9.9% $86,900
100 Dexter 7,934 10.4% $85,700

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One thought on “These Are The 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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