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 comes in 1st in our best places to live in Missouri analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (1st overall) and crime rate (4th overall), Glendale 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 Glendale in our lists for years to come.
Ladue is feeling the love as it ranks as the 2nd best city to live in Missouri for 2016.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (1st overall) and low crime (5th overall and one of the best in the top ten).
We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Missouri”.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Missouri, Webster Groves came in 3rd. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Webster Groves has an impressive history for a place of just over 23,111 people. The median home costs a cool $250,500 and households make $85,856 which is good for 15th in Missouri.
Town And Country takes 4th place on our list of best places in Missouri for 2018 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.
Well, I guess technically 2.9% of Creve Coeur residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 12th 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, Creve Coeur also ranked well for crime (21st) and median income ($93,398).
Kirkwood is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $263,200 and households earn a median salary of $77,917. One could get used to that.
If you don’t have a job in Clayton, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 4.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $88,250.
That’s actually not a bad idea…
Ballwin is by far the largest area to top this list. And, the population density is really high, meaning there’s a ton of things to do to keep you occupied. .
Residents in this Jefferson City suburb are very wealthy. No wonder the population has exploded in the last 15 years.
Add that all up and Ballwin places 8th in our ranking of the best places to live in Missouri for 2018.
Des Peres is by far one of the best places to live in Missouri: the math proves it! This city has the 14th lowest unemployment rate and the 6th highest median income in all of Missouri.
Plus, the median home values are the 4th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 96th lowest in the state, making Des Peres a safe and great place to live.
Brentwood offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 7th lowest in Missouri and incomes are the 25th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
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)
For more Missouri reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Missouri
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2018
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri
- 10 Safest Places In Missouri
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Missouri
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Missouri
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