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

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

With the unemployment rate being the 1st lowest in Missouri and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Glendale.

Plus, the crime rate is the 4th lowest 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

If you don't have a job in Ladue, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 2.0%. 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 $186,371.

That's actually not a bad idea...

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

At an unemployment rate of 3.8%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Webster Groves. And the residents command high salaries ($85,856 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($250,500 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Missouri. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

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 comes in at a close 4th. They have the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 2nd highest median income as well, which means the people in Town And Country are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 2nd best in the state.

Creve Coeur, MO

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 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 12th lowest in the state at 2.9%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $93,398, and the average cost of a home is $359,400. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Creve Coeur one of America's gems.

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

The Town of Kirkwood consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Kirkwood ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Kirkwood are the 14th most expensive in the state of Missouri, with the average home worth a whopping $263,200. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Kirkwood if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Kirkwood residents have the 2highest income in the state, and the 29th lowest crime numbers 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

If you want to live in Missouri, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Clayton 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 $88,250 median income will do that).

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

Ballwin, MO

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

The crime is the 3rd lowest in the state in Ballwin, and there were only 11 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 Ballwin earn $86,494 a year.

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 takes 9th place on our list of best places in Missouri for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (14th overall) and things to do.

Des Peres 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 $384,700 at the median.

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?

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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