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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Perhaps what makes Glendale so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.
However, quality education isn’t all that makes Glendale great. They also have the 3rd highest median income and the 75th shortest commute time.
Ladue ranks 2nd 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 Ladue over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Webster Groves is by far one of the best places to live in Missouri: the math proves it! This city has the 26th lowest unemployment rate and the 15th highest median income in all of Missouri.
Plus, the median home values are the 15th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 10th lowest in the state, making Webster Groves a safe and great place to live.
Town And Country isn’t just the nicest place to live in Missouri – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 2nd lowest unemployment rate, the 2nd highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Town And Country definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2019.
Creve Coeur ranks as the 5th best place in Missouri for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Creve Coeur has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Creve Coeur’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $93,398 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
It’s obvious why Kirkwood ranks 6th in the state for best places to live: they have the 12th lowest unemployment rate and the 14th highest home values.
Plus, they’re known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Kirkwood a great place to live.
Say what you want about expensive houses. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Clayton.
The median home costs a cool $577,300 and households make $88,250 which is good for 13th in Missouri.
Add that all up and Clayton places 7th in our ranking of the best places to live in Missouri for 2019.
Ballwin is feeling the love as it ranks as the 8th best city to live in Missouri for 2019.
It ranked highly because of its high incomes (14th overall) and low crime (3rd 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”.
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.
Brentwood 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 $208,700 and households earn a median salary of $72,903. One could get used to that.
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
- 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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