These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2018


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

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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:

  1. Glendale (Homes For Sale)
  2. Ladue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Webster Groves (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Town and Country (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Creve Coeur (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Kirkwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ballwin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Des Peres (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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 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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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, MO

Source: Public domain
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

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.

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

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, 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 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, 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 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, 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

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

  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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