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 (Photos)
- Ladue (Photos)
- Webster Groves (Photos)
- Town And Country (Photos)
- Creve Coeur (Photos)
- Kirkwood (Photos)
- Clayton (Photos)
- Ballwin (Photos)
- Des Peres (Photos)
- Brentwood (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 659 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.
Population: 5,917 Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $345,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (1st best)
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Glendale is the best place in Missouri for 2018.
The residents of Glendale earn the 3rd most per household of any city in the state. Home prices are really high, which means people want to live there very badly. And the crime is very low as well.
Glendale has a well deserved spot on this list.
Population: 8,579 Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Values: $771,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (4th best)
Tiny Ladue (population 8,579) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Missouri.
It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 5th lowest in the state and incomes are the 1st highest. Top that off with the 1st most educated adult population and Ladue won’t be staying tiny for much longer.
3. Webster Groves
Population: 23,111Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $250,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (25th best)
Webster Groves has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Missouri. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Webster Groves is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home pricese. Additionally, the commute time for Webster Groves residents to work is significantly higher than average.
4. Town And Country
Population: 11,001 Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Home Values: $659,700 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (2nd best)
Who doesn’t want to live inTown And Country? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 1.9%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Town And Country in the news in the coming months.
5. Creve Coeur
Population: 18,072Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $359,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (11th best)
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Creve Coeur. Statistically the 21st safest place in the state, there were only 22 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Creve Coeur, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $93,398 a year, and homes are valued at more than $359,400.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the the good things in life?
Population: 27,614Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Values: $263,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (11th best)
Kirkwood had the 12th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (2.9%) and the 29th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Kirkwood is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
Population: 16,034Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Home Values: $577,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (53rd best)
In Clayton, everyone loves to call Clayton home! The median home value is the 3rd highest in Missouri.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 53rd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Show Me State.
Population: 30,431Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $238,400 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (35th best)
You might be surprised to see the Town of Ballwin so high on the list. Unless you live in Ballwin.
The unemployment rate here is really low, and at4.2%, Ballwin residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Missouri. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Ballwin is doing quite well.
Let’s be honest — Ballwin is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.
9. Des Peres
Population: 8,507 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $384,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (14th best)
Des Peres offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 14th lowest in Missouri and incomes are the 6th highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Population: 8,030 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $208,700 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (7th best)
Brentwood 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 7th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 25th highest median income of any place in our analysis.
However, it only has the 34th shortest average commute time of any place in Missouri.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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)
- Weldon Spring Heights (Pop. 109)
- Westwood (Pop. 289)
- Lake Tapawingo (Pop. 718)
- Windsor Place (Pop. 451)
- Lake Waukomis (Pop. 973)
- Cliff Village (Pop. 22)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Missouri:
- Berkeley (Pop. 9,068)
- Charleston (Pop. 5,855)
- Caruthersville (Pop. 5,941)
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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Missouri
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