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

The Town of Ladue might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Ladue isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $771,500 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Missouri.

If Ladue can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.0% is the 4th highest in the state.

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

Things can't get much better than in the town of Webster Groves. The crime is the 10th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Webster Groves make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $250,500 and households make $85,856 which is good for 15th in Missouri.

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

If you live in Town And Country, you probably know how great it is already.

Town And Country has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($156,899). And the crime is really, really low (8th lowest in Missouri).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

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

If you don't have a job in Creve Coeur, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 2.9%. 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 $93,398.

That's actually not a bad idea...

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

Kirkwood 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 12th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 2highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 60th shortest average commute time of any place 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

Clayton 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 Clayton is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Clayton residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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

Ballwin has a really low crime rate (3rd lowest) and only 4.2% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($86,494). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Ballwin.

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

The crime is the 96th lowest in the state in Des Peres, and there were only 8 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 Des Peres earn $119,517 a year.

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

Brentwood is by far one of the best places to live in Missouri: the math proves it! This city has the 7th lowest unemployment rate and the 25th highest median income in all of Missouri.

Plus, the median home values are the 22nd highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 93rd lowest in the state, making Brentwood a safe and great place to live.

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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