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.
Here are the 10 best places to live in Missouri for 2019:
- 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.
The 10 Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2019
The Town of Glendale might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Glendale isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $345,400 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Missouri.
If Glendale can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (1.7% is the 1st highest in the state.
Ladue ranks as the 2nd best place in Missouri for 2019. Let’s take a look at why.
Ladue has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Ladue’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $186,371 a year.
The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂
The crime is the 10th lowest in the state in Webster Groves, and there were only 23 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 Webster Groves earn $85,856 a year.
Town And Country takes 4th place on our list of best places in Missouri for 2019 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (2nd overall) and things to do.
Town And Country 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 $659,700 at the median.
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.
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Missouri, Kirkwood came in 6th. Let’s see why.
It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.
Plus, Kirkwood has an impressive history for a place of just over 27,614 people. The median home costs a cool $263,200 and households make $77,917 which is good for 21st in Missouri.
Well, I guess technically 4.9% of Clayton residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 53rd closest of any city in Missouri.
You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.
In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Clayton also ranked well for crime (34th) and median income ($88,250).
Ballwin comes in 8th in our best places to live in Missouri analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (36th overall) and crime rate (3rd overall), Ballwin is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Ballwin in our lists for years to come.
Des Peres 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 14th lowest in the state at 3.1%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $119,517, and the average cost of a home is $384,700. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications call Des Peres one of America’s gems.
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?
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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