Best Places To Live In Missouri For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

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 2020.

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 2020

Glendale, MO

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Population: 5,888
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $385,700 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (7th best)
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you want to live in Missouri, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Glendale area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $141,217 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Glendale as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Glendale.

Ladue, MO

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Population: 8,586
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $835,300 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.6% (2nd best)
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

With the unemployment rate being the 2nd lowest in Missouri and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Ladue.

Plus, the crime rate is the 14th lowest in the state!

Clayton, MO

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Population: 16,448
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $630,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (39th 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.

Webster Groves, MO

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Population: 23,029
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $278,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (55th best)
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don't have a job in Webster Groves, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 4.0%. 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 $94,617.

That's actually not a bad idea...

Kirkwood, MO

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Population: 27,693
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $293,200 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.5% (20th best)
More on Kirkwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kirkwood 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 20th lowest in the state at 2.5%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $88,378, and the average cost of a home is $293,200. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Kirkwood one of America's gems.

Town And Country, MO

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Population: 11,066
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $726,600 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (25th best)
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Town And Country makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Missouri mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 2.7% of folks are jobless, you can bet Town And Country residents are glad to live where they do.

Chesterfield, MO

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Population: 47,663
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $370,300 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.2% (13th best)
More on Chesterfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterfield 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 13th lowest unemployment rate, the 8th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Chesterfield definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.

Creve Coeur, MO

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Population: 18,445
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $399,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (17th best)
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Creve Coeur has a really low crime rate (28th lowest) and only 2.4% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($100,735). 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 Creve Coeur.

Ballwin, MO

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Population: 30,332
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $246,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (48th best)
More on Ballwin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ballwin ranks as the 9th best place in Missouri for 2020. Let's take a look at why.

Ballwin has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Ballwin's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $91,886 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

Brentwood, MO

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Population: 8,023
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $222,200 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.6% (4th best)
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We think the motto in Brentwood should be "Everything is greater in Brentwood," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Brentwood has some of the highest home values in Missouri, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Brentwood only has 5.4% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Brentwood a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

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. You can download the data here.

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 2020.

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. Aurora (Pop. 7,435)
  2. Berkeley (Pop. 8,991)
  3. Caruthersville (Pop. 5,760)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Missouri?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Glendale 5,888 174.2% $385,700
2 Ladue 8,586 156.2% $835,300
3 Clayton 16,448 318.8% $630,400
4 Webster Groves 23,029 397.2% $278,500
5 Kirkwood 27,693 250.7% $293,200
6 Town And Country 11,066 272.1% $726,600
7 Chesterfield 47,663 218.9% $370,300
8 Creve Coeur 18,445 238.2% $399,400
9 Ballwin 30,332 347.9% $246,200
10 Brentwood 8,023 159.9% $222,200

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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 “Best Places To Live In Missouri, 2020

  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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