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)
  2. Ladue (Photos | Homes)
  3. Webster Groves (Photos | Homes)
  4. Town And Country (Photos | Homes)
  5. Creve Coeur (Photos | Homes)
  6. Kirkwood (Photos | Homes)
  7. Clayton (Photos | Homes)
  8. Ballwin (Photos | Homes)
  9. Des Peres (Photos | Homes)
  10. Brentwood (Photos | Homes)

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.

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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 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’.

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.

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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.

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1. Glendale


Population: 5,917
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $345,400 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (1st best)
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data
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.

2. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Population: 8,579
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Values: $771,500 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.0% (4th best)
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Data
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

Webster Groves, Missouri

Population: 23,111
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $250,500 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (25th best)
More on Webster Groves: Real Estate | Data
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

Town And Country, Missouri

Population: 11,001
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Home Values: $659,700 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.9% (2nd best)
More on Town and Country: Real Estate | Data
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

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,072
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Home Values: $359,400 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (11th best)
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data
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?

6. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Missouri

Population: 27,614
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Home Values: $263,200 (14th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (11th best)
More on Kirkwood: Real Estate | Data
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.

7. Clayton

Clayton, Missouri

Population: 16,034
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Home Values: $577,300 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (53rd best)
More on Clayton: Real Estate | Data
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.

8. Ballwin

Ballwin, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,431
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Values: $238,400 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (35th best)
More on Ballwin: Real Estate | Data
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

Des Peres, Missouri

Population: 8,507
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $384,700 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (14th best)
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Data
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.

10. Brentwood

Brentwood, Missouri

Population: 8,030
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $208,700 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (7th best)
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data
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

  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. Weldon Spring Heights (Pop. 109)
  6. Westwood (Pop. 289)
  7. Lake Tapawingo (Pop. 718)
  8. Windsor Place (Pop. 451)
  9. Lake Waukomis (Pop. 973)
  10. Cliff Village (Pop. 22)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Missouri:

  1. Berkeley (Pop. 9,068)
  2. Charleston (Pop. 5,855)
  3. Caruthersville (Pop. 5,941)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Missouri

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Glendale 1 1 5,917 1.7% $345,400
Ladue 2 4 8,579 2.0% $771,500
Webster Groves 3 2 23,111 3.8% $250,500
Town And Country 4 7 11,001 1.9% $659,700
Creve Coeur 5 5 18,072 2.9% $359,400
Kirkwood 6 6 27,614 2.9% $263,200
Clayton 7 3 16,034 4.9% $577,300
Ballwin 8 8 30,431 4.2% $238,400
Des Peres 9 11 8,507 3.1% $384,700
Brentwood 10 12 8,030 2.4% $208,700
Chesterfield 11 10 47,717 3.9% $347,000
O’Fallon 12 15 84,018 3.7% $198,100
Manchester 13 9 18,183 4.2% $216,100
Battlefield 14 23 5,920 3.1% $144,800
Parkville 15 24 6,124 2.6% $335,600
Sunset Hills 16 20 8,515 2.0% $358,100
Lake St. Louis 17 13 15,150 3.5% $245,500
Ellisville 18 14 9,188 4.4% $227,700
Shrewsbury 19 16 6,197 3.9% $166,000
Carl Junction 20 27 7,634 2.9% $130,400
Olivette 21 17 7,830 5.5% $291,700
Lee’S Summit 22 18 94,257 4.1% $195,900
Wentzville 23 24 34,176 3.3% $196,700
Crestwood 24 22 11,941 5.8% $186,100
Richmond Heights 25 18 8,486 4.5% $237,600
St. Peters 26 26 55,820 4.6% $168,400
Raymore 27 21 20,107 3.5% $178,100
Eureka 28 32 10,497 4.8% $239,200
Dardenne Prairie 29 28 12,692 3.6% $267,800
Greenwood 30 31 5,474 4.6% $143,300
Grain Valley 31 36 13,273 1.9% $151,600
Kearney 32 30 9,259 4.5% $158,100
St. Charles 33 34 68,341 4.7% $179,200
Blue Springs 34 35 53,641 4.4% $146,800
Weldon Spring 35 33 5,545 2.7% $322,500
Maryland Heights 36 41 27,359 5.7% $153,300
Savannah 37 40 5,103 4.5% $108,800
Liberty 38 46 30,239 5.5% $165,600
Jackson 39 37 14,641 6.3% $159,700
Smithville 40 29 9,069 7.3% $174,200
Columbia 41 38 117,165 4.2% $178,600
Pleasant Hill 42 43 8,272 5.9% $162,900
Nixa 43 39 20,520 5.4% $135,400
Willard 44 52 5,447 2.9% $123,100
Wildwood 45 45 35,764 3.5% $358,300
Washington 46 53 14,012 4.5% $156,200
Florissant 47 49 52,218 7.3% $94,700
Perryville 48 50 8,374 4.6% $111,600
Oak Grove 49 42 7,844 3.2% $117,500
Gladstone 50 47 26,562 5.9% $132,500
Odessa 51 51 5,221 6.0% $126,400
Maryville 52 54 11,957 6.7% $137,800
Troy 53 59 11,374 5.6% $136,900
Ozark 54 64 18,867 7.8% $139,200
Valley Park 55 58 6,956 3.2% $171,400
Warrensburg 56 48 19,932 7.2% $150,800
Republic 57 57 15,766 4.8% $122,300
Boonville 58 79 8,397 4.1% $110,600
Waynesville 59 44 5,297 14.1% $160,000
Arnold 60 56 21,196 7.1% $147,400
Maplewood 61 73 7,948 6.2% $154,800
Farmington 62 60 17,881 4.3% $119,500
Pevely 63 81 5,616 4.0% $124,600
Belton 64 69 23,236 6.6% $124,000
Marshall 65 55 12,984 4.2% $96,800
Trenton 66 68 5,946 2.2% $83,300
Pacific 67 72 6,246 3.9% $136,200
Cape Girardeau 68 65 39,200 6.8% $134,500
Bowling Green 69 67 5,464 4.0% $81,500
Excelsior Springs 70 76 11,480 5.8% $114,500
Rolla 71 61 19,904 5.9% $129,300
Black Jack 72 77 6,956 9.6% $119,700
Festus 73 66 11,929 9.9% $128,400
St. Ann 74 81 12,931 8.1% $87,500
Chillicothe 75 63 9,199 3.7% $91,700
Raytown 76 62 29,366 7.8% $97,000
Kirksville 77 71 17,592 7.4% $105,700
St. John 78 77 6,459 6.9% $81,800
Overland 79 87 15,932 6.2% $88,500
Cameron 80 80 10,150 6.1% $107,400
Moberly 81 99 13,867 8.1% $79,000
St. Joseph 82 83 76,901 6.8% $103,500
Mexico 83 90 11,622 8.2% $87,200
Hazelwood 84 74 25,604 10.9% $106,100
Bonne Terre 85 88 7,109 12.6% $78,300
Joplin 86 84 51,231 7.4% $115,600
Grandview 87 92 25,126 7.3% $102,700
St. Robert 88 107 5,396 12.2% $191,200
Marshfield 89 91 6,958 6.8% $101,400
Union 90 75 10,813 8.6% $139,600
Hannibal 91 110 17,707 7.5% $95,000
West Plains 92 98 12,259 5.4% $97,600
Bolivar 93 85 10,592 12.4% $114,400
Fulton 94 86 12,886 8.5% $111,200
Richmond 95 96 5,638 4.7% $94,200
Independence 96 93 117,217 7.8% $100,500
Bridgeton 97 89 11,698 10.1% $158,500
Harrisonville 98 70 10,002 11.4% $126,700
Macon 99 94 5,463 9.9% $86,900
Dexter 100 101 7,934 10.4% $85,700

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