Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Missouri a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Missouri.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Show Me State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Missouri, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 115 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Show Me State for 2022.
Osage County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Missouri. And you might want to avoid Dunklin County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Missouri, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Missouri For 2022
1. Osage County
Biggest Place: Linn
Median Income: $62,087.0 (12th best)
Median Home Price: $159,000.0 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.7% (2nd best)
More on Osage County: Data
Biggest Place: O’Fallon
Biggest Place: Troy
Median Income: $70,424.0 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $165,700.0 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (42nd best)
More on Lincoln County: Data
4. Cole County
Biggest Place: Jefferson City
Biggest Place: Savannah
Biggest Place: Cameron
Biggest Place: Kansas City
Biggest Place: Fayette
9. Cass County
Biggest Place: Kansas City
10. Gasconade County
Biggest Place: Owensville
Methodology: How do you determine which Missouri county is the best?
To give you the best county in Missouri, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Missouri across each of the criteria from one to 115, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Missouri”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Show Me State.
Read on to see why Osage County is the best county, while Dunklin County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Missouri.
Summary: The Best Counties In Missouri To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Missouri can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Missouri according to the data:
- Dunklin County
- Pemiscot County
- Hickory County
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