The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Missouri For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Missouri have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

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Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Missouri:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Missouri, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Show Me State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Missouri that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Missouri at the moment? That would be Dellwood according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Missouri for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Missouri For 2021

  1. Dellwood
  2. Osage Beach
  3. Peculiar
  4. Savannah
  5. Cottleville
  6. Odessa
  7. Waynesville
  8. Macon
  9. Bowling Green
  10. Willard

What's the best place to buy a home in Missouri for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Missouri and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Missouri.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Missouri For 2021

Dellwood, MO

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,013
Median Home Price: $71,800
Population Change: 2.1%
Home Price Change: 2.9%
More on Dellwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,080
Median Home Price: $240,000
Population Change: 3.5%
Home Price Change: -6.3%
More on Osage Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 5,139
Median Home Price: $147,000
Population Change: 2.7%
Home Price Change: 1.3%
More on Peculiar: Homes For Sale | Data

Savannah, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,159
Median Home Price: $113,500
Population Change: 0.7%
Home Price Change: 3.0%
More on Savannah: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cottleville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,200
Median Home Price: $308,000
Population Change: 6.5%
Home Price Change: 7.7%
More on Cottleville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Odessa, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,210
Median Home Price: $137,900
Population Change: 0.4%
Home Price Change: 3.7%
More on Odessa: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,257
Median Home Price: $186,600
Population Change: -0.1%
Home Price Change: 15.5%
More on Waynesville: Homes For Sale | Data

Macon, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,358
Median Home Price: $94,800
Population Change: -0.4%
Home Price Change: 1.3%
More on Macon: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,516
Median Home Price: $86,800
Population Change: 0.3%
Home Price Change: 2.6%
More on Bowling Green: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,519
Median Home Price: $139,400
Population Change: 1.2%
Home Price Change: 9.9%
More on Willard: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Missouri for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Missouri. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Missouri with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Missouri with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Missouri, only 132 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 132 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Dellwood is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Show Me State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Missouri for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Missouri. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Missouri

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Dellwood 1 $71,800 2.1% 2.9%
Osage Beach 2 $240,000 3.5% -6.3%
Peculiar 3 $147,000 2.7% 1.3%
Savannah 4 $113,500 0.7% 3.0%
Cottleville 5 $308,000 6.5% 7.7%
Odessa 6 $137,900 0.4% 3.7%
Waynesville 7 $186,600 -0.1% 15.5%
Macon 8 $94,800 -0.4% 1.3%
Bowling Green 9 $86,800 0.3% 2.6%
Willard 10 $139,400 1.2% 9.9%
Weldon Spring 11 $397,300 -0.3% 3.5%
Charleston 12 $72,400 -1.6% 7.1%
Caruthersville 13 $94,600 -2.5% 18.1%
Richmond 14 $100,800 0.4% 7.3%
Trenton 15 $91,200 -1.3% 4.5%
Glendale 16 $414,800 0.1% 7.5%
Pevely 17 $132,500 1.9% 5.1%
St. Robert 18 $188,700 6.2% 9.5%
Shrewsbury 19 $174,300 -0.3% 2.2%
Battlefield 20 $157,600 2.2% 2.1%
Greenwood 21 $170,500 2.5% 5.6%
Pacific 22 $144,200 0.2% 1.6%
De Soto 23 $112,200 -0.2% 3.4%
St. John 24 $78,300 -0.6% 0.5%
Sullivan 25 $104,600 1.0% -0.9%
Parkville 26 $411,600 3.1% 6.9%
Valley Park 27 $179,700 -0.5% 3.3%
Black Jack 28 $127,700 -0.2% -0.4%
Bonne Terre 29 $89,400 0.8% 1.2%
Marshfield 30 $116,900 1.3% 5.1%
Aurora 31 $78,600 0.0% -2.4%
Olivette 32 $338,100 0.2% 8.6%
Dexter 33 $88,000 -0.3% -1.9%
Brentwood 34 $228,800 -0.2% 3.0%
Maplewood 35 $189,600 0.5% 4.7%
Carl Junction 36 $144,700 1.0% 1.8%
Oak Grove 37 $134,700 2.6% 8.5%
Warrenton 38 $127,700 1.2% 6.0%
Nevada 39 $71,100 0.8% 0.6%
Boonville 40 $113,200 0.1% -0.7%
Perryville 41 $129,300 0.6% 5.1%
Sunset Hills 42 $392,200 -0.2% 4.4%
Richmond Heights 43 $253,700 0.5% 2.5%
Pleasant Hill 44 $178,300 1.1% 9.6%
Park Hills 45 $73,200 -0.3% 3.4%
Ladue 46 $831,800 0.2% -0.4%
Des Peres 47 $449,800 0.6% 5.8%
Berkeley 48 $63,700 -0.7% -1.5%
Monett 49 $106,900 0.8% 6.9%
Clinton 50 $99,300 0.1% 7.1%
Chillicothe 51 $91,200 0.3% 4.5%
Ellisville 52 $250,700 0.8% 5.2%
Cameron 53 $113,200 0.0% 8.4%
Smithville 54 $194,500 3.6% 7.3%
Harrisonville 55 $137,000 0.2% 2.2%
Kennett 56 $91,600 -1.6% 0.5%
Kearney 57 $188,700 3.2% 7.6%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 58 $63,400 -0.9% -0.3%
Eureka 59 $277,800 0.9% 2.7%
Bolivar 60 $111,600 1.1% -1.3%
Town And Country 61 $734,800 0.1% 1.1%
Branson 62 $157,500 0.6% 3.6%
Union 63 $148,800 1.8% 3.4%
Mexico 64 $92,500 -0.0% -2.4%
Bridgeton 65 $168,700 -0.7% 4.3%
Excelsior Springs 66 $135,400 0.6% 7.6%
Maryville 67 $130,500 -0.6% -2.6%
Webb City 68 $99,600 1.3% -2.7%
Crestwood 69 $208,600 -0.1% 6.5%
Festus 70 $137,100 0.1% 8.2%
Neosho 71 $93,300 -0.2% 1.6%
Troy 72 $148,000 2.6% 5.0%
West Plains 73 $99,700 0.1% 6.4%
St. Ann 74 $89,900 -0.8% 2.4%
Fulton 75 $126,800 -0.2% 2.8%
Marshall 76 $110,200 -0.4% 5.8%
Dardenne Prairie 77 $301,500 1.2% 6.4%
Moberly 78 $94,100 -0.4% 1.2%
Grain Valley 79 $174,400 1.8% 5.4%
Washington 80 $165,000 0.2% -0.4%
Lebanon 81 $99,800 0.1% 2.0%
Carthage 82 $88,600 0.1% -1.3%
Jennings 83 $64,800 -0.6% -1.2%
Jackson 84 $164,800 0.3% 2.7%
Overland 85 $89,000 -0.5% 2.3%
Lake St. Louis 86 $274,400 2.2% 2.2%
Sikeston 87 $121,400 -1.0% 2.9%
Republic 88 $131,000 1.3% 2.3%
Clayton 89 $633,400 0.9% 0.5%
Poplar Bluff 90 $92,400 -0.5% -9.3%
Hannibal 91 $105,300 -1.5% 2.2%
Kirksville 92 $118,400 0.4% 10.8%
Manchester 93 $229,700 -0.4% 2.1%
Farmington 94 $134,200 1.3% 4.2%
Creve Coeur 95 $402,300 0.5% 0.7%
Ozark 96 $154,000 1.8% 3.4%
Warrensburg 97 $160,400 0.6% 6.2%
Rolla 98 $131,100 0.3% 4.8%
Ferguson 99 $83,500 -0.9% 2.3%
Arnold 100 $157,600 0.2% 2.8%

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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.

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