The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2021


We analyzed over 71 places in Missouri to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Missouri.

So you've punched your last time card and you're looking for us to show you the places in the Show-Me State that are the absolute best for retirement. You're in the right place, because we've looked at the data to come up with the best places to retire in Missouri.

Whether you're a lifelong Missourian or are moving from far away, the state is a great place to spend your golden years. For starters, Missouri has the lowest rent of any state in America, so your savings will go farther here than anywhere else in the country. Not to mention you'll have plenty extra to spend on all the fun things to do in Missouri. Like catching a Tigers or Cardinals game with the family. Or going to the best Blues Festival of your life. And if you're a beer enthusiast, you have to take a tour of Anheuser-Busch. Maybe you're really excited to get out in nature more in your retirement. In that case, Missouri has you covered with loads of gorgeous state parks and all the fishing opportunities an experienced angler will ever need.

So just where are these magical retirement destinations? About half of the best cities for retirement in Missouri are suburbs of St. Louis, with St. Ann being the best of the 'burbs for retirees. A few are around Kansas City, with Cameron being the best choice within an hour's drive of KC. Or you could go super-far south into Kennett and pick up a southern twang from your new Arkansan neighbors.

Toss out your suits and ties, pack up your golf clubs, and get ready to relax, because we're visiting the best places to retire in Missouri.

Why did Maryville take the top spot? And where are St. Louis and Springfield?

That wraps up our science-based attempt to unearth the best places to retire in Missouri. Because of Missouri's super-low cost of living, you'll be able to take advantage of all there is to do in the Show-Me State.

How did we at Homesnacks make this list? We started by narrowing down our search to only cities with at least 10,000 people, which gave us 48 cities to work with. We then compared these 48 cities using data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights. The places with the lowest crime, lowest costs, best weather, and easiest access to fun things to do made it onto our list. But which city shined above the rest in terms of retirement goodies? According to the data, Maryville is the best place to retire in Missouri for 2021.

Did you have your heart set on another Missourian city for your retirement? See how it scored based on our metrics on the complete list below.

For more Missouri state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Missouri For 2021

Maryville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,696
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
More on Maryville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mexico, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,543
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $694
Distance to Closest Airport: 85 miles
More on Mexico: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. Peters, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 57,273
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $990
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
More on St. Peters: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Moberly, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 13,707
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 10)
Median Rent: $609
Distance to Closest Airport: 120 miles
More on Moberly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marshall, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,949
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 13)
Median Rent: $647
Distance to Closest Airport: 81 miles
More on Marshall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,014
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Rent: $762
Distance to Closest Airport: 37 miles
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Creve Coeur, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,538
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 9)
Median Rent: $1,244
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Excelsior Springs, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,640
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 21)
Median Rent: $685
Distance to Closest Airport: 25 miles
More on Excelsior Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,515
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $700
Distance to Closest Airport: 66 miles
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data

Independence, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 117,084
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Rent: $864
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
More on Independence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Show Me State for 2021

To create our list of the best places in Missouri to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Show Me State -- 1019 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 48 places from across the state.

For these 48, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 48, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Maryville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Missouri Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Missouri goes to Maryville.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Branson
  2. Republic
  3. Springfield

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Missouri?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Maryville 11,696 $665
2 Mexico 11,543 $694
3 St. Peters 57,273 $990
4 Moberly 13,707 $609
5 Marshall 12,949 $647
6 Washington 14,014 $762
7 Creve Coeur 18,538 $1,244
8 Excelsior Springs 11,640 $685
9 Farmington 18,515 $700
10 Independence 117,084 $864

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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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