St. Louis, MO Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2020-03-08
St. Louis's Overall Cost Of Living
Lower Than The National Average
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means St. Louis is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in St. Louis, MO?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, St. Louis has an overall cost of living index of 88 which is 0.9x lower than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Missouri, St. Louis has a cost of living index that's 1.0x lower than Missouri's index of 91.

The standard of living in St. Louis ranks as #1324 most affordable out of the 6522 places we measured in Missouri. By definition, that implies St. Louis ranks as the #5083 most expensive place in the Show Me State.

St. Louis Cost Of Living Vs. Missouri

Living Expense St. Louis Missouri National Average
Overall 88 91 100
Services 91 96 100
Groceries 105 99 100
Health 92 99 100
Housing 70 78 100
Transportation 95 95 100
Utilities 101 98 100
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St. Louis, MO Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Missouri, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

Median Home Value
Median Rent
Median Income
Statistic St. Louis Missouri United States
Median Home Value $131,900 $151,600 $204,900
Median Rent $810 $809 $1,023
Median Income $41,107 $53,560 $60,293
Home Value To Income 3.2x 2.8x 3.4x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.24x 0.18x 0.2x

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Cost Of Living In Cities Around St. Louis

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. St. Louis
Edwardsville, IL 24,868 98 1.1x
Collinsville, IL 24,756 89 1.0x
Clayton, MO 16,448 143 1.6x
Fairview Heights, IL 16,360 90 1.0x
Swansea, IL 13,863 95 1.1x
Shiloh, IL 13,250 100 1.1x
Glen Carbon, IL 12,845 99 1.1x
Columbia, IL 10,503 97 1.1x
Maplewood, MO 8,008 91 1.0x
Maryville, IL 7,955 98 1.1x

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