The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Missouri For 2022


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Missouri.

Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Missouri does this very well. Families love the Show Me State's beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state -- and that's how we're going to help you.

These are the places in Missouri that cost a pretty penny -- the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Missouri for 2022.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Missouri? That would be Sunset Hills.
the 2016-2020 American Community Survey for the 130 places in Missouri with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the 10 most expensive places to live in Missouri for 2022:

  1. Sunset Hills
  2. Weldon Spring
  3. Branson
  4. University City
  5. Columbia
  6. St. Robert
  7. Valley Park
  8. Rolla
  9. Creve Coeur
  10. Pacific

What's the most expensive place to live in Missouri? Well, HomeSnacks crunched the numbers and discovered that Sunset Hills is the most expensive place to live in Missouri.

So hopefully Richmond (the cheapest place to live in Missouri) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out some more reading about Missouri and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Missouri For 2022

1. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,466
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.2x (3rd most expensive)
More on Sunset Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Sunset Hills comes in at $100,972 and the median home value is $416,300 for 2022.

2. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,536
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.5x (14th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.8x (39th most expensive)
More on Weldon Spring: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Weldon Spring comes in at $117,297 and the median home value is $407,200 for 2022.

3. Branson

Branson, MO

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,526
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.3x (13th most expensive)
More on Branson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Branson comes in at $44,184 and the median home value is $168,200 for 2022.

4. University City

University City, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 34,336
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.1x (48th most expensive)
More on University City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in University City comes in at $66,466 and the median home value is $260,600 for 2022.

5. Columbia

Columbia, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 122,659
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (6th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 60.1x (42nd most expensive)
More on Columbia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Columbia comes in at $53,447 and the median home value is $208,300 for 2022.

6. St. Robert

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,193
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (2most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 56.2x (23rd most expensive)
More on St. Robert: Real Estate | Data

The median income in St. Robert comes in at $56,389 and the median home value is $180,200 for 2022.

7. Valley Park

Valley Park, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,813
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.1x (26th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.8x (17th most expensive)
More on Valley Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Valley Park comes in at $57,124 and the median home value is $179,200 for 2022.

8. Rolla

Rolla, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,273
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.9x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.3x (12th most expensive)
More on Rolla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Rolla comes in at $37,252 and the median home value is $143,700 for 2022.

9. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,627
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 73.4x (9most expensive)
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Creve Coeur comes in at $95,699 and the median home value is $443,700 for 2022.

10. Pacific

Pacific, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,780
Rank Last Year: 53 (Up 42)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.8x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.1x (47th most expensive)
More on Pacific: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Pacific comes in at $45,021 and the median home value is $169,500 for 2022.

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Show Me State For 2022

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Missouri
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it's actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2016-2020 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a "Cost of Living Index" by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 130 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Missouri according to the data is Sunset Hills. You can download the data here.

Summary: Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Missouri For 2022

Well there you have it, the places in Missouri that have the highest cost of living, with Sunset Hills ranking as the most expensive city in the Show Me State.

Here's a look at the most affordable cities in Missouri according to the data:

  1. Richmond
  2. Trenton
  3. Kennett

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Sunset Hills 4.67 8,466 4.1x 40.2x
2 Weldon Spring 20.67 5,536 3.5x 59.8x
3 Branson 23.33 11,526 3.8x 52.3x
4 University City 24.67 34,336 3.9x 61.1x
5 Columbia 26.33 122,659 3.9x 60.1x
6 St. Robert 28.33 6,193 3.2x 56.2x
7 Valley Park 28.33 6,813 3.1x 53.8x
8 Rolla 29.17 20,273 3.9x 51.3x
9 Creve Coeur 32.67 18,627 4.6x 73.4x
10 Pacific 34.33 6,780 3.8x 61.1x
11 Bolivar 36.67 11,000 3.5x 53.0x
12 Clayton 37.0 16,763 5.6x 81.2x
13 Springfield 37.67 167,601 3.3x 49.3x
14 St. Louis 37.83 304,709 3.1x 54.5x
15 Olivette 38.0 7,837 4.2x 77.8x
16 Cape Girardeau 39.33 40,100 3.4x 60.0x
17 Ellisville 39.33 9,752 3.5x 71.7x
18 Kansas City 40.0 491,158 2.9x 57.4x
19 Brentwood 40.0 7,986 3.0x 64.6x
20 Maplewood 40.33 8,073 3.7x 66.7x
21 Webster Groves 40.33 22,906 3.2x 71.6x
22 Warrensburg 42.0 20,313 3.4x 63.2x
23 Kirkwood 45.33 27,772 3.6x 84.3x
24 Kirksville 45.33 17,645 3.2x 56.4x
25 Maryville 45.67 11,641 3.2x 59.0x
26 Caruthersville 46.0 5,518 3.2x 48.8x
27 Town And Country 47.33 11,109 3.7x 162.9x
28 Warrenton 47.67 8,388 3.1x 61.1x
29 Sikeston 48.67 16,664 3.1x 58.5x
30 Bridgeton 49.67 11,577 2.9x 65.0x
31 Manchester 50.0 18,102 3.1x 75.4x
32 De Soto 50.33 6,359 2.9x 50.9x
33 St. Charles 50.67 70,650 3.0x 72.0x
34 Poplar Bluff 53.33 16,979 2.9x 55.1x
35 Harrisonville 54.0 10,084 2.8x 60.2x
36 Chesterfield 54.33 47,603 3.1x 99.3x
37 Richmond Heights 54.67 8,581 2.9x 78.8x
38 Joplin 54.67 50,580 2.8x 58.3x
39 Carl Junction 55.0 8,202 2.7x 62.6x
40 Farmington 55.0 18,792 3.1x 63.8x
41 Glendale 55.67 5,881 2.9x 99.2x
42 Boonville 56.67 8,300 3.1x 65.0x
43 Ballwin 57.0 30,177 2.9x 84.0x
44 Waynesville 57.67 5,260 2.6x 64.0x
45 Parkville 58.0 7,122 2.9x 170.2x
46 Raymore 58.33 21,676 2.6x 71.9x
47 Ozark 59.0 20,216 2.7x 65.6x
48 Lake St. Louis 59.33 16,357 2.8x 87.9x
49 Wildwood 59.67 35,476 2.8x 105.3x
50 Jackson 60.0 14,893 2.7x 71.5x
51 Des Peres 60.0 8,654 2.6x 88.2x
52 Shrewsbury 60.33 6,108 2.7x 74.0x
53 Nixa 60.67 22,086 2.8x 73.7x
54 Cottleville 61.0 5,439 2.8x 95.3x
55 Clinton 62.33 8,792 2.8x 59.2x
56 Savannah 62.83 5,170 2.6x 58.3x
57 Union 63.0 11,931 2.8x 69.9x
58 Pleasant Hill 64.0 8,611 2.7x 78.3x
59 Arnold 64.33 21,144 2.6x 67.5x
60 Grandview 65.0 24,990 2.5x 56.5x
61 Monett 65.33 9,035 2.5x 52.6x
62 Jefferson City 66.17 42,670 3.0x 82.7x
63 Moberly 67.0 13,710 2.6x 59.1x
64 O'fallon 67.0 88,132 2.5x 80.2x
65 West Plains 68.0 12,290 2.6x 56.8x
66 Perryville 68.67 8,500 2.7x 68.4x
67 Grain Valley 68.67 14,261 2.4x 70.8x
68 Independence 70.0 117,139 2.4x 58.3x
69 Festus 71.0 12,054 2.6x 70.5x
70 Greenwood 71.0 6,067 2.1x 65.2x
71 Lee's Summit 72.0 98,997 2.5x 87.3x
72 Gladstone 72.33 27,365 2.4x 67.3x
73 Wentzville 73.0 40,407 2.5x 89.8x
74 Blue Springs 73.33 55,415 2.4x 71.9x
75 Lebanon 73.67 14,735 2.6x 61.4x
76 Black Jack 73.67 6,930 2.3x 60.6x
77 Odessa 73.67 5,240 2.6x 75.2x
78 Eureka 74.0 10,203 2.5x 105.6x
79 Liberty 75.0 31,761 2.5x 86.4x
80 Aurora 75.17 7,461 2.3x 48.8x
81 Marshall 75.33 12,920 2.6x 66.1x
82 St. Peters 75.33 57,536 2.4x 75.7x
83 Maryland Heights 76.33 26,996 2.3x 68.3x
84 Belton 77.0 23,568 2.1x 60.9x
85 Republic 77.0 16,571 2.4x 65.7x
86 St. Joseph 77.33 75,369 2.4x 62.1x
87 Hazelwood 77.67 25,222 2.3x 60.1x
88 Kearney 77.67 10,460 2.4x 86.2x
89 Crestwood 77.67 11,859 2.4x 91.5x
90 Sedalia 77.83 21,634 2.4x 58.9x
91 Carthage 78.33 14,699 2.3x 52.4x
92 Fulton 78.67 12,696 2.6x 71.8x
93 Sullivan 79.0 6,499 2.5x 63.5x
94 Dardenne Prairie 79.33 13,385 2.4x 117.3x
95 Marshfield 79.67 7,425 2.7x 79.4x
96 Washington 80.0 14,052 2.5x 86.6x
97 Bonne Terre 80.33 7,037 2.5x 65.5x
98 Ferguson 80.67 20,631 2.1x 41.3x
99 Raytown 80.83 29,176 2.0x 57.9x
100 Charleston 81.0 5,478 2.2x 47.0x

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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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