The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri For 2022


We analyzed 129 places in Missouri to determine where the 1% live.

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What cities in the Show-Me State can show you the money ? Let’s have a look at where the richest folks in Missouri reside.

While St. Louis itself didn’t make the cut, it is sort of a nexus of wealth in Missouri. Nine out of ten cities on this list are within an hour’s drive of St. Louis, and some of the suburbs on this list also top our list of best places to live in Missouri. Whether the riches make these spots desirable or their natural desirability attracts wealth is a matter best left to philosophers.

In any case, the average median household income for the cities on this list is over $125,000/year, so you’d better have a nest egg before making the move to the Kansas City suburb of Parkville. And in places like Ladue, you’d be lucky to get a house for under $750,000. So if you want to end up rubbing elbows with Creve Coeur’s Jon Hamm at a backyard barbeque, you ought to get your nose to the grindstone. If you’re a dab hand at healthcare or developing aerospace technology, those might just be your ticket to breaking into some of the wealthiest spots in Missouri.

You may be asking exactly how we arrived at our list of the ten richest cities in the Show-Me State. Well, we started by examining the Census data from the American Community Survey for 131 Missouri cities with 5,000. Once we had weeded out the super-small communities, we looked at which of the remaining places left had a combination of low unemployment and poverty and a high median household income. This left us with only the most-moneyed spots Missouri.

So pull up a gilded plate of BBQ ribs and a champagne flute of Budweiser, flick on the Mizzou Tigers game, and read on to see where you can live like a Royal.

So how did Homesnacks determine which cities are the richest in Missouri? To weed out small communities of anomalous wealth, we narrowed the total cities in Missouri down to just those with a population of at least 5,000. Then we scored each place based a number of indicators of economic success.

That left us with 131 cities to compare. So what’s the wealthiest city in Missouri? According to the data, Ladue is the richest place for 2022.

If you live in Missouri but didn’t see your city in the top ten, take a look below to find out how wealthy your community is.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Missouri:

The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri For 2022

1. Ladue

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,631
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $242,792
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Photos

2. Des Peres

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 8,654
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $173,672
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Photos

3. Glendale

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,881
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $141,622
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Photos

4. Dardenne Prairie

Dardenne Prairie, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,385
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $134,267
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate

5. Greenwood

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,067
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $87,875
Unemployment Rate: 0.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate

6. Wildwood

Wildwood, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,476
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $135,177
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Wildwood: Real Estate | Photos

7. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,536
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 19)
Median Income: $117,297
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Weldon Spring: Real Estate | Photos

8. Parkville

Parkville, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,122
Rank Last Year: 24 (Up 16)
Median Income: $144,127
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.1%
More on Parkville: Real Estate | Photos

9. Kearney

Kearney, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,460
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $85,499
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Photos

10. Town And Country

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,109
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $202,974
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Photos

Methodology: How We Determined The Richest Places In Missouri For 2022

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Missouri
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2016-2020 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 131 places with more than 5,000 people in Missouri, we ranked each place from 1 to 131 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Ladue, crowned the “Richest City In Missouri For 2022”. You can download the data here.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 131 places.

Summary: The Wealthiest Places In Missouri For 2022

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Missouri, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Missouri.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Missouri, according to data:

Poorest: Charleston
2nd Poorest: Caruthersville
3rd Poorest: Jennings

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Missouri

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Ladue 3.0 $242,792
2 Des Peres 5.0 $173,672
3 Glendale 7.67 $141,622
4 Dardenne Prairie 9.67 $134,267
5 Greenwood 12.33 $87,875
6 Wildwood 14.0 $135,177
7 Weldon Spring 15.67 $117,297
8 Parkville 15.67 $144,127
9 Kearney 16.0 $85,499
10 Town And Country 16.33 $202,974
11 Chesterfield 17.33 $120,394
12 Brentwood 17.67 $80,486
13 Creve Coeur 18.0 $95,699
14 Cottleville 23.0 $124,310
15 Crestwood 23.0 $94,161
16 Clayton 24.67 $108,387
17 O’fallon 26.0 $92,498
18 Richmond Heights 26.33 $88,289
19 Shrewsbury 27.67 $70,341
20 Raymore 28.0 $86,368
21 Ballwin 28.0 $97,174
22 St. Peters 28.33 $80,119
23 Wentzville 28.33 $93,602
24 Kirkwood 30.33 $94,067
25 Grain Valley 30.33 $76,750
26 Liberty 30.67 $78,184
27 Eureka 31.0 $112,750
28 St. Charles 32.33 $71,232
29 Olivette 32.67 $90,123
30 Willard 33.0 $70,038
31 Lake St. Louis 33.33 $100,122
32 Manchester 34.67 $78,381
33 Webster Groves 36.33 $94,479
34 Sunset Hills 36.33 $100,972
35 Carl Junction 36.67 $61,250
36 Battlefield 37.0 $68,828
37 Washington 37.0 $66,779
38 Lee’s Summit 37.33 $93,295
39 Ellisville 40.33 $78,961
40 Maryland Heights 40.33 $69,973
41 Peculiar 41.33 $74,664
42 Blue Springs 42.0 $72,846
43 Arnold 46.0 $64,678
44 Troy 46.67 $68,524
45 Cameron 47.0 $57,855
46 Smithville 48.0 $83,400
47 Odessa 50.0 $58,945
48 Maplewood 50.0 $49,833
49 Savannah 50.33 $43,481
50 Pevely 51.33 $66,155
51 University City 52.67 $66,466
52 Belton 55.0 $65,667
53 Nixa 56.67 $63,176
54 Pacific 59.67 $45,021
55 Excelsior Springs 61.0 $60,735
56 Bridgeton 62.0 $61,207
57 St. Robert 64.0 $56,389
58 Perryville 64.67 $51,601
59 Ozark 65.0 $58,995
60 Gladstone 65.33 $63,225
61 Jefferson City 66.0 $54,003
62 Raytown 66.0 $55,940
63 Richmond 68.33 $57,188
64 Republic 68.67 $55,322
65 Oak Grove 69.33 $61,719
66 Jackson 69.33 $63,152
67 Union 70.0 $54,585
68 Pleasant Hill 72.0 $72,630
69 Farmington 72.33 $44,093
70 Branson 73.33 $44,184
71 St. Ann 73.33 $47,994
72 Monett 73.33 $39,435
73 Trenton 74.33 $44,500
74 Sullivan 74.33 $46,027
75 Columbia 76.0 $53,447
76 Webb City 76.67 $53,727
77 Festus 77.0 $59,041
78 Kansas City 77.0 $56,179
79 St. John 77.67 $53,288
80 Chillicothe 78.0 $45,496
81 Florissant 78.33 $58,769
82 Dexter 81.0 $39,339
83 Independence 81.0 $50,797
84 Bolivar 81.33 $37,500
85 Marshall 82.33 $44,076
86 Overland 83.0 $46,109
87 Sikeston 83.0 $42,702
88 St. Joseph 85.67 $48,716
89 Hazelwood 85.67 $52,201
90 Grandview 86.67 $47,670
91 Maryville 87.67 $40,112
92 Harrisonville 88.0 $49,920
93 Warrenton 88.67 $47,804
94 Black Jack 91.0 $57,298
95 Neosho 91.67 $43,925
96 Hannibal 92.0 $46,504
97 Waynesville 92.33 $65,306
98 Warrensburg 92.67 $48,306
99 Valley Park 92.67 $57,124
100 Cape Girardeau 93.0 $45,713

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the richest cities in Missouri.

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.

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