The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the richest cities in Missouri.

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 132 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 132 cities to compare. So what's the wealthiest city in Missouri? According to the data, Des Peres is the richest place for 2021.

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 2021

1. Des Peres

Des Peres, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,619
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $150,800
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Des Peres: Real Estate | Photos

2. Ladue

Ladue, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,601
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $214,875
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Ladue: Real Estate | Photos

3. Glendale

Glendale, MO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,891
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $140,184
Unemployment Rate: 1.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Photos

4. Greenwood

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,247
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 7)
Median Income: $91,299
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate

5. Dardenne Prairie

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 13,293
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $132,192
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Dardenne Prairie: Real Estate

6. Kearney

Kearney, MO

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,095
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Median Income: $85,561
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Kearney: Real Estate | Photos

7. Wildwood

Wildwood, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,459
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $135,202
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Wildwood: Real Estate | Photos

8. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, MO

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 18,538
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $96,319
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Creve Coeur: Real Estate | Photos

9. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, MO

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 47,605
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $113,315
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Chesterfield: Real Estate | Photos

10. Town And Country

Town And Country, MO

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,077
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $192,983
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.1%
More on Town And Country: Real Estate | Photos

How We Determined The Richest Places In Missouri For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 132 places with more than 5,000 people in Missouri, we ranked each place from 1 to 132 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, Des Peres, crowned the "Richest City In Missouri For 2021". 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 132 places.

There You Have It - The Wealthiest Places In Missouri For 2021

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: Poplar Bluff
3rd Poorest: Caruthersville

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Missouri

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Des Peres 3.67 $150,800
2 Ladue 4.33 $214,875
3 Glendale 8.67 $140,184
4 Greenwood 10.33 $91,299
5 Dardenne Prairie 10.67 $132,192
6 Kearney 11.0 $85,561
7 Wildwood 11.0 $135,202
8 Creve Coeur 14.67 $96,319
9 Chesterfield 18.0 $113,315
10 Town And Country 18.67 $192,983
11 Raymore 18.67 $84,697
12 Kirkwood 19.0 $90,730
13 Ballwin 20.33 $98,750
14 Brentwood 21.0 $81,069
15 Crestwood 22.33 $84,714
16 Eureka 23.67 $111,058
17 Lake St. Louis 24.0 $92,298
18 Webster Groves 24.33 $102,759
19 Clayton 24.33 $107,596
20 O'fallon 24.67 $90,025
21 Sunset Hills 24.67 $106,094
22 Lee's Summit 26.0 $89,969
23 Ellisville 27.67 $79,563
24 Parkville 28.33 $136,389
25 Richmond Heights 28.67 $82,261
26 Weldon Spring 31.0 $107,875
27 Liberty 31.33 $76,577
28 Willard 31.33 $61,188
29 St. Charles 31.67 $68,486
30 Grain Valley 31.67 $73,698
31 Cottleville 31.67 $108,036
32 Wentzville 32.33 $90,403
33 Carl Junction 32.67 $66,144
34 St. Peters 33.0 $78,786
35 Shrewsbury 34.67 $59,313
36 Blue Springs 36.67 $75,767
37 Olivette 39.67 $86,250
38 Savannah 41.67 $49,042
39 Oak Grove 42.33 $64,398
40 Battlefield 42.33 $61,373
41 Washington 43.33 $60,882
42 Peculiar 46.0 $62,708
43 Maryland Heights 47.33 $66,686
44 Belton 48.67 $62,754
45 Manchester 49.33 $77,983
46 Nixa 51.67 $58,402
47 Smithville 52.33 $82,398
48 Republic 53.0 $55,964
49 Troy 55.0 $54,915
50 Maplewood 56.0 $48,278
51 Odessa 56.33 $52,684
52 Arnold 57.33 $66,670
53 Ozark 58.33 $55,774
54 Perryville 58.33 $49,023
55 Union 59.67 $52,577
56 Jefferson City 62.33 $52,253
57 Raytown 62.67 $52,662
58 Richmond 62.67 $51,362
59 Cameron 63.33 $50,544
60 Festus 64.67 $55,236
61 St. Robert 66.67 $52,434
62 Bridgeton 67.33 $59,940
63 Jackson 67.67 $64,497
64 Farmington 68.33 $45,528
65 University City 68.67 $61,274
66 Gladstone 69.67 $59,018
67 Excelsior Springs 70.0 $49,428
68 Hazelwood 70.67 $54,573
69 Trenton 71.67 $40,881
70 Pevely 72.67 $55,980
71 Marshall 74.0 $42,584
72 Kansas City 74.67 $54,194
73 Branson 75.0 $46,319
74 Boonville 75.0 $46,287
75 Pleasant Hill 75.33 $70,728
76 St. John 76.0 $53,916
77 Pacific 77.33 $49,142
78 Valley Park 77.33 $56,786
79 Independence 78.0 $50,592
80 Florissant 78.0 $54,978
81 Chillicothe 78.33 $40,822
82 Grandview 79.33 $47,103
83 Warrenton 80.33 $43,837
84 Bonne Terre 82.0 $47,833
85 Bolivar 84.0 $38,396
86 Overland 84.0 $44,516
87 Columbia 84.33 $51,276
88 West Plains 85.0 $36,865
89 Black Jack 85.0 $58,029
90 Monett 85.33 $39,728
91 St. Joseph 85.67 $48,197
92 Fulton 86.33 $47,040
93 Webb City 88.67 $50,033
94 St. Ann 89.33 $47,727
95 Neosho 91.67 $38,214
96 Cape Girardeau 92.0 $45,733
97 Mexico 92.33 $40,538
98 Nevada 93.0 $34,325
99 Harrisonville 94.0 $47,404
100 Waynesville 94.0 $60,625

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

0 thoughts on “The 10 Richest Cities In Missouri For 2021

    1. Springfield?!! Lol! Drug riddled, trash populated, good ol boy places! Take a drive along Hwy 13 and “view” the beauty of Springfield!

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