Joplin leads Missouri’s low cost of living

Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living in the United States for 2015. In general, the most expensive areas to live were Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Alaska, the West Coast and the Northeast. The least expensive areas were the Midwest and Southern States.

The Missouri Economic Research Information Center derives the cost of living index for each state by averaging the indices of participating cities and metropolitan areas in that state.  Missouri’s cost of living for the 2015 annual index was 91.5, down from the 2014 annual index of 93.3.  Cities across the nation participate in C2ER’s survey on a volunteer basis. Price information in the survey is governed by C2ER collection guidelines which strive for uniformity.

Bar graph illustrating the cost of living for selected Missouri cities, 2015 annual average