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Best Places To Live In Missouri 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score89
  • Glendale, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,917
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  • Ballwin, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,431
  • I love Ballwin. The simplest I can put it. There is no place like it. The people come together in times of needs, which in today’s world, can be on of those moments that really change your life. I cam so
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  • Webster Groves, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,111
  • My cost of living is higher right now living in Webster Groves than other parts of Missouri, but it all balances out because I make more at my job here than I did before moving. I live near Big Bend
88
  • Kirkwood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,614
  • Kirk wood is a place that I tend to take for granted. Situated in downtown, the town is historic and extremely walkable. In the apartment that my wife and I live in, anything we want is within a few
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  • Manchester, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,183
  • If you're willing to pay a little higher cost of living to be in a great city you should check out where we're living in Manchester, Missouri. My fiancé and I rent an apartment here and we absolutely
87
  • O'Fallon, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 84,018
  • I've lived in O'Fallon MO City for the last few years. I moved here when I had a new job offer and haven't looked back. My initial worries about knowing the area were gone after just a few days. I felt
86
  • Ellisville, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,188
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  • Crestwood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,941
  • I love going to the public parks here with the most popular being Crestwood Park. I enjoy going there to watch a baseball or soccer game. The Aquatic Center located in Whitecliff Park is also a great
86
  • Blue Springs, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,641
  • I moved to Blue Springs, MO when I was 27. I had just graduated from college and wanted to move to a city where closeness is still strong. Growing up in a small town, I wanted to be able to know my
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  • St. Peters, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 55,820
  • I have lived in St. Peters, MO for most of my childhood. I still go back there a couple times a year to visit my family. It has been voted one of the best places to raise a family and with good reason.
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  • Eureka, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,497
  • I have lived in Eureka, Missouri for 12 years. It is an interesting and great place to be with a mix of old and new areas. There is the old town section which has a lot of interesting and historical
86
  • Sappington, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,233
85
  • Kearney, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,259
85
  • Liberty, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,239
  • Living in Liberty Missouri was one of the better areas that I have experienced. Neighboring cities like Kansas City add to the number of activities in the area. Liberty is stellar in educational
85
  • Lee's Summit, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 94,257
  • I currently live in Lee's Summit, MO. Lee's Summit is surrounded by major highways such as, 350, 291, and 50. Shopping centers, schools, and hospitals are readily accessible. The public school system is
85
  • Creve Coeur, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,072
  • During my years living in Creve Coeur, I was always blown away by the way of life. A small city, however, Creve Coeur has some of the most amazing real estate that I have seen in my travels. While most
84
  • Wentzville, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,176
  • Wentzville is one of those small cities that you've probably never heard of but would certainly enjoy. I moved here a year ago for work and quickly fell in love with the city. It's close enough to St.
84
  • Lake St. Louis, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,150
  • It was amazing living here, we used to call it the "Gateway City," because of the easy access to public transportation to all routes going in both directions. Furthermore, it's three hours away from twin
84
  • Shrewsbury, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,197
84
  • Olivette, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,830
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  • Nixa, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,520
  • Nixa Missouri is tucked deep in the Ozarks. It's a beautiful place to live with lots of exciting things to do and see. If you're thinking of moving to Nixa, you'll have a gorgeous new place to call home.
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  • Maryland Heights, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,359
  • Living in Maryland Heights is great for several reasons including being accessible to St. Louis, the low cost of living and the cultural activities offered throughout the city. I also love how diverse
82
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,717
  • I relocated to Chesterfield last year, and I have to say I am really happy with the city. The school system there is great and the teachers, at least the ones my children have known, have been wonderful.
82
  • Brentwood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,030
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  • Smithville, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,069
81
  • Richmond Heights, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,486
81
  • Parkville, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,124
81
  • St. Charles, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 68,341
  • I went to saint Charles Missouri with my entire family two years ago and to be honest I didn't think I would have a very good time but I was soon proved to be completely wrong. There were many things to
81
  • Gladstone, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 26,562
  • I am currently living in Gladstone, Missouri after having moved here three years ago from KCK. Let me tell you, I love it here! As a single mom with three kids I was worried I couldn't find affordable
80
  • Clayton, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,034
  • I have lived in Clayton all of my life and am proud to call it home! Clayton is a suburb of St. Louis, meaning there is always something to do here, there's great opportunities and there is never a dull
80
  • Raymore, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,107
  • I've always been drawn to slower paced towns, while still desiring the modern conveniences of today. That's probably why I've been living in Raymore, Missouri for the past 11 years. The biggest thing in
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  • Battlefield, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,920
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  • Florissant, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 52,218
  • I have lived in Florissant, Missouri for five years and counting now. Coming from a really small town, I had no idea of how I would suggest to this city of 50,000 people. Even though many people would
80
  • Pleasant Hill, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,272
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  • Valley Park, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,956
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  • Dardenne Prairie, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,692
  • Living in Dardenne Prairie, MO can be unique and interesting. Cost of living is absurdly high but what you get in return is also incredibly high. A high price to live in a great community. Employment
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  • Webb City, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,052
  • I have experienced a great sense of community while living in Webb City. This is a city that truly welcomes you with open arms. The community is extremely unified. The schools are ok and leave a positive
78
  • Grain Valley, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,273
  • I have lived in Grain Valley, Missouri for all of my life and I can't think of a better place on earth to call home! It's full of small time charm that you expect to find in America's Heartland, with
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  • Hazelwood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,604
  • Up until a couple of months ago I was living in Hazelwood Missouri. I cannot tell you how glad I am to have left that boring city. If you are thinking about moving there, I strongly recommend you don’t,
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  • Affton, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,060
  • When I moved here, I didn't realize it was surrounded by cemeteries, which kind of creeps me out. I'm currently living in Affton, MO, and am surrounded by St. Paul Cemetery, Sunset Burial Park, Park Lawn
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  • Carl Junction, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,634
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  • Greenwood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,474
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  • Jackson, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,641
  • I enjoy the sweet city of Jackson, Missouri. This is a great city to experience the beauty and the great community that the Midwest has to offer. It is a great place to be and experience the state of
76
  • Ozark, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,867
  • Ozark Missouri is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever lived in. Rolling green hills, sparkling waters, and historic homes are just some of the eye candy you'll find there. Ozark also has some of
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  • Maplewood, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,948
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  • Willard, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,447
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  • Arnold, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,196
  • I had my car parked in the drive way yes the plates were expired. It is now July back in February a cop knocked on the door asked if I could put this orange sticker on my car on a day that it wasn't
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  • Weldon Spring, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,545
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  • Trenton, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,946
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  • Maryville, MO
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,957
  • I've been living in Maryville Missouri for 4 years with my wife and seven kids and we have enjoyed this small town with a lot of culture and class with very friendly diverse neighbors who are more like

Missouri: Breathtaking Views

A land of beautiful rivers and stunning green mountains, Missouri is a breathtaking state for anyone to call home. Between small farm and mountain towns and bustling urban centers, there are more than a few best places to live in Missouri for anyone relocating there. If you're looking to move to a state with straightforward, down-to-earth people, you're probably going to love living in the Show Me State.

Missouri is located in the Midwest region of the United States and is bordered by an impressive number of other states: Iowa, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Nebraska. Long a significant part of the state's history, the Mississippi River runs the length of the state's eastern border. A very geographically diverse state, Missouri has everything from river bluffs to flat farmland to the hilly Ozarks in the southern part of the state. With typical fast-changing Midwest weather, Missouri generally has cold winters and hot, humid summers.

The largest city proper in Missouri is Kansas City in the west, although St. Louis in the east boasts the largest metropolitan area. Springfield, Independence and Columbia, where the main campus of the University of Missouri is located, are also major cities, and the state's capital is Jefferson City. As an added bonus for anyone looking to relocate to the state, the cost of living in Missouri, even in large metropolitan areas, is substantially lower than the national average. Missourians are friendly and will welcome you into their communities as their new neighbor in typical Midwestern fashion.

Perhaps the most defining landmark in Missouri that people associate with the state is the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Built as a monument to westward expansion, it attracts millions of visitors every year. Other neat attractions include the free and nationally-acclaimed St. Louis Zoo, the vacation and entertainment-focused Ozark town of Branson, famous writer Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, or Kansas City's famous shopping center, Country Club Plaza. The Ozarks are known for their stunning beauty and breadth of outdoor activities they offer, including water sports, hiking, fishing, camping and more. Missouri is a state steeped in history, from the French fur traders who first settled the towns along the Mississippi River to Civil War sites, and there's always something new to discover.

Culturally, Missouri mixes Midwestern and Southern culture almost seamlessly. Both beer brewing and barbecue are big in the state, and it's known for being the origin and home of Anheuser-Busch and Kansas City-style barbecue. Missouri has several major sports teams with loyal, devoted fan bases, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals. Missouri is also known for its music and was an important early venue for blues, jazz, country and bluegrass. Ozark culture is distinctive and resilient and there is nothing like it anywhere else in the country.

With many different options to help you find the best places to live in Missouri, we've helped by giving you a head start: these are the best places to live in Missouri based on our scores. You can limit your search by things like population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) matter most to you.