Best places to live in Missouri

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Best places to live in Missouri

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Missouri using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Glendale
- Population: 5,891
- Median home value: $414,800 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,407 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $140,184
- Top public schools: Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Nipher Middle School (A+), North Glendale Elementary School (A)

#9. Kirkwood
- Population: 27,708
- Median home value: $315,000 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,074 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $90,730
- Top public schools: Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Nipher Middle School (A+), North Kirkwood Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. John Vianney High School (A), Christ Community Lutheran School - Woodbine Campus, St. Peter Catholic School

#8. Creve Coeur
- Population: 18,538
- Median home value: $402,300 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,244 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $96,319
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Parkway West High School (A+), Parkway Central High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Saint Louis Priory School (A+), Whitfield School (A+), Chaminade College Preparatory School (A+)

#7. Frontenac
- Population: 3,513
- Median home value: $694,300 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,707 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $217,768
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Ladue Fifth Center (A+)
- Top private schools: Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (A+)

#6. Ballwin
- Population: 30,252
- Median home value: $261,900 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,138 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $98,750
- Top public schools: Parkway West High School (A+), Marquette Senior High School (A+), Crestview Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Holy Infant Elementary School, La Petite Academy of Ballwin, Primrose School of Ballwin

#5. Olivette
- Population: 7,849
- Median home value: $338,100 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,133 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $86,250
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Ladue Fifth Center (A+), Old Bonhomme Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Immanuel Lutheran School (A)

#4. Brentwood
- Population: 8,005
- Median home value: $228,800 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,239 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $81,069
- Top public schools: Mark Twain Elementary School (A), Brentwood Middle School (A), Steger Sixth Center (A)
- Top private schools: St. Mary Magdalen School

#3. Chesterfield
- Population: 47,605
- Median home value: $379,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,200 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $113,315
- Top public schools: Lafayette High School (A+), Parkway West High School (A+), Parkway Central High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Barat Academy (A), Missouri Torah Institute (A), Incarnate Word Parish School

#2. Clayton
- Population: 16,588
- Median home value: $633,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,249 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $107,596
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Clayton High School (A+), Wydown Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Central Christian School (A+), The Wilson School (A+), The St. Michael School of Clayton

#1. Richmond Heights
- Population: 8,500
- Median home value: $253,700 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,035 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $82,261
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Clayton High School (A+), Wydown Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Immacolata Elementary School

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Best places to live in Missouri

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Missouri using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Glendale
- Population: 5,891
- Median home value: $414,800 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,407 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $140,184
- Top public schools: Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Nipher Middle School (A+), North Glendale Elementary School (A)

#9. Kirkwood
- Population: 27,708
- Median home value: $315,000 (75% own)
- Median rent: $1,074 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $90,730
- Top public schools: Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Nipher Middle School (A+), North Kirkwood Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. John Vianney High School (A), Christ Community Lutheran School - Woodbine Campus, St. Peter Catholic School

#8. Creve Coeur
- Population: 18,538
- Median home value: $402,300 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,244 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $96,319
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Parkway West High School (A+), Parkway Central High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Saint Louis Priory School (A+), Whitfield School (A+), Chaminade College Preparatory School (A+)

#7. Frontenac
- Population: 3,513
- Median home value: $694,300 (96% own)
- Median rent: $1,707 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $217,768
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Kirkwood Senior High School (A+), Ladue Fifth Center (A+)
- Top private schools: Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (A+)

#6. Ballwin
- Population: 30,252
- Median home value: $261,900 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,138 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $98,750
- Top public schools: Parkway West High School (A+), Marquette Senior High School (A+), Crestview Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Holy Infant Elementary School, La Petite Academy of Ballwin, Primrose School of Ballwin

#5. Olivette
- Population: 7,849
- Median home value: $338,100 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,133 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $86,250
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Ladue Fifth Center (A+), Old Bonhomme Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: Immanuel Lutheran School (A)

#4. Brentwood
- Population: 8,005
- Median home value: $228,800 (64% own)
- Median rent: $1,239 (36% rent)
- Median household income: $81,069
- Top public schools: Mark Twain Elementary School (A), Brentwood Middle School (A), Steger Sixth Center (A)
- Top private schools: St. Mary Magdalen School

#3. Chesterfield
- Population: 47,605
- Median home value: $379,800 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,200 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $113,315
- Top public schools: Lafayette High School (A+), Parkway West High School (A+), Parkway Central High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Barat Academy (A), Missouri Torah Institute (A), Incarnate Word Parish School

#2. Clayton
- Population: 16,588
- Median home value: $633,400 (59% own)
- Median rent: $1,249 (41% rent)
- Median household income: $107,596
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Clayton High School (A+), Wydown Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Central Christian School (A+), The Wilson School (A+), The St. Michael School of Clayton

#1. Richmond Heights
- Population: 8,500
- Median home value: $253,700 (56% own)
- Median rent: $1,035 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $82,261
- Top public schools: Ladue Horton Watkins High School (A+), Clayton High School (A+), Wydown Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Immacolata Elementary School

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