These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Missouri To Get A Job

These places in the Show Me State just got promoted to CEO.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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If you’re starting to look for a job in Missouri, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Jefferson City would be an excellent place to find a job. And while the capital does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Missouri to find a job.

After analyzing all 20 plus places in Missouri, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Show Me State:

  1. Columbia
  2. Springfield
  3. Wildwood
  4. Sedalia
  5. Chesterfield
  6. Ballwin
  7. Kirkwood
  8. O’Fallon
  9. Joplin
  10. Wentzville

So listen up Raytown as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Show Me State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Missouri. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 20 places in Missouri to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 20, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Missouri”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 109,008Unemployment Rate: 3.80%
Recent Job Growth: 1.61%
Future Job Growth: 39.40%

2. Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 160,246Unemployment Rate: 5.00%
Recent Job Growth: 1.60%
Future Job Growth: 38.20%

3. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,388Unemployment Rate: 4.10%
Recent Job Growth: -0.26%
Future Job Growth: 35.40%

4. Sedalia

Sedalia, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,340Unemployment Rate: 5.30%
Recent Job Growth: 1.52%
Future Job Growth: 37.70%

5. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,471Unemployment Rate: 4.10%
Recent Job Growth: -0.26%
Future Job Growth: 35.40%

6. Ballwin

Ballwin, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,446Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: -0.25%
Future Job Growth: 35.10%

7. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,494Unemployment Rate: 4.40%
Recent Job Growth: -0.26%
Future Job Growth: 35.10%

8. O’Fallon

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 79,073Unemployment Rate: 4.50%
Recent Job Growth: -0.25%
Future Job Growth: 35.00%

9. Joplin

Joplin, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,924Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Recent Job Growth: -0.14%
Future Job Growth: 34.50%

10. Wentzville

Wentzville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,879Unemployment Rate: 5.20%
Recent Job Growth: -0.26%
Future Job Growth: 34.30%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Missouri For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Columbia 1 109,008 3.80% 1.61% 39.40%
Springfield 2 160,246 5.00% 1.60% 38.20%
Wildwood 3 35,388 4.10% -0.26% 35.40%
Sedalia 4 21,340 5.30% 1.52% 37.70%
Chesterfield 5 47,471 4.10% -0.26% 35.40%
Ballwin 6 30,446 4.40% -0.25% 35.10%
Kirkwood 7 27,494 4.40% -0.26% 35.10%
O’Fallon 8 79,073 4.50% -0.25% 35.00%
Joplin 9 49,924 5.20% -0.14% 34.50%
Wentzville 10 28,879 5.20% -0.26% 34.30%
Liberty 11 29,252 4.90% -0.32% 34.50%
Belton 12 23,182 5.70% -0.32% 33.70%
Ferguson 13 21,205 6.10% -0.26% 33.40%
Gladstone 14 25,635 5.80% -0.32% 33.60%
Hazelwood 15 25,678 6.50% -0.26% 33.00%
Arnold 16 20,859 6.50% -0.26% 33.00%
Independence 17 116,513 6.40% -0.32% 33.00%
Grandview 18 24,491 6.60% -0.31% 32.80%
Florissant 19 52,273 6.80% -0.26% 32.70%
Raytown 20 29,486 7.40% -0.32% 32.00%

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