These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Missouri

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Missouri have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Missouri places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Ladue, the happiest place in Missouri.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Show Me State”:

  1. Ladue
  2. Glendale
  3. Town And Country
  4. Des Peres
  5. Weldon Spring
  6. Webster Groves
  7. Battlefield
  8. Creve Coeur
  9. Kirkwood
  10. Chesterfield
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Show Me State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 132 places in Missouri with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 132 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Missouri”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Missouri ranked. Our apologies to Sunset Hills which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

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Population: 8,549People Who Own Their Home: 92.2%
Married Adults: 69.0%

2. Glendale

Population: 5,926People Who Own Their Home: 94.3%
Married Adults: 68.2%

3. Town And Country


Population: 10,890 People Who Own Their Home: 89.7%
Married Adults: 66.0%

4. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

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Population: 8,443People Who Own Their Home: 89.5%
Married Adults: 66.8%

5. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, Missouri

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Population: 5,496People Who Own Their Home: 84.8%
Married Adults: 66.4%

6. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,084People Who Own Their Home: 78.4%
Married Adults: 57.9%

7. Battlefield


Population: 5,759 People Who Own Their Home: 81.3%
Married Adults: 61.9%

8. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,841People Who Own Their Home: 66.4%
Married Adults: 58.1%

9. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,587People Who Own Their Home: 72.0%
Married Adults: 55.7%

10. Chesterfield

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Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,651People Who Own Their Home: 72.8%
Married Adults: 61.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Missouri

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Ladue 1 8,549 92.2% 69.0%
Glendale 2 5,926 94.3% 68.2%
Town and Country 3 10,890 89.7% 66.0%
Des Peres 4 8,443 89.5% 66.8%
Weldon Spring 5 5,496 84.8% 66.4%
Webster Groves 6 23,084 78.4% 57.9%
Battlefield 7 5,759 81.3% 61.9%
Creve Coeur 8 17,841 66.4% 58.1%
Kirkwood 9 27,587 72.0% 55.7%
Chesterfield 10 47,651 72.8% 61.7%
Sunset Hills 11 8,523 73.6% 58.5%
Wildwood 12 35,701 86.9% 69.1%
Dardenne Prairie 13 12,116 97.0% 67.9%
Wentzville 14 31,591 80.7% 64.5%
Oakville 15 36,776 83.8% 60.5%
Raymore 16 19,576 78.4% 59.0%
Concord 17 16,645 85.7% 55.2%
Ballwin 18 30,478 77.6% 62.4%
O’Fallon 19 81,978 77.6% 59.3%
Manchester 20 18,125 74.5% 53.4%
Ellisville 21 9,162 79.4% 54.5%
Kearney 22 8,845 66.9% 58.4%
Crestwood 23 11,934 82.6% 54.8%
Smithville 24 8,791 78.7% 61.6%
Lee’s Summit 25 92,813 71.6% 59.2%
Olivette 26 7,809 73.5% 58.8%
Brentwood 27 8,048 57.6% 47.1%
Perryville 28 8,280 59.9% 53.1%
Parkville 29 5,811 66.8% 56.8%
Carl Junction 30 7,511 74.3% 60.5%
Greenwood 31 5,322 87.7% 61.5%
Washington 32 13,982 66.0% 51.6%
Clayton 33 15,912 50.1% 46.8%
Sappington 34 7,342 66.5% 53.7%
Eureka 35 10,375 78.8% 56.1%
Richmond Heights 36 8,526 49.8% 46.2%
Jackson 37 14,221 62.2% 55.3%
Old Jamestown 38 19,745 89.3% 55.2%
Affton 39 21,358 74.7% 50.1%
Blue Springs 40 53,053 65.4% 54.8%
Willard 41 5,395 61.1% 60.3%
Republic 42 15,222 56.5% 59.2%
Grain Valley 43 13,037 59.3% 54.7%
Arnold 44 21,020 71.8% 55.0%
Liberty 45 29,806 70.5% 53.4%
Shrewsbury 46 6,217 58.4% 38.6%
Savannah 47 5,101 56.6% 50.3%
Nixa 48 19,821 59.1% 57.2%
Chillicothe 49 8,528 52.6% 45.6%
Odessa 50 5,237 59.1% 57.4%
Pleasant Hill 51 8,173 64.0% 56.6%
Jefferson City 52 43,184 53.0% 42.8%
Valley Park 53 6,980 57.3% 46.2%
Bowling Green 54 5,452 57.3% 41.9%
Gladstone 55 26,032 63.0% 48.7%
Waynesville 56 5,147 55.7% 50.5%
Ozark 57 18,369 58.8% 57.1%
Fort Leonard Wood 58 17,061 0.3% 31.0%
Florissant 59 52,353 64.6% 46.7%
Barnhart 60 5,746 89.7% 54.7%
Trenton 61 6,058 50.0% 48.5%
Marshall 62 13,059 53.6% 41.2%
Maryland Heights 63 27,420 54.7% 46.7%
Raytown 64 29,520 62.5% 46.1%
Oak Grove 65 7,747 57.0% 52.7%
Sikeston 66 16,642 52.0% 48.5%
Neosho 67 12,038 56.2% 50.4%
Murphy 68 8,418 72.3% 49.5%
Union 69 10,517 59.5% 52.4%
Troy 70 11,015 61.0% 49.8%
Festus 71 11,740 63.4% 46.7%
Mexico 72 11,555 54.3% 48.4%
Mehlville 73 29,413 61.7% 45.4%
Webb City 74 10,985 54.3% 45.2%
Park Hills 75 8,714 46.4% 58.5%
West Plains 76 12,176 45.4% 50.1%
Lemay 77 16,239 66.8% 39.4%
Macon 78 5,476 55.9% 47.6%
Excelsior Springs 79 11,391 59.1% 46.3%
Columbia 80 113,155 44.4% 37.6%
Bridgeton 81 11,654 59.7% 46.4%
Sedalia 82 21,429 50.5% 47.0%
Belton 83 23,197 58.5% 49.9%
Monett 84 8,935 54.7% 54.0%
Clinton 85 9,014 53.1% 45.1%
Hannibal 86 17,779 52.3% 43.1%
Boonville 87 8,320 53.3% 41.2%
Farmington 88 17,213 51.8% 42.2%
Overland 89 16,043 59.3% 39.0%
Dexter 90 7,902 52.5% 46.6%
University City 91 35,226 50.0% 41.1%
Hazelwood 92 25,671 60.0% 39.9%
Aurora 93 7,475 54.5% 56.3%
Cape Girardeau 94 38,665 48.3% 41.0%
Independence 95 117,160 57.9% 45.9%
Joplin 96 50,900 50.4% 44.7%
Richmond 97 5,702 45.7% 45.8%
Kirksville 98 17,578 40.2% 28.6%
Nevada 99 8,318 41.0% 38.4%
Warrensburg 100 19,548 38.4% 35.2%
Pacific 101 6,047 51.1% 45.5%
Black Jack 102 6,924 60.7% 29.7%
Fulton 103 12,791 47.9% 30.3%
Warrenton 104 7,974 62.1% 45.5%
Moberly 105 13,898 50.6% 38.4%
Kennett 106 11,002 49.1% 47.0%
Bolivar 107 10,443 39.5% 42.9%
Rolla 108 19,808 35.1% 34.8%
Marshfield 109 6,789 46.6% 45.0%
Poplar Bluff 110 17,190 41.2% 44.3%
Maryville 111 12,018 35.3% 26.7%
Harrisonville 112 10,019 54.7% 44.4%
Grandview 113 24,860 50.1% 42.5%
Lebanon 114 14,595 47.3% 45.5%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 115 10,823 63.9% 31.1%
Carthage 116 14,281 47.9% 46.2%
Kansas City 117 465,005 47.4% 40.0%
Dellwood 118 5,010 67.1% 36.5%
Pevely 119 5,566 58.0% 40.7%
Springfield 120 162,333 42.6% 37.4%
Branson 121 10,942 20.2% 44.5%
Maplewood 122 7,987 35.9% 32.0%
Caruthersville 123 6,086 43.3% 37.3%
Cameron 124 10,008 41.6% 31.4%
Bonne Terre 125 7,025 49.1% 25.3%
De Soto 126 6,449 48.9% 35.3%
Charleston 127 5,905 54.7% 28.5%
Sullivan 128 7,058 46.2% 41.7%
Ferguson 129 21,151 49.0% 33.5%
Berkeley 130 9,120 44.4% 26.8%
Spanish Lake 131 19,652 42.9% 34.9%
Jennings 132 14,730 45.4% 25.1%

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