These Are The 10 Cities In Missouri With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Missouri with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Missouri for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Show Me State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Town And Country(Jobs)
  2. Manchester(Jobs)
  3. Kirkwood(Jobs)
  4. Lake St. Louis
  5. Creve Coeur(Jobs)
  6. Grain Valley(Jobs)
  7. Webster Groves(Jobs)
  8. Dardenne Prairie(Jobs)
  9. Wildwood(Jobs)
  10. Raymore(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Town and Country takes the cake as the place in Missouri with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Missouri that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Missouri job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Missouri With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Missouri’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 78 places in Missouri.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 78 with one being the “most employed city in Missouri”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Town And Country

Population: 10,890
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Town and Country comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 2.5 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Manchester

Manchester, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,125
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Manchester doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Kirkwood

Kirkwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,587
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Kirkwood, earning the bronze medal with a score of 2.8 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Lake St. Louis

Lake St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,759
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Lake St. Louis. With a population of 14759 residents, Lake St. Louis is a solid place to move in Missouri if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,841
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Creve Coeur. Numbering around 17841 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 3.2%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Grain Valley

Population: 13,037
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
The city of Grain Valley is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Webster Groves

Webster Groves, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,084
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Webster Groves. With a unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Dardenne Prairie

Population: 12,116
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Coming in at #8, Dardenne Prairie has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Missouri’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,701
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Wildwood, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Raymore

Raymore, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 19,576
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Raymore, Missouri. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 78.

Raymore’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Missouri

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Missouri with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Jennings
  2. St. Louis
  3. Bolivar

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Missouri

City Rank Unemployment
Town And Country 1 2.5%
Manchester 2 2.7%
Kirkwood 3 2.8%
Lake St. Louis 4 3.1%
Creve Coeur 5 3.2%
Grain Valley 6 3.4%
Webster Groves 7 3.6%
Dardenne Prairie 8 3.6%
Wildwood 9 3.7%
Raymore 10 3.8%
Wentzville 11 3.9%
Neosho 12 4.1%
O’Fallon 13 4.2%
Lee’S Summit 14 4.5%
Marshall 15 4.6%
Ballwin 16 4.6%
Eureka 17 4.7%
Chesterfield 18 4.8%
Columbia 19 4.8%
Clayton 20 4.9%
Troy 21 5.0%
Jefferson City 22 5.1%
Nixa 23 5.4%
St. Peters 24 5.5%
Washington 25 5.7%
Excelsior Springs 26 5.7%
Crestwood 27 5.9%
Blue Springs 28 5.9%
Jackson 29 6.0%
St. Charles 30 6.0%
Maryland Heights 31 6.2%
Republic 32 6.3%
Webb City 33 6.5%
Raytown 34 6.5%
Farmington 35 6.6%
Carthage 36 6.7%
Rolla 37 6.7%
Branson 38 6.8%
Cameron 39 7.2%
Cape Girardeau 40 7.3%
West Plains 41 7.4%
Joplin 42 7.5%
Gladstone 43 7.6%
St. Joseph 44 7.7%
Overland 45 7.7%
Warrensburg 46 7.7%
Florissant 47 7.8%
Liberty 48 7.9%
Kansas City 49 7.9%
Sedalia 50 8.0%
University City 51 8.0%
Springfield 52 8.2%
Ozark 53 8.3%
Union 54 8.4%
Independence 55 8.4%
Sikeston 56 8.5%
Hannibal 57 8.6%
Moberly 58 8.6%
Arnold 59 8.6%
Fulton 60 8.7%
Grandview 61 8.9%
Belton 62 8.9%
Kirksville 63 9.0%
Poplar Bluff 64 9.3%
Maryville 65 9.4%
Kennett 66 9.6%
Festus 67 9.6%
St. Ann 68 9.7%
Lebanon 69 9.9%
Mexico 70 10.0%
Ferguson 71 10.7%
Hazelwood 72 10.8%
Bridgeton 73 11.2%
Harrisonville 74 11.2%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 75 12.0%
Bolivar 76 12.0%
St. Louis 77 12.4%
Jennings 78 23.6%
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