These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Missouri

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Missouri. And here they are:

  1. Ladue
  2. Glendale
  3. Town And Country
  4. Des Peres
  5. Wildwood
  6. Weldon Spring
  7. Sunset Hills
  8. Chesterfield
  9. Manchester
  10. Creve Coeur

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Missouri

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

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Population: 8,549Median Income: $179,464
Poverty Level: 2.4%
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%

2. Glendale

Glendale, Missouri

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Population: 5,926Median Income: $113,565
Poverty Level: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%

3. Town And Country


Population 2014: 10,890 Median Income: $162,500
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%

4. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

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Population: 8,443Median Income: $116,173
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

5. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,701Median Income: $123,578
Poverty Level: 3.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%

6. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, Missouri

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Population: 5,496Median Income: $96,402
Poverty Level: 5.3%
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%

7. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, Missouri

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Population: 8,523Median Income: $100,682
Poverty Level: 5.1%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

8. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,651Median Income: $94,263
Poverty Level: 5.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

9. Manchester

Manchester, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,125Median Income: $81,489
Poverty Level: 6.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%

10. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,841Median Income: $92,033
Poverty Level: 6.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Ladue and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Missouri

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Ladue $179,464 2.4% 3.0%
2 Glendale $113,565 0.0% 2.0%
3 Town and Country $162,500 2.7% 2.9%
4 Des Peres $116,173 3.5% 4.1%
5 Wildwood $123,578 3.8% 4.1%
6 Weldon Spring $96,402 5.3% 0.5%
7 Sunset Hills $100,682 5.1% 3.5%
8 Chesterfield $94,263 5.0% 4.7%
9 Manchester $81,489 6.2% 3.3%
10 Creve Coeur $92,033 6.3% 3.5%
11 Dardenne Prairie $112,663 2.0% 6.0%
12 Webster Groves $86,205 5.5% 4.4%
13 Kirkwood $77,420 6.2% 3.2%
14 Wentzville $72,095 3.7% 4.6%
15 Ellisville $75,054 3.4% 5.2%
16 O’Fallon $78,634 4.5% 5.0%
17 Battlefield $63,494 3.5% 4.3%
18 Ballwin $82,685 4.4% 5.2%
19 Brentwood $73,358 7.1% 3.1%
20 Raymore $72,380 3.6% 5.1%
21 Smithville $73,114 6.1% 4.3%
22 Kearney $73,622 5.1% 5.1%
23 Clayton $95,500 8.2% 5.0%
24 Lee’s Summit $78,186 5.7% 5.4%
25 Parkville $113,652 10.3% 4.6%
26 St. Peters $69,854 3.3% 6.4%
27 Richmond Heights $65,728 8.2% 3.8%
28 Eureka $82,596 5.6% 6.6%
29 Greenwood $71,779 8.0% 5.5%
30 Crestwood $66,842 4.0% 7.1%
31 Olivette $71,573 5.2% 6.8%
32 Lake St. Louis $71,462 6.2% 6.5%
33 Valley Park $57,252 7.7% 5.6%
34 Blue Springs $63,850 8.3% 6.2%
35 Grain Valley $57,168 9.1% 5.6%
36 Washington $49,627 10.2% 5.1%
37 Carl Junction $55,585 11.4% 5.4%
38 Jackson $48,471 8.9% 6.0%
39 Shrewsbury $54,307 11.4% 5.7%
40 Maryland Heights $58,744 9.3% 7.3%
41 Oak Grove $50,325 7.9% 7.0%
42 Republic $51,755 10.6% 6.3%
43 St. Charles $56,622 10.3% 7.2%
44 Arnold $56,329 7.3% 8.4%
45 Pleasant Hill $55,868 11.8% 6.8%
46 Liberty $65,106 9.0% 8.8%
47 Perryville $41,433 14.9% 4.3%
48 Raytown $49,442 11.4% 6.8%
49 Nixa $49,364 11.6% 6.4%
50 Odessa $57,614 11.4% 7.8%
51 Ozark $47,046 12.2% 6.0%
52 Jefferson City $47,901 16.1% 5.4%
53 Excelsior Springs $51,634 16.2% 6.6%
54 Florissant $51,415 7.6% 9.2%
55 Willard $45,512 10.1% 7.6%
56 Gladstone $52,783 12.0% 8.1%
57 Troy $50,906 15.1% 7.2%
58 Chillicothe $39,054 17.2% 4.4%
59 Overland $45,246 15.7% 7.3%
60 Belton $53,316 11.7% 10.2%
61 University City $53,667 17.6% 8.6%
62 Savannah $38,914 11.6% 7.4%
63 St. John $38,937 8.2% 9.0%
64 Waynesville $54,857 9.6% 18.4%
65 Neosho $35,276 17.2% 5.5%
66 Columbia $43,776 29.2% 5.3%
67 Trenton $33,989 22.5% 4.3%
68 Union $42,315 9.6% 10.5%
69 Festus $45,752 12.4% 10.2%
70 Independence $44,038 16.2% 9.0%
71 Pacific $41,054 15.0% 9.0%
72 Bowling Green $28,531 18.1% 5.1%
73 Kansas City $45,376 17.6% 9.1%
74 Black Jack $52,472 12.9% 17.7%
75 Grandview $41,559 15.6% 10.0%
76 Marshall $36,420 18.8% 6.9%
77 Webb City $37,854 17.6% 7.9%
78 St. Joseph $42,042 18.2% 9.0%
79 Hazelwood $44,855 13.7% 11.1%
80 Mexico $40,788 15.8% 9.7%
81 Farmington $40,321 16.8% 9.3%
82 Harrisonville $44,000 16.4% 11.4%
83 Warrensburg $41,683 32.0% 7.1%
84 Joplin $37,899 18.3% 8.9%
85 Sikeston $37,076 16.9% 9.3%
86 Hannibal $37,309 20.1% 7.8%
87 St. Ann $37,617 13.5% 10.8%
88 Warrenton $45,963 19.8% 10.4%
89 Bridgeton $44,822 18.3% 11.0%
90 Cape Girardeau $40,077 25.6% 8.5%
91 Nevada $30,043 25.4% 6.5%
92 Boonville $34,375 20.1% 8.2%
93 Richmond $37,828 23.7% 8.8%
94 Fulton $40,274 22.4% 9.9%
95 Marshfield $36,828 17.7% 10.4%
96 Sedalia $31,553 23.8% 7.2%
97 Pevely $41,087 21.1% 10.7%
98 Clinton $34,428 22.2% 8.9%
99 Bellefontaine Neighbors $36,823 17.0% 11.7%
100 Moberly $33,942 24.7% 8.3%