These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Missouri

We used data and science to determine the brainiacs around Missouri.

John McLeanby John McLeanRankings - 2 years ago

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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Missouri that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine how intelligent a town really is?

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it is a smart cookie.

We set upon the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school dropouts (aged 16-20) for the 128 largest cities in Missouri with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Show Me State:

  1. Glendale
  2. Des Peres
  3. Dardenne Prairie
  4. Lake St. Louis
  5. Chesterfield
  6. Town And Country
  7. Sunset Hills
  8. Webster Groves
  9. Brentwood
  10. Wildwood

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Show Me State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Missouri, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 128 places in Missouri.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 128 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Missouri”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, 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.

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1. Glendale

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,926
Adults Without High School Diploma: 0.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Glendale graduated early and at the top of the class. It’s taken the diploma as the smartest city in the state of Missouri with almost no high school dropouts and none of the population lacking a high school diploma.

Wow!

2. Des Peres

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,443
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The residents of Des Peres obviously have the keys to success in their pocket as they take the #2 spot on our list. At a population of around 8,443 and so few high school dropouts this town is on the path to success in the classroom.

3. Dardenne Prairie

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,116
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Our bronze finisher is the town of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri. WIth a population of over 12,00 residents and almost no kids dropping out of high school it’s no wonder this town made our list.

The IQs here are off the charts

4. Lake St. Louis

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,759
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.8%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The town of Lake St. Louis is coming in at #4 with some pretty great numbers. An ultra low high school dropout rate and just over 1.8% lacking a high school diploma earns them a high rank on our list.

5. Chesterfield

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 47,651
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The largest city to make our list, Chesterfield is dispelling the myth that big cities have poor educational systems. With over 47,000 residents this metro area is booming with so few high school dropouts and only 2.3% of the population lacking a high school diploma.

6. Town And Country

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,890
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.3%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Aside from having a cool name the city of Town and Country is also pretty clever at #6. With no high school dropouts and just over 2% of the population lacking a high school diploma this little town is doing big things.

7. Sunset Hills

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,523
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.4%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The coveted #7 spot has fallen to the residents in Sunset Hills. Numbering around 8,523 people this city is doing it big with only 2.4% of the population missing a high school diploma.

8. Webster Groves

Smartest Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,084
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

The residents in Webster Groves might have a secret stash of Webster’s Dictionaries around as they rank in at #8. With so few high school dropouts and only 2.5% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they are studying hard every night.

9. Brentwood

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,048
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.5%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 0.0%

Taking the #9 spot Brentwood is putting the myth of small town stupidity to rest as they have almost no high school dropouts to be found.

Smart cookies.

10. Wildwood

Smartest Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 35,701
Adults Without High School Diploma: 2.0%
Teenage High School Dropouts: 1.4%

Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Wildwood, MO. With only 1.4% of the high school population not making it to graduation and 2% of the adult population lacking a high school diploma they have earned their spot on the list.

And that’s how you graduate in style

There you have it folks, the Ten Smartest cities in the state Missouri. They have the numbers to back it up so go ahead and visit them to soak up some of the smarts around town. If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit www.zippia.com to have all of your questions answered.

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Missouri

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Glendale 1 5,926 0.0% 0.0%
Des Peres 2 8,443 1.5% 0.0%
Dardenne Prairie 3 12,116 1.8% 0.0%
Lake St. Louis 4 14,759 1.8% 0.0%
Chesterfield 5 47,651 2.3% 0.0%
Town and Country 6 10,890 2.3% 0.0%
Sunset Hills 7 8,523 2.4% 0.0%
Webster Groves 8 23,084 2.5% 0.0%
Brentwood 9 8,048 2.5% 0.0%
Wildwood 10 35,701 2.0% 1.4%
Ballwin 11 30,478 3.0% 0.0%
Ladue 12 8,549 0.8% 1.9%
Kearney 13 8,845 3.3% 0.0%
Greenwood 14 5,322 3.4% 0.0%
Waynesville 15 5,147 3.6% 0.0%
Parkville 16 5,811 3.7% 0.0%
Weldon Spring 17 5,496 3.8% 0.0%
Raymore 18 19,576 4.0% 0.0%
Manchester 19 18,125 2.7% 1.8%
Crestwood 20 11,934 5.4% 0.0%
Battlefield 21 5,759 5.6% 0.0%
Wentzville 22 31,591 5.5% 0.8%
Kirkwood 23 27,587 2.9% 1.9%
Maryville 24 12,018 6.1% 0.3%
Olivette 25 7,809 6.5% 0.0%
St. Peters 26 54,236 6.5% 0.0%
Carl Junction 27 7,511 6.7% 0.0%
Columbia 28 113,155 6.4% 0.9%
Eureka 29 10,375 6.9% 0.0%
Grain Valley 30 13,037 7.2% 0.0%
Clayton 31 15,912 3.1% 3.1%
Ellisville 32 9,162 4.9% 2.4%
Richmond Heights 33 8,526 3.2% 3.3%
Maryland Heights 34 27,420 8.0% 0.0%
Lee’s Summit 35 92,813 3.6% 3.2%
Odessa 36 5,237 8.2% 0.0%
Hazelwood 37 25,671 8.6% 0.0%
Nixa 38 19,821 6.1% 2.4%
O’Fallon 39 81,978 5.6% 3.0%
Willard 40 5,395 9.4% 0.0%
Smithville 41 8,791 6.7% 2.6%
Creve Coeur 42 17,841 2.7% 5.8%
Warrensburg 43 19,548 6.4% 3.4%
Union 44 10,517 9.9% 0.9%
Washington 45 13,982 9.7% 1.6%
Pleasant Hill 46 8,173 9.1% 2.2%
Jefferson City 47 43,184 9.6% 1.9%
Blue Springs 48 53,053 5.9% 4.9%
Oak Grove 49 7,747 12.2% 0.0%
Republic 50 15,222 6.0% 5.5%
Pacific 51 6,047 12.4% 0.0%
Bolivar 52 10,443 12.4% 0.0%
Mexico 53 11,555 12.2% 0.9%
Liberty 54 29,806 7.0% 4.5%
Cape Girardeau 55 38,665 11.8% 1.9%
Valley Park 56 6,980 13.1% 0.0%
Shrewsbury 57 6,217 4.9% 7.1%
Ozark 58 18,369 11.5% 2.2%
St. Charles 59 66,900 8.7% 3.7%
St. Ann 60 12,988 13.2% 0.0%
Perryville 61 8,280 13.3% 0.0%
University City 62 35,226 8.1% 4.7%
Jackson 63 14,221 11.6% 2.5%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 64 10,823 13.5% 0.0%
Florissant 65 52,353 7.9% 5.2%
Belton 66 23,197 9.8% 3.6%
Webb City 67 10,985 13.9% 0.7%
Maplewood 68 7,987 7.3% 6.2%
Rolla 69 19,808 11.6% 3.5%
Raytown 70 29,520 8.7% 6.0%
Chillicothe 71 8,528 13.2% 2.2%
Clinton 72 9,014 15.4% 0.0%
Kirksville 73 17,578 13.8% 2.7%
Pevely 74 5,566 16.7% 0.0%
Branson 75 10,942 12.3% 4.2%
West Plains 76 12,176 16.3% 1.4%
Springfield 77 162,333 12.2% 4.9%
Kansas City 78 465,005 12.0% 5.8%
Black Jack 79 6,924 6.8% 9.9%
Gladstone 80 26,032 9.5% 8.1%
Bridgeton 81 11,654 7.9% 9.7%
Troy 82 11,015 10.9% 7.7%
Joplin 83 50,900 12.7% 5.6%
Sikeston 84 16,642 17.1% 2.1%
Arnold 85 21,020 12.3% 6.5%
Sedalia 86 21,429 19.6% 0.8%
Independence 87 117,160 12.7% 6.3%
Festus 88 11,740 11.5% 8.4%
Ferguson 89 21,151 13.1% 6.4%
Marshall 90 13,059 15.0% 4.3%
Moberly 91 13,898 15.2% 4.6%
Grandview 92 24,860 12.9% 7.4%
Richmond 93 5,702 14.5% 5.9%
Savannah 94 5,101 12.0% 9.3%
Nevada 95 8,318 17.2% 3.6%
Harrisonville 96 10,019 11.2% 11.9%
Trenton 97 6,058 14.1% 7.3%
Dellwood 98 5,010 11.9% 11.5%
Marshfield 99 6,789 14.0% 7.9%
St. Joseph 100 77,040 14.1% 7.9%
Boonville 101 8,320 14.3% 8.9%
St. Louis 102 318,727 16.8% 6.8%
Neosho 103 12,038 20.5% 4.1%
Macon 104 5,476 15.4% 8.7%
Overland 105 16,043 14.4% 9.9%
Bowling Green 106 5,452 22.4% 3.7%
Berkeley 107 9,120 15.5% 8.7%
Fulton 108 12,791 18.0% 6.4%
Park Hills 109 8,714 16.7% 8.1%
Sullivan 110 7,058 19.2% 6.4%
Warrenton 111 7,974 18.8% 7.0%
Hannibal 112 17,779 17.6% 7.5%
Excelsior Springs 113 11,391 16.5% 9.1%
St. John 114 6,486 15.0% 12.4%
Charleston 115 5,905 23.4% 5.3%
Jennings 116 14,730 20.4% 7.5%
Monett 117 8,935 22.7% 7.3%
Farmington 118 17,213 17.1% 13.0%
Dexter 119 7,902 20.7% 8.9%
Caruthersville 120 6,086 27.6% 7.4%
Lebanon 121 14,595 19.3% 11.0%
Cameron 122 10,008 17.2% 17.6%
De Soto 123 6,449 22.7% 8.8%
Poplar Bluff 124 17,190 21.1% 14.8%
Aurora 125 7,475 23.2% 18.1%
Kennett 126 11,002 29.2% 14.8%
Carthage 127 14,281 30.9% 24.7%
Bonne Terre 128 7,025 29.3% 44.7%

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