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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago
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We’re on a mission at Zippia to criss-cross the country looking for the best and worst places for jobs.

Today, we set our sites on the worst cities to find a job in Missouri after looking at the best places in Missouri a short while ago.

These cities did not have the grit needed to make it to the big leagues and get that big promotion we all hope to get.

After looking at the data for the 100 biggest cities in Missouri, the ten worst cities to find a job in the Show Me State are:

  1. Kaw Township
  2. St. Louis
  3. Blue Township
  4. Raytown
  5. Washington Township Jackson
  6. Brooking Township
  7. Kansas City
  8. Cape Girardeau
  9. Grandview
  10. Cape Girardeau Township

Read on to see how we did it.

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

After getting the data for every place in Missouri, we ultimately decided to limit our analysis to the biggest places with over 5,000 people.

That left us with 100 cities.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 100, with 1 being the worst in any given category.

Finally, we took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score gaining the title “Worst City In Missouri To Find A Job”.

The criteria we looked at were:




1. Kaw Township

Kaw Township - Jobs Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 170,718 Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.40%

2. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 318,527Recent Job Growth: -0.26%
Future Job Growth: 31.30%

3. Blue Township

Blue Township - Jobs Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 157,493 Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.40%

4. Raytown

Raytown, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,486Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.00%

5. Washington Township Jackson

Washington Township Jackson - Jobs Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 72,592 Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.40%

6. Brooking Township

Brooking Township - Jobs Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 77,206 Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.40%

7. Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 459,772Recent Job Growth: -0.32%
Future Job Growth: 32.70%

8. Cape Girardeau

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,982Recent Job Growth: -1.93%
Future Job Growth: 30.50%

9. Grandview

Grandview, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,491Recent Job Growth: -0.31%
Future Job Growth: 32.80%

10. Cape Girardeau Township

Cape Girardeau Township - Jobs Missouri

Source: Google Maps

Population: 40,347 Recent Job Growth: -1.94%
Future Job Growth: 30.60%

Wrapping It Up With Friday Night Drinks

After crunching all the numbers, Kaw Township took the “top” spot as the worst city in Missouri for a job.

So while the economy continues to improve and jobs become available across the state of Missouri, these cities lag behind.

Hopefully they can catch up before they miss their next bonus.

Detailed List Of Worst Places In Missouri To Get A Job

City Rank Population Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
kaw township 1 170,718 -0.32% 32.40%
st. louis 2 318,527 -0.26% 31.30%
blue township 3 157,493 -0.32% 32.40%
raytown 4 29,486 -0.32% 32.00%
washington township jackson 5 72,592 -0.32% 32.40%
brooking township 6 77,206 -0.32% 32.40%
kansas city 7 459,772 -0.32% 32.70%
cape girardeau 8 37,982 -1.93% 30.50%
grandview 9 24,491 -0.31% 32.80%
cape girardeau township 10 40,347 -1.94% 30.60%
independence 11 116,513 -0.32% 33.00%
sni-a-bar township jackson 12 81,412 -0.32% 32.40%
florissant 13 52,273 -0.26% 32.70%
hazelwood 14 25,678 -0.26% 33.00%
prairie township jackson 15 98,466 -0.32% 32.40%
washington township buchanan 16 78,302 -1.56% 31.80%
rock township 17 32,359 -0.26% 33.00%
airport township 18 37,226 -0.26% 33.40%
st. joseph 19 76,729 -1.56% 31.80%
arnold 20 20,859 -0.26% 33.00%
windsor township jefferson 21 21,885 -0.26% 33.00%
arnold township 22 20,859 -0.26% 33.00%
jefferson township cole 23 55,156 -1.57% 32.00%
jefferson city 24 42,983 -1.57% 32.20%
imperial township 25 24,863 -0.26% 33.00%
tesson ferry township 26 39,117 -0.26% 33.40%
spanish lake township 27 36,449 -0.26% 33.40%
norwood township 28 33,900 -0.26% 33.40%
midland township 29 34,843 -0.26% 33.40%
lewis and clark township 30 37,617 -0.26% 33.40%
university township 31 35,076 -0.26% 33.40%
normandy township 32 31,708 -0.26% 33.40%
queeny township 33 37,868 -0.26% 33.40%
st. ferdinand township 34 33,788 -0.26% 33.40%
maryland heights township 35 37,545 -0.26% 33.40%
gladstone 36 25,635 -0.32% 33.60%
lemay township 37 34,800 -0.26% 33.40%
hadley township 38 34,825 -0.26% 33.40%
belton 39 23,182 -0.32% 33.70%
creve coeur township 40 37,409 -0.26% 33.40%
concord township st. louis 41 35,524 -0.26% 33.40%
spanish lake 42 20,313 -0.26% 33.40%
ferguson township 43 34,182 -0.26% 33.40%
gallatin township 44 67,997 -0.32% 34.20%
chesterfield township 45 38,636 -0.26% 33.40%
mount pleasant township cass 46 20,458 -0.32% 33.70%
ferguson 47 21,205 -0.26% 33.40%
meramec township st. louis 48 37,857 -0.26% 33.40%
florissant township 49 34,804 -0.26% 33.40%
gravois township 50 34,892 -0.26% 33.40%
oakville township 51 36,809 -0.26% 33.40%
raymore township 52 26,868 -0.32% 33.70%
mehlville 53 28,615 -0.26% 33.40%
clayton township 54 36,394 -0.26% 33.40%
jefferson township st. louis 55 35,804 -0.26% 33.40%
oakville 56 36,148 -0.26% 33.40%
northwest township 57 31,166 -0.26% 33.40%
bonhomme township 58 35,753 -0.26% 33.40%
st. francois twp st. francois 59 29,835 1.63% 36.50%
chouteau township 60 51,234 -0.32% 34.20%
liberty township clay 61 56,954 -0.32% 34.20%
may township 62 22,986 -0.32% 34.40%
blue springs 63 52,401 -0.32% 34.30%
lafayette township st. louis 64 34,231 -0.26% 33.40%
university city 65 35,397 -0.26% 33.90%
missouri river township 66 34,295 -0.26% 33.40%
sedalia township 67 25,844 1.52% 37.70%
sedalia 68 21,340 1.52% 37.70%
joplin 69 49,924 -0.14% 34.50%
cullen township 70 38,518 2.35% 38.00%
poplar bluff township 71 26,765 2.01% 38.40%
webster groves 72 22,974 -0.26% 33.40%
liberty 73 29,252 -0.32% 34.50%
galena township 74 26,868 -0.14% 34.60%
joplin township 75 41,686 -0.14% 34.60%
frontier township 76 24,931 -0.26% 34.30%
springfield 77 160,246 1.60% 38.20%
o’fallon township 78 26,943 -0.26% 34.30%
wentzville township 79 40,314 -0.26% 34.30%
lee’s summit 80 90,544 -0.32% 34.70%
rivers township 81 22,597 -0.26% 34.30%
springfield township greene 82 160,246 1.60% 38.50%
wentzville 83 28,879 -0.26% 34.30%
lindenwood township 84 22,063 -0.26% 34.30%
boone township st. charles 85 42,239 -0.26% 34.30%
st. charles 86 65,927 -0.26% 34.40%
maryland heights 87 27,418 -0.26% 34.50%
zumbehl township 88 20,531 -0.26% 34.30%
columbia township 89 62,692 1.61% 39.30%
dardenne township 90 26,587 -0.26% 34.30%
warrensburg township 91 22,377 3.51% 42.20%
cottleville township 92 23,661 -0.26% 34.30%
columbia 93 109,008 1.61% 39.40%
st. peters 94 53,190 -0.26% 34.60%
missouri township 95 58,742 1.61% 39.30%
kirkwood 96 27,494 -0.26% 35.10%
o’fallon 97 79,073 -0.25% 35.00%
ballwin 98 30,446 -0.25% 35.10%
chesterfield 99 47,471 -0.26% 35.40%
wildwood 100 35,388 -0.26% 35.40%