Saint Louis University

Greater St. Louis has a very affordable cost of living, below the U.S. metro average and very low for a metro area of its size. The Cost Of Living Index (COLI) Calculator allows for comparison of the cost of living in Greater St. Louis to almost any of the other metro area in the country. Simply enter a base salary for any other metro and the calculator will determine how much you'd need to earn for a comparable standard of living in Greater St. Louis. It will also produce a detailed report with the dollar costs of groceries, utilities, housing, transportation, health care, and other miscellaneous expenses in any metro, Greater St. Louis, and the U.S. average.

Cost of Living - Top 20 Metropolitan Areas
Metro Area
Index
St. Louis, MO-IL
90.0
Dallas, TX
91.9
Houston, TX
91.9
Tampa, FL
92.2
Atlanta, GA
96.0
Detroit, MI
98.2
Phoenix, AZ
99.6
U.S. Metro Average
100.0
Miami, FL
105.2
Minneapolis, MN
110.3
Riverside City, CA
112.3
Chicago, IL
116.8
Baltimore, MD
119.3
Seattle, WA
120.2
Philadelphia, PA
125.0
Boston, MA
131.1
San Diego, CA
131.6
Los Angeles, CA
133.3
Washington, DC
139.7
San Francisco, CA
162.5
New York
209.7




Source: "ACCRA Cost of Living Index, Second Quarter 2010" Council for Community and Economic Research, August 2010.

Source: St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association