Missouri's High Quality of Life

Missouri offers a low cost of living without sacrificing any quality of life. Your hard earned money goes far in the Show-Me State-- in fact, $111 in Missouri is equivalent to $86 in New York, $88 in California, and $99 in our neighboring state of Illinois (Tax Foundation, 2016). From art museums to outdoor adventures and ballgames to breweries and wineries, you can enjoy it all in Missouri without breaking the bank.

The Show-Me State boasts several professional sports teams, 120+ wineries and 55+ breweries, and an abundance of family friendly attractions, fairs and festivals, and art and culture that cannot be replicated. Our city of Branson alone has more than 100 live shows and over 60,000 theater seats—more than New York’s Broadway district. And for the outdoorsy Missourian, one can bike, run, or stroll up and down 1,000+ miles of hiking trails (ranked best in the nation in 2013), explore one of our numerous show caves, or reel in a big catch (Missouri has 200+ different species of fish) from some of the top fishing holes, rivers, and streams in the country.

Home to the greatest BBQ you’ll find, Missouri’s diverse recreational activities, combined with its affordable environment, play a big role in attracting and maintaining a growing pool of innovative and dedicated workers. Additionally, our strong schools with an emphasis on STEM education open more opportunities for young Missourians to access in-demand careers.

Missouri has two large metropolitans, Kansas City and St. Louis, located on each side of the state with several smaller metros in between such as Columbia, Springfield, Joplin, St. Joseph, and Cape Girardeau (check out all of our communities). And with the state making up a significant portion of the breadbasket, you can enjoy a life on the farm with just a short drive to the fast lanes of our bustling cities. Plan a trip to Missouri to check it out for yourself!

Are you a business looking for a new location to grow? Learn about all the reasons why Missouri is the perfect place for you.

Plan your next vacation or STAYcation in Missouri or find out about all of our unique attractions, events, and festivals on Visitmo.com, provided by the Missouri Division of Tourism.  
Looking for the perfect setting to shoot a film or commercial? Look no further than Missouri. Connect with the Missouri Film Office today or take a look through more than 1,200 locations by using our online gallery. 
Missouri works to enrich the arts, which is another reason why living and working in the Show-Me State is so inspiring. Through the Missouri Arts Council, the state is dedicated to enhancing the artistic environment for residents and visitors as well as paving the way for artists to build onto their careers. 

Low Cost

High Quality


Lowest college tuition increases

2nd fastest internet download speeds

Family Fun

5th lowest gas tax

2013 Best Trails State

The Great Outdoors

8th most affordable travel destinations (KCMO)

4 professional sports teams

Art and History

4th lowest cost of living

120 wineries, 50+ breweries

Wine Country

15th best overall tax climate

Affordable Energy

Katy Trail: longest rails-to-trails

Top High Schools

Top 10 state for graduation rate


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