These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Missouri


We used science and data to determine which places in Missouri are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Missouri?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Missouri – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Missouri cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Show Me State:

  1. Wellston
  2. Glasgow Village
  3. Normandy
  4. Jennings (Photos)
  5. Riverview
  6. Spanish Lake
  7. Berkeley (Photos)
  8. Piedmont
  9. Ferguson (Photos)
  10. Versailles

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Ladue is the happiest place in Missouri.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Missouri

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Missouri, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Missouri with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 180 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Missouri’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Wellston

Wellston, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,010
People Who Own Their Home: 20.61%
Married Adults: 12.09%

2. Glasgow Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 4,895
People Who Own Their Home: 38.47%
Married Adults: 23.96%

3. Normandy

Normandy, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,990
People Who Own Their Home: 30.71%
Married Adults: 26.75%

4. Jennings

Jennings, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,730
People Who Own Their Home: 45.4%
Married Adults: 25.08%

5. Riverview


Population: 2,854
People Who Own Their Home: 42.25%
Married Adults: 34.37%

6. Spanish Lake


Population: 19,652
People Who Own Their Home: 42.92%
Married Adults: 34.86%

7. Berkeley

Berkeley, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,120
People Who Own Their Home: 44.42%
Married Adults: 26.81%

8. Piedmont

Piedmont, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,230
People Who Own Their Home: 50.38%
Married Adults: 35.1%

9. Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,151
People Who Own Their Home: 49.04%
Married Adults: 33.48%

10. Versailles

Versailles, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,496
People Who Own Their Home: 44.2%
Married Adults: 32.9%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Missouri

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Wellston 1 20.61%
Glasgow Village 2 38.47%
Normandy 3 30.71%
Jennings 4 45.4%
Riverview 5 42.25%
Spanish Lake 6 42.92%
Berkeley 7 44.42%
Piedmont 8 50.38%
Ferguson 9 49.04%
Versailles 10 44.2%
Sullivan 11 46.17%
Buffalo 12 49.48%
Butler 13 47.39%
Charleston 14 54.69%
De Soto 15 48.94%
Bonne Terre 16 49.15%
Cameron 17 41.56%
Caruthersville 18 43.34%
Maplewood 19 35.92%
Hollister 20 40.54%
Malden 21 48.88%
Branson 22 20.2%
Springfield 23 42.61%
Pevely 24 57.95%
Riverside 25 26.18%
Mountain View 26 43.36%
Dellwood 27 67.07%
Kansas City 28 47.42%
Carthage 29 47.91%
Marlborough 30 11.38%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 31 63.86%
Lebanon 32 47.34%
Grandview 33 50.12%
Harrisonville 34 54.75%
Maryville 35 35.34%
Willow Springs 36 42.56%
Salem 37 45.64%
Poplar Bluff 38 41.19%
Houston 39 41.58%
Marshfield 40 46.58%
Rolla 41 35.09%
Bolivar 42 39.5%
Vandalia 43 58.3%
Kennett 44 49.08%
Moberly 45 50.58%
Warrenton 46 62.12%
Desloge 47 55.74%
Fulton 48 47.94%
Black Jack 49 60.7%
Pacific 50 51.1%
Warrensburg 51 38.36%
Nevada 52 40.97%
Kirksville 53 40.21%
Warsaw 54 43.78%
Richmond 55 45.73%
Joplin 56 50.4%
Carrollton 57 49.95%
Independence 58 57.93%
Cape Girardeau 59 48.28%
Aurora 60 54.51%
Hazelwood 61 60.02%
University City 62 50.03%
Hillsboro 63 58.82%
Dexter 64 52.53%
Overland 65 59.32%
Farmington 66 51.78%
Boonville 67 53.33%
Hannibal 68 52.32%
Clinton 69 53.11%
Buckner 70 60.38%
Monett 71 54.68%
Belton 72 58.46%
Adrian 73 58.26%
Sedalia 74 50.45%
Bridgeton 75 59.66%
Columbia 76 44.44%
Excelsior Springs 77 59.15%
Macon 78 55.93%
Lemay 79 66.75%
Brookfield 80 52.84%
West Plains 81 45.38%
California 82 53.61%
Park Hills 83 46.4%
Webb City 84 54.33%
Lathrop 85 55.08%
Milan 86 47.51%
Lexington 87 68.25%
Mehlville 88 61.7%
Mexico 89 54.3%
Windsor 90 66.0%
Festus 91 63.41%
Troy 92 60.95%
Scott City 93 65.31%
Union 94 59.54%
Palmyra 95 64.63%
Mount Vernon 96 45.16%
Murphy 97 72.3%
Neosho 98 56.25%
Sikeston 99 52.01%
Oak Grove 100 57.02%
Raytown 101 62.5%
Maryland Heights 102 54.66%
Marshall 103 53.59%
Trenton 104 50.02%
Anderson 105 49.09%
Barnhart 106 89.7%
Florissant 107 64.6%
Fort Leonard Wood 108 0.31%
Ozark 109 58.81%
Canton 110 51.33%
Tipton 111 64.63%
Waynesville 112 55.74%
Gladstone 113 63.04%
Imperial 114 78.58%
Bowling Green 115 57.3%
Valley Park 116 57.29%
Jefferson City 117 52.95%
Pleasant Hill 118 63.96%
Odessa 119 59.14%
Chillicothe 120 52.65%
Nixa 121 59.14%
Savannah 122 56.58%
Albany 123 67.46%
Concordia 124 61.25%
Shrewsbury 125 58.43%
Liberty 126 70.5%
Arnold 127 71.77%
Grain Valley 128 59.26%
Republic 129 56.47%
Rock Hill 130 74.84%
Willard 131 61.11%
Centralia 132 59.76%
Blue Springs 133 65.42%
New Haven 134 61.85%
Affton 135 74.71%
Seneca 136 58.6%
Old Jamestown 137 89.25%
Jackson 138 62.25%
Richmond Heights 139 49.82%
Bethany 140 54.75%
Eureka 141 78.76%
Sappington 142 66.48%
Ashland 143 65.96%
Clayton 144 50.08%
Washington 145 65.99%
Greenwood 146 87.7%
Carl Junction 147 74.27%
Parkville 148 66.78%
Perryville 149 59.85%
Brentwood 150 57.58%
Olivette 151 73.54%
Country Club 152 70.93%
Lee’S Summit 153 71.59%
Smithville 154 78.66%
Crestwood 155 82.58%
Kearney 156 66.93%
Lamar 157 63.86%
Ellisville 158 79.36%
Manchester 159 74.49%
O’Fallon 160 77.58%
Ballwin 161 77.64%
Concord 162 85.74%
Raymore 163 78.42%
Oakville 164 83.84%
Wentzville 165 80.69%
Dardenne Prairie 166 97.0%
Fenton 167 83.04%
Wildwood 168 86.9%
Sunset Hills 169 73.57%
Chesterfield 170 72.83%
Kirkwood 171 71.96%
Creve Coeur 172 66.44%
Battlefield 173 81.28%
Webster Groves 174 78.38%
Weldon Spring 175 84.81%
Des Peres 176 89.54%
Town And Country 177 89.74%
Glendale 178 94.28%
Frontenac 179 80.05%
Ladue 180 92.16%

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