Missouri is a great place to live and has something for everyone. Cities, rural areas, culture, nature, sports, great food and so much more. Obviously, EVERYONE couldn’t live here and still maintain the balance of calm, chaos, and adventure. However, visiting is another story. Here are some of the reasons living in the Show Me State is awesome.
1. We have amazing cities with lots of things to do, see and eat.
However, if city life isn’t your thing, you can live rurally and still be within driving distance.
2. It’s affordable.
The cost of living in Missouri is lower than the national average, especially in housing costs.
3. We experience all 4 seasons.
We get to enjoy the different activities that come with each season. Not to mention, fall and spring in Missouri are simply gorgeous!
4. Lakes, rivers, and streams.
Our waterways and lakes are abundant, with lots of opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, floating, or just enjoying the beautiful views. (Pictured: Lake of the Ozarks)
5. We are the best at beer, both classic and craft.
Missouri's own, Budweiser has been around since 1876, and has become one of the highest selling beers in the U.S. In addition, the state is sprinkled with a wide variety of craft beer sellers, and the amount of these smaller brewers is growing with the national craft beer craze.
6. We are the very best at barbeque.
Especially in Kansas City!
7. Parks and natural areas, including state parks.
A lot of Missouri has not been urbanized. We have set aside state parks and nature conservancies, and even in the cities we have some of the most beautiful parks. (Pictured: Springfield Nature Walk)
8. The people.
People from Missouri are unassuming, friendly people. They are ready with a smile and a hello and are there for their neighbors and friends.
9. Fairs and festivals.
We know how to have fun! Besides the multitude of local festivals and other similar events, the Missouri State Fair (pictured) has been a yearly staple in Sedalia since 1901. In 2009, the fair had record attendance of nearly 340,000 people, and it won numerous awards at the annual conference of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. It was especially lauded for its promotion of agricultural exhibitors.
10. Great schools, libraries and museums.
There are lots of great opportunities to learn. Besides great schools from kindergarten through college, our libraries are first-rate and the museums unparalleled. (Pictured: University of Missouri, Columbia)
11. Beautiful views.
So many beautiful views throughout the state! (Pictured: Sunset at Table Rock Lake)
12. Historic sites and places.
All of Missouri’s 114 counties as well as the independent city of St. Louis have listings in the National Register of Historic Places. (Pictured: Historic Samuel Cupples House)
13. Vineyards and wineries.
Missouri wine country has been booming for many years and its growth is unprecedented. In 2016, Missouri's winery count was over 126! The three largest wineries in Missouri are St. James Winery, Stone Hill Winery, and Les Bourgeois Winery (pictured).
14. Farmer’s markets.
The benefit of being a farm-rich state is that we have a multitude of farmer’s markets featuring fresh produce grown by local farmers. You can even find them in the cities.