10 Reasons Missouri Is Best Place to Retire | Leisure Care


Best known as the “Show Me” state, Missouri is well-known for its Midwestern hospitality and rich culture. The state may be lesser known for its extensive retirement benefits, but Missouri this often overlooked retirement destination offers an affordable senior living experience with an abundance of opportunity.

10 Reasons For Retirement In Missouri

1. Low Cost of Living

St. Louis has been listed by U.S. News and World Report as one of the “Best Places to Retire Under $400,000” and as one of the top “10 Most Affordable Places to Rent an Apartment in Retirement”. The cost of living in Missouri is 16.3% below the national average, and Springfield, Missouri has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top “10 places to buy a Retirement Home for Under $100,000”.

2. World-Class Health Care

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is ranked 14th in the nation for geriatric health care and health care in Branson and Kansas City is renowned for its quality.

Missouri has several benefits for veterans.

3. Unique Benefits for Military Veterans

Missouri has two military bases federal and state assistance for veterans is available throughout the state. Whiteman Air Force Base has an office dedicated to helping retirees claim earned benefits and Fort Leonard Wood offers base housing to retirees. Military pensions are also no longer taxed in Missouri.

4. Tax Benefits

Missouri is ranked the 18th best state in the U.S. for being taxpayer-friendly. Ranked as being moderately tax-friendly to retirees, Missouri partially taxes Social Security income, fully taxes withdrawals from retirement accounts, and public pensions are partially taxed while private pensions are fully taxed.

5. Country Living with Big City Amenities

St. Louis and Kansas City are on each side of the state, giving residents easy access to big city living while much of the state boasts rural scenery and small towns. Kansas City is the state’s most populous city with fun activities visiting grandchildren will love, like the Kansas City Zoo and Science City at Union Station. In fact, Kansas City was ranked by National Geographic as one the Best Trips of 2019. Meanwhile, St. Louis is a mecca for sports fans, boasting  the 8th most professional sports championships among U.S. cities. With sports, world-class food in the Soulard district, and live entertainment throughout the city, St. Louis is a hidden gem retirees will love exploring.

6. 1,150 Miles of Coastline

Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri
Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri

Missouri has more coastline than California because of its abundance of lakes, bringing outdoor recreation in Missouri to a whole new level.

7. The Napa Valley of the Midwest

Prior to prohibition, Missouri was the second leading producer of wine in the U.S. The state is now experiencing a revival with vineyards across the state producing world-class wine. Missouri is also home to Anheuser-Busch and an abundance of craft beer breweries.

8. World Series Champions

Missouri is proud to call the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals their home teams, each with a strong history of world series championships.

9. Hundreds of Miles of Caves

The state has hundreds of miles of caves for the adventurer to explore. Some companies offer guided tours, leading groups through the larger caves in the state.

Missouri is home to award-winning and mouthwatering barbecue.

10. Award-Winning BBQ

Missouri has the 4th most barbecue restaurants per capita of any state. While Kansas City is the center of the state’s barbecue craze, residents can find delicious barbecue across Missouri.

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Making the Move Happen

When evaluating the cost of senior living, it’s best to start with your current expenses because so much of senior living is all-inclusive. Think through how much is spent monthly on food, utilities, healthcare, house maintenance, and homeownership costs. Once you have a good understanding of how much it costs to live on your own, you will have a more realistic picture of senior living costs.You will also want to think through what is included at the community you are considering. Many of our communities include a wide range of amenities including:

  • Regular housekeeping and linen services
  • True restaurant dining, with made to order meals
  • Engaging activities and social events
  • Home maintenance and yard work
  • Gym memberships and fitness classes through PrimeFi
  • Language lessons
  • Travel opportunities
  • Assisted living and memory care services, if needed

Exactly how much your monthly rate is will depend on the care being received, amenities being used, and apartment chosen.

The cost of senior living in Missouri is fairly consistent across the state, coming in at $2,537 per month for assisted living care.

Your Dream Retirement on Your Budget

From traveling the world to exploring your own backyard, Leisure Care living is fun and easy. We offer independent living services at our senior living communities in Missouri. We will work closely with you and your family to create a lifestyle that meets care and budget needs while making the most of every day of retirement. Five-star fun. Five-star service. That’s our promise.

It’s your time to build your future. Contact us today to get started.

About the author

Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, Alzheimers.net and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.