Moving to Missouri

Home of famous folks (including Chuck Berry, Sheryl Crowe, Dick Van Dyke, and Jon Hamm), delicious food (St. Louis-style pizza and Kansas City barbecue), and natural wonders (like the Lake of the Ozarks, with more shoreline than the coastline of California), Missouri has a lot to share. The Midwestern state is also centrally located, making it a breeze to travel to a host of other destinations. Pair that with being a Top 10 state in affordability, and it’s easy to see why one might want to relocate to the Show-Me State.

Looking at Kansas City, St. Louis, or another part of Missouri? Great Guys Long Distance Movers is here to help with this informative MO moving guide, separated into the following sections:

  1. Things to Consider Before Moving to MO
  2. Top Places to Live in the Midwest State
  3. Convenient Interstate Moving Checklist
  4. Great Guys Affordable Moving Services
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Living in Missouri: What to Know Before Moving to Missouri

Considering a move to the Mother of the West? If so, you’ll want to consider these following facts about the 18th most populous state (6.13 million residents) and the 21st largest state by land size (69,704 square miles) in America.

Pros and Cons of Living in Missouri

Pros: 

  • Low cost of living: According to Affordability Rankings by US News & World Report, Missouri comes in at #7 overall in the country. It does even better in terms of its cost of living at #4.
  • Housing costs: Ranked as one of the Top 10 cheapest states to purchase a house in 2019, the state also offers low rent (particularly in cities like Kansas City and St. Louis).
  • Barbecue: We can’t make a list of pros without mentioning its mouthwatering BBQ. Known for Kansas City-style barbecue and St. Louis-style ribs, MO is a true BBQ lover’s paradise.  
  • Food in general: Okay, okay. We can’t leave out Missouri’s many other claims to culinary fame: waffle cone, St. Louis-style pizza, gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli, and slingers.
  • Attractions: Along with being home to Branson, aka the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World,” The Show-Me State has many museums, theaters, national parks, and much more.
  • Pro sports: Love sports teams? There’s a great selection: Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), Sporting Kansas City (MLS), St. Louis Blues (NHL), and St. Louis Cardinals (MLB).
  • Friendly folks: Last but not least, the people here are some of the nicest you’ll come across. It’s technically not part of the South, but there’s a touch of Southern hospitality.

Cons:

  • Hot, humid summers: Summertime can be extremely hot and humid, with plenty of rain to add to the discomfort. This climate has prompted residents to pronounce the state name as “misery.”
  • Lackluster job market: Though it’s certainly not at the bottom, Missouri ranks #33 overall in best and worst states for jobs (as well as #27 in ‘job market’ and #39 in ‘economic environment’).
  • Freezing winters: You know all that humidity during the summer months? That translates into several severe ice storms and ample snow (particularly up north) during the winter.
  • High crime: With Kansas City listed as one of the most dangerous cities in the nation, the crime rate doesn’t look to be decreasing anytime soon. Recently, it’s been ticking up.
  • Low state ranking: Missouri gets a bad rap, but it isn’t unwarranted. When taking into account crime rates, quality of health, and inclusiveness, there’s room for improvement.
  • Tornadoes: Located in Tornado Alley, the state sees an average of 30+ twisters annually. In 2010, it experienced no less than 65 tornadoes (the 8th highest count since 1950).
  • Silly laws: As with most states, there are several bizarre laws left on the books. For example, you must have a permit to shave while driving. It’s also illegal to give elephants beer. Who knew?

Tax Rates

  • Property Tax: 0.99%. The effective real-estate tax rate is #27 lowest in the US.
  • Sales Tax: Missouri’s base state sales tax is 4.225%. With local taxes, this amounts to somewhere between 4.225–10.1%.
  • Income Tax: 1.5–5.4%. The state has a progressive income tax system.

Housing Market

To Rent or Buy? Whether renting or buying, Missouri offers some of the lowest housing costs in America. 

The state is considered one of the Top 10 cheapest states in which to purchase a home. For instance, Independence (a suburb of Kansas City) has one of the lowest price-to-rent ratios in the country. As for the rental market, Kansas City and St. Louis rank among the best cities in which to rent a place

  • Median Home Value: $163,700
  • Median Rental Expense: $661 (1BR), $846 (2BR)

Cheapest Places to Live in Missouri:

  1. Bonne Terre
  2. Park Hills
  3. St. Ann
  4. Webb City
  5. Richmond
  6. Macon
  7. Moberly
  8. Carl Junction
  9. Trenton
  10. Odessa

Cost of Living

According to the Cost of Living in Missouri by BestPlaces, Missouri has a cost of living index of 92.5. This index is lower than the national average of 100.

Using EPI’s Family Budget Calculator, we can compare the average monthly costs in three Missouri metro areas. We’ll use a family of four for these examples (2 adults + 2 children). 

Springfield Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $760
  2. Food = $718
  3. Childcare = $1,061
  4. Transportation = $1,162
  5. Healthcare = $1,196
  6. Other necessities = $596
  7. Taxes = $826
  8. Grand total = $6,319 per month or $75,822 per year

Kansas City Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $869
  2. Food = $747
  3. Childcare = $1,176
  4. Transportation = $1,173
  5. Healthcare = $1,059
  6. Other necessities = $652
  7. Taxes = $859
  8. Grand total = $6,534 per month or $78,407 per year

St. Louis Metro Area:

  1. Housing = $896
  2. Food = $744
  3. Childcare = $1,188
  4. Transportation = $1,178
  5. Healthcare = $1,034
  6. Other necessities = $661
  7. Taxes = $882
  8. Grand total = $6,584 per month or $79,010 per year

Weather & Natural Disasters

The state of Missouri is split into two distinct zones. The northern third of the state has a humid subtropical climate, while the remaining southern portion experiences a humid continental climate. Overall, this results in humid, hot summers and cold winters. 

Stuck between the drastic weather of summer and winter, are the spring and fall seasons. Not to be outdone, these seasons experience large temperature swings, sometimes fluctuating as much as 40 degrees in the same day or week. Fall brings the first freezes in October (northwest) and November (southeast). Spring is usually peak tornado season.

Because of its landlocked location, Missouri usually sees temperature extremes. Without the influence of an ocean or any large mountains, the state is greatly affected by the hot, humid air of the Gulf of Mexico and the cold air from the Arctic. Recently, Missouri has seen a large decrease in annual snowfall.

Climate Statistics:

  1. Average rainfall: 43 inches
  2. Average snowfall: 13 inches
  3. Sunshine: 206 sunny days
  4. Summer high: 88°F (July)
  5. Winter low: 20°F (January)

Due to its geographical location, Missouri experiences several natural disasters. The most common are ice storms, tornadoes, severe storms, and flooding. The state has received 40+ major disaster declarations since 1990. According to MoneyWise, it ranks #19 among the most disaster-prone states.

Natural Disaster – Threats & Risks:

  1. Ice Storms
  2. Tornadoes
  3. Severe Storms
  4. Flooding
  5. Severe Winter Weather
  6. Extreme Heat
  7. Earthquakes
  8. Fires

Economy & Job Market

According to Economy Rankings by US News & World Report, Missouri currently ranks #23 out of all US States. This score derives from three subcategories: business environment (#14), employment (#27), and growth (#28). Missouri’s GDP is approximately $303.76 billion, and the median income is $29,438.

Top Industries:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Retail
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Education
  5. Hospitality
  6. Construction
  7. Professional
  8. Finance & Insurance
  9. Other Services
  10. Government

Top Employers:

  1. Ascension (Clayton)
  2. Emerson (St. Louis)
  3. Enterprise Rent-A-Car (St. Louis)
  4. O’Reilly Auto Parts (Springfield)
  5. Enterprise Holdings (Clayton)
  6. Panera Bread (St. Louis)
  7. Edward Jones (Des Peres)
  8. Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis)
  9. Centene (St. Louis)
  10. BJC HealthCare (St. Louis)
  11. Express Scripts (St. Louis)
  12. Amdocs (Chesterfield)
  13. Cerner (Kansas City)
  14. Leggett & Platt (Carthage)
  15. Monsanto (Creve Coeur)
  16. Mercy (Chesterfield)
  17. Schnucks (St. Louis)
  18. Bass Pro Shops (Springfield)
  19. Caleres (Clayton)
  20. Electrical Components International (Creve Coeur)

Looking for work in Missouri? Here are some helpful resources:

  1. MO.gov page: MO Jobs – Job Seekers, Employers, and Community 
  2. Job search: Indeed, LinkedIn, CollegeRecruiter, CareerBuilder
  3. Resume help: Monster, TopResume, ResumeRobin

Traffic and Transportation

Major Forms of Transportation:

  1. Roads & Highways
  2. Air (including St. Louis Lambert Int’l Airport and the Kansas City International Airport, among others)
  3. Freight Rail (St. Louis has 3rd largest hub in the US)
  4. Passenger Rail (Amtrak)
  5. River Transport (Port of St. Louis)
  6. Subway / Light Rail
  7. Urban Transit Systems ((Metrolink, MetroBus, etc.)
  8. Rural Transit Systems (OATS and SMTS)
  9. Taxicab & Limousine Services
  10. Ridesharing (Lyft, Uber, etc.)

Missouri’s interstate highways are owned and maintained by the state of Missouri.

Primary Interstate Highways:

  • Interstate 29: I-29 is a north-south interstate highway. It travels through Kansas City and St. Joseph.
  • Interstate 35: I-35 travels about 115 miles north-northeast from Kansas City to the northern border.
  • Interstate 44: I-44 runs northeast from the Oklahoma border near Joplin to downtown St. Louis.
  • Interstate 49: I-49 begins at Pineville in the south and terminates at Kansas City in the north.
  • Interstate 55: I-55 makes its way northward from the Arkansas state line to St. Louis.
  • Interstate 57: I-57 parallels the old Illinois Central rail line, spanning from Sikeston to Chicago, IL.
  • Interstate 64: I-64 is a west-east interstate highway that travels from Wentzville to St. Louis.
  • Interstate 70: I-70 runs parallel to the Missouri River from Kansas state line to Illinois state line.
  • Interstate 72: I-72 travels from Hannibal, MO, in the west to Champaign, Illinois, in the east.

According to Best and Worst States to Drive In by WalletHub, Missouri comes in at #32 in the country. This ranking is based on four subcategories: cost of ownership & maintenance (#6), traffic & infrastructure (#32), safety (#49), and access to vehicles & maintenance (#12).

Things to Do

Looking for fun in Missouri? Whether you’re a history buff, cave explorer, foodie, or an enthusiast of the bizarre & unusual, there’s something for everyone in this entertaining Midwestern state.

Tourist Destinations:

The Mother of the West is home to rich United States history and natural attractions.

  • National World War I Museum: As the nation’s foremost institution dedicated to the Great War, this KC museum offers visitors a glimpse of the history of and artifacts from WWI.
  • St. Louis Zoological Park: This popular zoo in the heart of St. Louis is also a leading facility in conservation and animal research. Enjoy educational exhibits and fascinating animals. 
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens: Also found in St. Louis, it is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States. Stroll through 79+ acres of natural beauty and wonder.
  • Lake of the Ozarks: This huge reservoir sits in the Ozark Mountains of central Missouri. Nicknamed “The Magic Dragon,” it is a prime vacation spot for water sports and more.
  • Gateway Arch: We round out our list of tourist attractions with the tallest arch in the world. At 630 feet in height, it triumphantly rises above the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Food & Drink:

Home to amazing BBQ, brews, and more, Missouri is a foodie’s dream! Here are the top picks:

  • Top All-You-Can-Eat: Charley’s Buffet (Lincoln)
  • Top Bar: Taste (St. Louis)
  • Top Craft Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City)
  • Top Brunch: Cielo (St. Louis)
  • Top Burger: Winstead’s (Kansas City)
  • Top Chili: Dixon’s (Independence)
  • Top Chocolate Shop: Christopher Elbow Chocolates (Kansas City)
  • Top Coffee Shop: Quay Coffee (Kansas City)
  • Top Deep Dish Pizza: Pi (St Louis)
  • Top Food Truck: Go Gyro Go (St. Louis)

State Parks:

Want to explore Missouri’s amazing natural beauty? Consider these popular state parks:

  • Ha Ha Tonka State Park: Translated as “Land of the Laughing Water,” this Camdenton wonderland includes a huge spring, large natural bridge, sheer cliffs, and caves. 
  • Elephant Rocks State Park: This state park gets its name from the elephant-shaped granite rocks that dot the landscape. Enjoy a scenic rest or lunch at one of the various picnic tables in this Belleview gem.
  • Rock Bridge Memorial State Park: A must-stop for cave lovers, this park in Columbia has some of the best hiking in Missouri and a huge cave system (plus an underground stream). 
  • Table Rock State Park: This Branson park is a popular outdoor getaway for several activities, including boating, parasailing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, and more. 
  • Roaring River State Park: Enjoy trout fishing? If so, you’ll want to check out this Cassville destination. As of the top trout fisheries in America, it lives up to its reputation. 

Museums:

The list of museums in the Midwest state is notable. Here’s are our top four:

  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: As Kansas City’s jewel, it is home to world-class galleries.
  • Jefferson Barracks Telephone Museum: This unique museum features a selection of telephones and memorabilia.
  • Rockcliffe Mansion: Overlooking the Mississippi, this historic house museum is a must-see.
  • Harry S. Truman Library & Museum: This is the Presidential library of the 33rd United States president, a Missouri native.

Cool & Unusual:

Looking for something different to explore in Missouri? Check out: 

  • City Museum: Not so much a museum, this collection (housed in the former International Shoe building in St. Louis) is more so a bizarre, fantastical jungle gym for adults. 
  • Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins: Investigate the ruins of a Kansas City businessman’s European castle-style mansion, completed in 1920. It sits on a bluff in Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
  • Welch Spring Hospital Ruins: Found along the Current River, this abandoned natural spa is now an ode to failure. It doesn’t have an exact address, but you can find it by hike or canoe.
  • Kansas City Workhouse: This former medieval-style prison castle from the late 1890s is now decorated with colorful murals and tagging by graffiti artists of all kinds.
  • Glore Psychiatric Museum: Showcasing 130+ years of history of the State Lunatic Asylum No. 2, this museum illustrates and depicts the gory treatment of mental illness in times past.

Schools and Universities

Ranked #31 among states with the best schools, Missouri has the 6th highest high-school graduation rate in the nation (89%). It also has the 23rd lowest public-school funding ($11,558 per pupil). As for higher education, the state is home to top institutions, including Washington University in St. Louis.

Top MO Colleges:

  1. Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis)
  2. Saint Louis University (St. Louis)
  3. University of Missouri (Columbia)
  4. Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla)
  5. Maryville University of St. Louis (St. Louis)
  6. College of the Ozarks (Point Lookout)
  7. The University of Missouri – Kansas City (Bellingham) 
  8. University of Missouri – St. Louis (St. Louis)
  9. William Jewell College (Liberty)
  10. Rockhurst University (Kansas City)

Top MO Public School Districts:

  1. Kirkwood School District (Kirkwood)
  2. Ladue School District (St. Louis)
  3. Rockwood R-VI School District (Eureka)
  4. Parkway School District (Chesterfield)
  5. Blue Springs R-IV School District (Blue Springs)
  6. Pattonville R-III School District (St. Ann)
  7. Lee’s Summit R-VII School District (Lee’s Summit)
  8. Lindbergh Schools (St. Louis)
  9. Park Hill School District (Kansas City)
  10. Francis Howell School District (St. Charles)

How to Become a Missouri Resident

Having proof of residency can come in handy for tax purposes or residency status for the University of Missouri and other institutions of higher education. 

To become an official resident of Missouri, you may be required to provide the following:

  1. Proof of presence in Missouri (lease/homeownership, bank records)
  2. Proof of living here for at least 12 consecutive months
  3. Proof of earnings of $2,000 or more during 12 months in the state
  4. Current Missouri driver’s license or ID card
  5. Verification of Missouri voter registration
  6. Copy of Missouri federal 1040 income tax form
  7. Copy of Missouri vehicle registration

Moving to Missouri DMV

Acquiring a new driver’s license:

After moving to the state, a new resident has 30 days to obtain a MO driver’s license.

Steps to getting a new license:

  1. Establish Missouri residency
  2. Visit a Missouri license office
  3. Provide proof of ID, lawful status, social security number, MO residential address.
  4. Take a vision test
  5. Pass road signs exam
  6. If the license is expired, pass written and driving tests
  7. Pay applicable fees
  8. Wait for new license to arrive by mail

Vehicle registration:

New MO residents must title and register an out-of-state vehicle within 30 days

In order to get a title and registration, you must submit the following: 1) Current out-of-state title 2) Registration certificate or proof of ownership (if there is a lien) 3) Signed Application for Missouri Title and License 4) Current insurance ID card or proof of financial responsibility (if requested) 5) Statement of non-assessment (if applicable) 6) Missouri safety inspection (60 days or less) 7) ID number and odometer inspection 8) If applicable, emissions inspection (60 days or less)

To qualify to vote, you must be:

  1. A citizen of the United States
  2. A legal Missouri State resident
  3. 17.5 years of age to register
  4. 18 years or older on election day

Missouri offers online voter registration. The state does not allow no-excuse absentee voting or early voting. Voters in Missouri are required to present non-photo ID to receive a ballot. Missouri residents can register to vote by mail, online, or in-person (at the local county clerk’s office).

Note: A felon in Missouri has his or her voting rights restored upon completion of sentence.

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Best Places to Live in Missouri

Northern Missouri

Columbia

Population: 123,000
Median Home Value: $182,600

The first stop on our tour of northern Missouri: Columbia. As the county seat of Boone County, the city of less than 125,000 is great for college students, young families, aspiring professionals, and retirees alike. Some 53% of residents own their homes, and the public schools rank high.

Home to the University of Missouri, Columbia is one of the best college towns in the Midwest; in fact, it is one of the Top 10 college towns in the United States. The Athens of Missouri also offers a thriving business community. These factors led to the city being ranked as one of the Top 25 best cities to live in by CBS News. On the downside, it has room for improvement when it comes to crime rates. The cost of living is also relatively higher compared to the rest of the state.

Top public schools in town include Rock Bridge Senior High School, David H. Hickman High School, Ann Hawkins Gentry Middle School, Ulysses S. Grant Elementary School, and Midway Heights Elementary School. Private school options include Columbia Independent School. Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, Christian Fellowship School, Mizzou K–12 Online, and Heritage Academy. In addition to the University of Missouri, Columbia also boasts Stephens College, Columbia College – Missouri, Columbia Area Career Center, and Cosmetology Concepts Institute.

Whether you’re a student, young family, professional, or retiree, Columbia offers great amenities, education, a strong business climate, and other attractive selling points perfect for just about anybody!

Kansas City

Population: 460,000
Median Home Value: $149,600

Next, we visit Kansas City. As the largest city in Missouri, it currently ranks as the 34th best city in the country in which to purchase a home. But that’s only a small slice of what this family-friendly city offers. 

Home of Kansas City barbecue and major cultural stops, KSMO wears many hats. With just the right mixture of countryside and urban amenities, it excels at providing many things: Midwestern hospitality, world-class cuisine, beautiful parks & outdoor living, a growing arts scene, farmers markets, excellent hospitals, the Country Club Plaza, and affordable living. As for drawbacks, the city does suffer from higher crime rates. Public transportation has room for improvement, too.

Enjoy sports? Kansas City is home to pro teams the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), and Sporting Kansas City (MLS), along with college teams the Kansas City Roos, Rockhurst Hawks, Avila Eagles, and MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers.

The top public schools in KC are Academie Lafayette – Oak, Hawthorn Hill Elementary School, Voy Spears Jr. Elementary School, and Delta Woods Middle School. For those interested in private education, consider The Pembroke Hill School, The Barstow School, Rockhurst High School, Notre Dame de Sion School, and St. Teresa’s Academy. Kansas City also has several institutions of higher learning, including Rockhurst University, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Avila University, WellSpring School of Allied Health – Kansas City, and Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Kansas City.

Top neighborhoods in the Kansas City area include Shoal Creek Valley, Country Club/Waldo, KCI, Gashland/Nashua, Line Creek Valley, Martin City, Longview, Midtown/Plaza, Red Bridge, and Greater Downtown.

As the city of a thousand nicknames, Kansas City is a one-of-kind place filled with delicious food, amazing music, a rich history, and diverse culture. If you’re looking for big-city living in northern Missouri, you’ll find it in the BBQ Capital of the World/Jazz Capital of the World/Paris of the Plains.

O’Fallon

Population: 88,000
Median Home Value: $244,800

Moving along, we next stop in the city of O’Fallon. This top suburb of St. Louis sports a population of less than 90,000. A scenic city, it offers a complete package of entertainment, safety, and affordability. An incredible 82% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools are highly ranked.

Named one of the Top 10 most livable cities in the US, O’Fallon is a low-cost city filled with high earners. An influx of new residents over the past few decades has boosted the local economy and historic downtown, along with helping to build high-quality recreational areas and community facilities. The city is home to many events, including Fall Fest, Celebration of Lights, Heritage & Freedom Fest, and Founders’ Day & Garden Expo. St. Louis is also only 20–40 minutes away for a fun day trip or an easy commute.

Top public schools in O’Fallon are Independence Elementary School, Francis Howell Middle School, Emge Elementary School, Twin Chimneys Elementary School, and John Weldon Elementary School. There are also several private schools, including St. Dominic High School, Christian School District (Living Word Christian School), Assumption School, and First Baptist Christian Academy.

As one of the top cities for families in America, O’Fallon checks a lot of boxes (including topnotch safety, particularly compared to other MO cities). This growing urban gem is worth some serious consideration.

Parkville

Population: 6,800
Median Home Value: $432,800

As one of the top suburbs of Kansas City, Parkville is also the #1 place to live in Platte County. Some 74% of residents own their homes, and the public schools are outstanding. Known for its historic downtown, antique shops, and art galleries, Parkville is considered the most charming place in the Kansas City area. It is a vibrant community with peaceful neighborhoods and a thriving business community. On the downside, cost of living (especially housing) is at the high end.

Top public schools serving the Parkville area include Park Hill South High School, Lakeview Middle School, Hawthorn Elementary School, Plaza Middle School, and Donald D. Siegrist Elementary School. Parkville is also home to Park University, a four-year private university.

Are you looking for a great place to live and raise a family? If you can afford the higher expenses, Parkville is a quaint and delightful town that will capture your heart.

St. Louis

Population: 319,000
Median Home Value: $118,600

Ranked the #44 best city for young professionals in America, residents and visitors alike celebrate St. Louis for its famous food, landmarks (including the Gateway Arch), pro sports teams, high diversity, and low cost of living.

Known as the Gateway of the West, St. Louis is home to St. Louis-style pizza, Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, and big-hearted people. The city offers a surplus of attractions and amenities: Downtown STL, City Museum, Forest Park, The Fox Theatre, top schools in the nation, and much more. This bustling city is also just a couple hours’ drive away from Kansas City and Chicago. And did we mention the low living expenses? For a major city, it doesn’t get much more affordable than it does in The Lou. We can’t mention St. Louis without talking about sports. Home to diehard fans, the pro teams to root for are the St. Louis Cardinals (MLB) and St. Louis Blues (NHL). The city is also the future home of a Major League Soccer (MLS) team, which is expected to kick off in 2022.

Top public schools include Metro High School, Hancock Place Elementary School, North Side Community School, Affton High School, And City Garden Montessori Charter School. For those seeking private education options, scope out St. Louis University High School, Crossroads College Preparatory School, Rosati-Kain High School, St. Louis Christian Academy, and St. Mary’s High School. Top colleges in the area include Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis University, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Maryville University, and Fontbonne University.

Wondering where to call home in STL? Top neighborhoods you may want to explore are Hi-Pointe, Wydown-Debaliviere, Cheltenham, Debaliviere Place, Benton Park, North Hampton, Clifton Heights, Forest Park Southeast, and Franz Park.

St. Louis combines rich history, a bustling economy, popular attractions, and cheap living costs into a highly attractive package. For those in search of a great new home, St. Louis is calling!

Southern Missouri

Battlefield

Population: 6,100
Median Home Value: $180,100

As we make our way to the southern portion of Missouri, we land in Battlefield. This small town of 6,100 is the #1 place to live in Green County. 81% of residents are homeowners, and the public schools rate above average.

With a rural feel, Battlefield is a safe, friendly, and close-knit community located less than 20 minutes south of Springfield (which provides a variety of opportunities for work, fun, and education). It is also considered the first “Autism Friendly” area in the state. Top public schools serving the Battlefield area include Wilson’s Creek Intermediate School, Kickapoo High School, McCulloch Elementary School, McBride Elementary School, and Republic High School.

Ideal for young families and professionals – the median age is just 35 years – Battlefield is a quiet place to live within throwing distance of Springfield, MO.

Nixa

Population: 21,000
Median Home Value: $179,800

Nixa, considered one of the top suburbs in the Springfield area, is a small city of 21,000 situated in Christian County. Two-thirds of residents own their homes, and the public schools rank well.

As one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Nixa is a master-planned community that offers low cost of living, outstanding schools, and low crime. Like Battlefield, Nixa is a short drive south of Springfield, which offers fast commutes and an assortment of attractions. It is also close to the Branson Lakes area.

Top public schools serving the Nixa area include Nicholas A. Inman Intermediate School, Century Elementary School, Nixa Junior High School, South Elementary School, and East Elementary School.

Home to several nice parks, beautiful homes, a community center, and a host of other amenities, Nixa is a great place to raise a family and (as the slogan says) “The Progressive Choice of the Ozarks.”

Springfield

Population: 167,000
Median Home Value: $147,000

Called the “Queen City of the Ozarks,” Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri (behind Kansas City and St. Louis) and serves as the metro center of southwestern Missouri. It is an energizing place to work and live, particularly for younger people attending school or starting their careers.

Home to several universities and colleges, Springfield is a college town offering inexpensive housing (with a median listing price of $160K), great opportunities (both for work and education), shopping & attractions (including Farmers Park and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World store), outdoor fun (100+ city parks, 70 miles of walking / biking trails, the Springfield Conservation Nature Center, and more), events (like the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival and Artsfest), a historic downtown, and the list goes on. 

Top public schools in Springfield are Central High School, Nixa Junior High School, South Elementary School, Willard Central Elementary School, and Upper Elementary School. Local private schools include Greenwood Laboratory School, Springfield Catholic High School, New Covenant Academy, The Summit Preparatory School, and Immaculate Conception School. A college town, Springfield is also home to Drury University, Missouri State University, Evangel University, Ozarks Technical Community College, and Baptist Bible College.

Are you looking for a small-town vibe with big-city benefits in southern Missouri? You’ve found it in Springfield!

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2-3 Months Before Moving Day

  • First, plan: Want a smooth moving experience? It begins with proper preparation. Give yourself (and anybody that’s going to help you) at least a two or three-month head start. Create a list of tasks, share your moving plans, and delegate duties. The sooner, the better.
  • Hire a MO moving company: Compare 3–5 fully licensed and insured candidates. As soon as you’ve narrowed it down, book one ASAP to ensure best rates and availability. Need a hand? Great Guys makes the process simple. Contact us today for a successful MO move.
  • Notify important parties: Do you rent? If so, tell your landlord ASAP. This notice will safeguard you from issues with your security deposit or extra charges. Do you own? Get a hold of a real estate pro to sell or lease out your place. Oh, and don’t forget to tell friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Prep kids: If you have children, take the time to explain the upcoming move. Use playtime or a story. Also, try to maintain their normal routines. This normalcy will help them feel safe and secure.
  • Create inventory & declutter: Decluttering (aka purging) is the best way to save space and money. To begin, take inventory of your household goods. Next, one room at a time, sort through your belongings. Place in piles or label which items you want to sell, donate, or keep.
  • Donate, sell, and recycle: Now that you’ve sorted through every space in your home, it’s time to unload some stuff. Sell online, donate to a thrift store or charity, or recycle disused items.
  • Tour your new area: If it’s doable, visit your new town or city. See what it has to offer: work, schools, churches, shopping, activities, events, etc. Make an adventure out of it!

1 Month Out

  • Start packing: DIY packing? Be sure to plan. Get your hands on plenty of boxes, tape, and other packing materials. Refrain from mixing items from different rooms. Tape and label every box. Want to save time, money, and energy? Our pro packers are cheap & efficient.
  • Update your mailing address: To do so, visit your local post office or go online to the USPS site. While you’re at it, update your information for subscription boxes and online services.
  • Turn off/on services: Have current utilities (including electric, gas, water, etc.) disconnected the day after you move. For new services and utilities (including internet, satellite, garbage, etc.), schedule to activate them by the time you arrive at your new home.
  • Transfer important records: These include prescriptions, school transcripts, and medical records. Also, be sure to have enough meds and prescriptions on hand during the moving process.

2 Weeks to Go

  • Have your vehicle serviced: If you’re planning on driving, take your car, truck, SUV, or van in for inspection and service (including oil change, tire rotation, and air conditioning check). 
  • Hire professional cleaners: It’s amazing what deep cleaning can do. Whether you rent or own, do yourself a favor: hire a pro cleaning crew to return your old place to its former glory.
  • Plan for pet transport: Is there a furry friend that can’t travel with you directly? No problem. There are special transport services available. The same goes for your prized plants.
  • Throw a moving sale: Even if you already performed a purge, there might still be several items you don’t want or need. Find them new homes, make a few bucks, and catch up with neighbors.
  • Check insurance coverage: Accidents happen. Protect your personal belongings with ample insurance coverage. To look over your options, contact your insurer and moving company.
  • Schedule care for kids and pets: Moving day is going to be a little crazy, and you will be distracted. To safeguard the little ones and your fur babies, be sure to schedule daycare, babysitting, and pet care. 
  • Celebrate your move: It’s a hectic time. Make sure to hang out with family and friends. Throw a party, plan a group activity, or schedule one-on-one time. You can spread whatever you choose to do over a single day, week, or month. Just be sure to commemorate your move!

Moving Week is Here

  • Finish packing: At this point, you should be pretty much packed up. If so, take this opportunity to create a first night box. It should contain everything you’ll need for the first day or two at your new place: meds, prescriptions, clothing, toiletries, bedding, snacks, toys, etc.
  • Confirm with the moving company: To make sure everyone’s on the same page, contact your moving company. Go over details, exchange contact numbers, and ask any questions.
  • Confirm travel arrangements: Flying? Double-check flight itinerary and luggage restrictions. Driving? Double-check the vehicle’s condition, driving route, and any accommodations.
  • Get some rest: Tomorrow’s moving day! Make sure to recharge your batteries. Try to stay in, relax, eat well, hydrate, and get plenty of sleep. You’ll need all the energy you can muster.

Moving Day

  • Meet up with moving crew: Try to be there when your movers arrive at your old place to help answer questions and to give any last-minute instructions.
  • Offer snacks: Don’t feel obliged to do this, but it is a nice gesture. Set your moving day off on a good start by providing a light snack and bottled water for the moving team.
  • Take one last tour: Okay, is everything packed up and loaded? Great! Now is the perfect time to perform a walkthrough. Keep an eye out for damages, messes, and any unnoticed items.
  • Enjoy the journey: Don’t forget this wise quote: “Life is a journey, not a destination.” It’s easy to laser focus on the end of the road. Take the time to enjoy the ride and scenery, too.

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