If you're planning to move to Missouri from out of state or are already a resident of the Show-Me State who's looking to move to another area, larger cities such as St. Louis or Jefferson City probably come to mind. Those are certainly popular places to live but don't overlook the state's charming small towns. They have many amenities to offer, such as scenic views and access to state parks, and they're often located within an hour or less of a major city.
Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following small towns in Missouri you'll want to move to in 2022:
Located about 50 minutes west of downtown St. Louis, Washington is the largest community between St. Louis County and Jefferson City. It's situated on the Missouri River's most southern point and is also at the junction of state highways 100 and 47. The town was officially founded in 1839, but settlers were already living in the area when Lewis and Clark started their westward expedition in 1804.
Washington has a population of a little over 14,000 people, and it's known as the "corncob pipe capital of the world" since it's home to Missouri Meerschaum, which manufactures the pipes. It's also known for its museums, wineries, theaters, shops, festivals, and more, making Washington homes for sale part of a vibrant community. The unemployment rate is lower than the U.S. average, as is its cost of living, further making Washington an attractive place to call home.
Farmington is located in St. Francois County, about 60 miles south of St. Louis at the edge of the beautiful Ozark Mountains, and close to 20,000 people call it home. Established in 1822 as Murphy's Settlement, the town was called St. Francois Court House for a brief time when the county was organized and was later named Farmington.
It's close to several state parks and has its own city park system, so residents have abundant opportunities to camp, fish, swim, bicycle ride, hike, play disc golf, and more. Attractions such as Bonne Terre Mine, the Farmington Waterpark & Splash Pad, and Farmington Skate Park provide plenty of entertainment near Farmington homes for sale. Residents also enjoy browsing in the unique shops in the historic downtown area.
Hermann is located in Gasconade County, south of the Missouri River and tucked away in the Missouri River Valley.
The town's Old World Charm still exists and is very evident in many Hermann homes for sale, with much of downtown consisting of a historic district with brick buildings from the 1800s. The buildings hug the sidewalk, just as they do in Germany. Hermann has a scenic Wine Trail that features seven family-owned local wineries that produce a third of the state's wine. Residents also enjoy the town's many shops, museums, and festivals, and about 2,400 people make this charming picturebook town their home.
Contact us to see St. Louis homes for sale or to visit homes in some of Missouri's small towns. Our highly trained agents are happy to help you navigate the process of buying or selling a home.