Top 13 Small Cities In Missouri


Jefferson City
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The song dedicated to the state’s most famous city could just have easily have gone ‘meet me in Missouri!’ Features some of the most diverse geography in the United States, Missouri is home to the Dissected Till Plains, Ozark Mountains, three of North America’s greatest rivers – the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio – and the starting points for the Pony Express, Santa Fe and Oregon trails all lying within its borders.

Wondering which are the top small cities to live in The Show-Me State? Let us show you our definitive ranking of top small cities in Missouri.

13. Jefferson City

According to Rand McNally, Jefferson City is the most beautiful small town in the United States. By taking a closer look at what Jefferson City has to offer, it is not hard to see why the town earned this distinction. Named after former President Thomas Jefferson, the city’s lovely main street, amazing view of the Missouri River and remarkable historical architecture are enough to capture the attention of residents and visitors alike.

Jefferson City is located in the center of the state in an area that’s well known for its wine production. The region was first settled by an ancient people known as the Mound Builders and then later by the Osage Indians. European settlers who arrived afterwards named the city Lohman’sLanding.

It was subsequently renamed Missouriopolis after Missouri’s legislature made the city their capital in the early 1820s. Several years later, the name was changed once again, this time to Jefferson City, a name which has remained to this day.

Jefferson City is the current capital of Missouri with a population of just over 43,000 residents. Despite its small size, it is actually the fifteenth largest city in the state. The construction of Still Hospital and the infamous Missouri State Penitentiary has helped Jefferson City to grow from a small agricultural village into an actual city.

According to City Data, unemployment currently stands at just under 6%, a figure which would spark the envy of many other towns across the country. The state government of Missouri is by far the largest employer in town.


The city has been home to many famous politicians, sports players and other notable individuals. Some prominent people who were born and raised in Jefferson City include Cedric the Entertainer, Maya Moore, Shaman’s Harvest, John Opel and James T. Blair Jr.