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After moving to Missouri, you’ll have the opportunity to see for yourself the country’s tallest National Monument (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis), and the Presidential Library of Harry S. Truman in the aptly named city of Independence. The Show-Me State got its nickname in 1899 when Missouri Congressman Willard Vandiver neatly summed up the […]
After moving to Missouri, you’ll have the opportunity to see for yourself the country’s tallest National Monument (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis), and the Presidential Library of Harry S. Truman in the aptly named city of Independence. The Show-Me State got its nickname in 1899 when Missouri Congressman Willard Vandiver neatly summed up the healthy skepticism of his home, saying, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”
Moving to Missouri? The following tips will help make your transition safe and efficient.
You don’t need a moving permit in Missouri.
Missouri experiences extreme weather, with hot and humid summers and cold winters. If possible, try to plan your moving date for spring or fall to avoid these extremes.
Tornadoes are a very real threat in Missouri year-round. Make sure to check the weather report daily, and when you’re driving, listen to a local station. If you hear a tornado warning, seek cover immediately. Also, go over your emergency plan with your loved ones. Discuss how to evacuate and where to meet if you get separated.
Whether you’re buying or renting a home when moving to MO, check that it has a storm shelter or there’s one nearby. In addition, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.
Before moving to MO, use the USPS online change of address form so you don’t have to wait weeks for your mail to arrive.
In general, people in Missouri are helpful and friendly, so if you need information or assistance, just ask. If they can’t help you, they’ll usually try to find somebody who can!
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Moving to Missouri means moving to a state where half of the entire population resides in the two largest cities, while the rural areas remain quiet and calm. You can move to Jefferson City, the state capital located on the edge of the Missouri Rhineland wine country; or to Kansas City, the business hub. St. Louis has the famous Gateway Arch, and there’s Springfield, with its many historic sites, and Columbia, the liberal college town. Other places to consider include St. Charles, St. Peters, Independence, O’Fallon and St. Joseph.
There’s good news for anybody thinking about moving to MO: the cost of living in Missouri is almost 20 percent lower than the US average. In fact, in the last quarter of 2011, the cost of living in Missouri was ranked fourteenth lowest in the entire nation. This is most likely due to the low costs of housing, grocery items and other goods. In addition, over 50 percent of all students in the state receive some form of state funding for their education, which reduces costs significantly for households (the average household in Missouri earns an income of $40,885 per year).
After moving to Missouri, you’ll find that its humid continental climate is heavily influenced by cold Arctic air and hot, humid air coming off the Gulf of Mexico. There are no moderating geographical features such as mountains or large lakes here, so the state experiences extreme weather.
Hot summers and cold winters are the norm, with an average daytime temperature in the summer of around 89 degrees Fahrenheit, while during the colder months, the temperature is on average 38 degrees Fahrenheit during the day. When moving to MO, be aware that severe thunderstorms, as well as powerful tornadoes, are frequent occurrences.
If you’re moving to Missouri with your children, rest assured that there are some good educational institutions for students of all ages. These are some of the most notable:
If you’re looking for the most up-to-date information about living and working in Missouri, go to the Official Missouri State Website.