Business Beat: Moberly's affordable housing, pheasants lose grassland to farms

Nov 27, 2013

The city of Moberly made a Yahoo Homes top ten list of the nation’s cheapest markets for family homes. The report says the average listing of a four bedroom, two bathroom house is just under 100 thousand dollars. In comparison, the most expensive place to buy a home in the U.S. is Malibu, California which has an average price of more than 2 million dollars.

Director for the Moberly Chamber of Commerce Debbie Miller says Moberly is an affordable place to live because it is predominantly a rural area; but, the city is in close proximity to larger metro areas.

She says there is a good mix of people who both rent and own homes. She also says the city draws a general conglomeration of all age groups. Missouri appears three times of the top 25 most affordable housing markets. Kansas City and Aurora rank 21st and 25th respectively. 

As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants and other grassland birds – like quail and prairie chickens – has become increasingly scarce. As Harvest Public Media’s Grant Gerlock reports, changing the prairie is having dire consequences for some of the animals that have long called it home.