Local roots run strong in this city settled by some of America's wildest characters. Besides its well-known history of being the second home of ragtime's greatest musician, Scott Joplin, Sedalia also has a more infamous history. Once known as the "Sodom and Gomorrah of the 19th Century", this little city was run by the brothel business during its early days. Prostitutes wielded more power than politicians, and the rough-and-tumble travelers who settled down here helped create a culture far from ordinary. Interestingly, or ironically enough, the birth of the Boy Scouts of America took place in Sedalia as well, with its first troop formed in 1909, a year before the organization was officially chartered.
Today, many historic buildings from these olden days still stand, giving the local atmosphere a nice touch of colorful nostalgia. The prostitutes are long gone, however, its more family-oriented characteristics are still standing strong. Boy scouts are still scouting, ragtime is still celebrated, and daily life is only getting better. All this culture and history comes at a fair price, too. With rental rates ranging from $300 to $1,000, you can find a wide selection of cheap apartments, townhomes, duplexes, and houses for rent.
Those moving from larger metropolitan areas should be warned that most rental properties in Sedalia are lacking in luxury amenities. The most you can expect as far as property amenities go is a parking spot and sometimes a yard. There are no fitness centers or saunas here, however, if you want to sweat you could just walk outside on a hot summer day.
Pet owners will be happy to know that most of the local rentals are pet friendly. While many dog friendly apartments in Sedalia have weight limits, those with big dogs can find dog friendly rentals in one of the many houses for rent.
While the pace of life here is nice and laid back, there is an occasional spout of wild weather to worry about. In 2011, a large tornado tore through local homes and businesses. Spring is the time of rough weather, intense thunderstorms, and every once in a while, a killer tornado. What we’re trying to say is you should keep a watchful eye on the weather and know where to go when there are tornado warnings. Oh, and a little renter's insurance couldn't hurt either (it usually costs less than $20 per month).
So, that's the Sedalia life for you. Best of luck, and happy home hunting!