Have you ever been to Jefferson City? It is in the center of the state with St. Louis and Kansas City on opposite ends. It is a small town (just being the capital isn't enough, IMO) and being only 30 minutes from Columbia isn't really saying much, unless you're planning on going to visit Mizzou. I lived in St. Louis for some time, and went to Jeff City a few times. YOu really are looking at vastly different ends of the spectrum, here-live in DC with all that it has to offer or be "stuck" in Jeff City, which is quite literally in the middle of nowhere. I hope I haven't offended anyone-I loved living in Missouri-just wouldn't want to live in Jefferson City.
I hope you've at least gone to visit the city.