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San Francisco Senior Living Resources

San Francisco is an iconic West Coast city that is home to world-class medical facilities, a diverse cultural scene and an enviable year-round coastal climate. Those who are looking for senior living in San Francisco will find options ranging from affordable group settings to high-end, resort style adult communities. With its distinctive neighborhoods, abundance of public parks and natural beauty, San Francisco is the perfect place to call home.

Cost of Senior Living in San Francisco, CA

Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, San Francisco hosts surprisingly affordable senior least when compared to other cities in its metropolitan area. Senior living costs are highest in Lafayette, where the median income is three times the national average. San Carlos, an affluent suburb to the north of Redwood City, is the second most expensive. The rest of the top five most expensive cities for senior living are similarly affluent Bay Area suburbs, according to the Senior Living Cost Index at A Place for Mom.

Oakland is the fifth least expensive city for senior living in the area in spite of recent economic growth. The progressive city of Berkeley comes in second, followed by Emeryville - another outlying city experiencing healthy job growth. San Pablo boast the least expensive assisted living costs in the metro region, but only marginally behind Berkeley.

How Senior Living Costs Compare to Residential Real Estate

  • Home prices in the San Francisco area increased by 14.8% from 2014 to 2015 according to Redfin, a national real estate brokerage.
  • Senior living costs increased by 3.6% in the state of California during that same period.
  • Homes in the San Francisco area stayed on market for an average of 19 days in 2015.

Median Monthly Senior Living Costs In San Francisco, California

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San Francisco


Five Most Expensive Cities for Senior Living in the San Francisco Area (Monthly)

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San Carlos
Mill Valley

Five Least Expensive Cities for Senior Living in the San Francisco Area (Monthly)

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Assisted Living

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San Pablo

Local Insights

Median Senior Living Costs

San Francisco, CA

Senior Living in San Francisco, CA is:

  • 0.3% less expensive than the state of California
  • 9.7% more expensive than the West region
  • 10.1% more expensive than the nation as a whole
Use our Senior Living Cost Index to learn more about senior living costs in your area.

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