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Senior Living Cost Index

Based on actual rent and care costs

Our free Cost Index is based on what families actually spend, not surveyed list prices.

Available in over
2,000 US cities & towns

We estimate the range of Senior Living costs in over 2,000 cities and metropolitan areas.

Track costs by region and care type

Make better plans by knowing how costs for each type of care are changing in your region.

The Senior Living Cost Index helps families plan for the costs of senior living

The Cost Index draws on our large database of families that have moved into senior living and assisted living homes between 2012 and 2015. It is the only free data source of its kind.

Senior Living Cost Planner
Cities & Metros
Key Trends

Our Cost Planner helps families plan for future senior living expenses by providing cost and cost growth estimates in their area.


Choose your city below to learn more about the lowest, median and highest costs in your area. In some cases, moving just a few miles away can save you and your family a lot of money.

How much does senior living cost in your city or state?

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Moving to an outlying city in the same metropolitan area often provides significant savings. In addition to cost, consider proximity to your family and their access to you. Can they easily commute for weekday visits? Use the Cost Planner tools to find that balance.


Click on your state below to see its median costs and recent cost growth rate. You may save money by moving to a nearby state. Consult with a tax advisor if different tax rules apply in those nearby states.


This chart shows you the median cost of senior living in the four major regions of the U.S. If you have loved ones in other parts of the country, consider the price in their region as well as your own before planning a move.

Median Monthly Senior Living Costs in 2015

Hover over data to see how costs changed from 2014 to 2015.


It’s not always easy to know what kind of living environment you need. Many communities offer a spectrum of care, saving you a costly move if your care needs change. Here is a summary of care types, who they fit best, and the kinds of amenities likely to be included in your monthly costs.

Independent Living

For independent seniors seeking community

  • Individual apartments
  • Transportation services
  • Up to 3 meals per day
  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Some in-home assistance

    Assisted Living

    For seniors who need daily assistance with personal care

    • Private and semi-private suites
    • Medication management
    • Assistance with personal care
    • All meals and housekeeping
    • 24-hour access to caregivers

    Memory Care

    For seniors with moderate to advanced cognitive impairment

    • Assisted living with specialized memory care services and programming
    • Specialized training for staff
    • Secured environments

    In addition to the included items above, senior living communities offer lifestyle amenities such as:

    • Planned activities and outings
    • Exercise and wellness programs
    • Pet-friendly options
    • Spiritual programs, and more…

    These are examples of typical services offered by senior living providers. Each community is unique. It’s important to find one that suits you best. Amenities and services vary by community.

    Anticipate Your Needs

    Some assisted living communities offer higher levels of medical access and therapies as you need them. For example, some assisted living communities offer memory care without moving residents into other living quarters. Anticipating your future care needs can be as important as understanding what you need today.

    Ask communities what is included in their monthly costs, as well as whether they offer higher levels of care in case your needs change. Staying in one place can be a cost savings, as well as an emotional comfort to you and family.


    In some regions, like the South, costs are rising faster than others. This information can help you when signing long-term lease agreements. Signing a lease for a longer term in a quickly escalating region can save you money over several years.

    Annual Growth of Senior Living Costs 2012-2015

    Growth in 2012 over 2011 and 2015 over 2014 are labeled.

    Whether your search for senior living has just begun, or you expect to move into a different care type in the near future, this information can help you decide on your best option. Cost, location and of course, the unique personality of each community are all key factors in your decision. Understanding the type of care you need, the location you desire, and the cost range in that area prepares you prior to visiting communities.


    Click here to download

    To help families prepare, A Place for Mom created a comprehensive workbook called the Senior Living Planning Guide. The guide walks you through the major steps of choosing senior living based on your priorities. Download the guide and keep it with you at each step, from comparing communities to calculating costs, discussing options with family and coordinating your move. Once you understand your options, you can make better decisions. A Place for Mom is here to help you every step of the way.

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    Data and plots from the Senior Living Cost Index are free to use for your own purposes, but we ask that you cite the source following the guidelines below.

    • For data at the national or regional level, link your first reference to A Place for Mom
    • For data on a specific city or state, add a link to the specific city or state listings page (e.g., WA state or Seattle, WA)

    Citation Examples

    • According to A Place for Mom, the nation's largest senior living referral service, median senior living costs in the US..."
    • Senior living costs in Seattle, Washington are $300 higher than in the suburb of Federal Way according to A Place for Mom, the nation's largest senior living referral service.

    For questions about methods and data access, email the Data Scientists at A Place for Mom or give us a shoutout on Twitter or Medium.


    (Find a more technical description of our methods here.)

    The Senior Living Cost Index – developed in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Harris, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tennessee – is based on actual rent and care charges collected from referred family move-ins to A Place for Mom community partners. National and regional median costs and growth estimates are based on communities with at least one move-in for a given care type two years in a row. The index reports the median cost and year over year changes across communities based on their annual median move-in charges for each care type.

    City, metro and state estimates are based on a proprietary machine-learning algorithm that models inflation-adjusted move-in charges (in 2015 dollars) during 2014 and 2015. Zip codes with a small number of move-ins borrow information about costs from other zip codes with either similar median household income or geographic proximity. Cost estimates in each location are a weighted average of zip code-level estimates. Zip-code weights are based on 2014 American Community Survey population counts of persons over age 55.

    Texas and Oklahoma estimates are unavailable as APFM does not collect monthly care and rent charges due to state regulations.

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