Guidelines for Using this Data
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 and citation examples below.
For data at the national or regional level, link your first reference to A Place For Mom
"According to A Place For Mom, the nation's largest senior living referral service, median senior living costs in the US..."
For data on a specific city or state, link to the specific city or state listing page(e.g., WA state or Seattle, WA)
"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."
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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 medium cost and year over year changes across communities based on their annual medium move-in charges for each each 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 form other zip cod-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