Iowa is often referred to as the “Land of the Rolling Prairie” due to the immense and fertile plains that cover the region. The state is famous for its farms, growing crops such as corn and soybeans. Iowa is more than just farmland, however – it’s home to many quaint, rural towns as well as larger cities such as Sioux City and Des Moines. Its varied landscape, relatively low cost of living, and proximity to large Midwestern cities such as Chicago and Minneapolis make Iowa a convenient location to call home and a great place to retire.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 100 senior living communities in Iowa that provide assisted living. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Iowa is about $4,200.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals: Health Facility Division. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Iowa is rated as high. You can use the state’s Entity Search page to research assisted living communities and their violation history.
When it comes to assisted living facilities, Iowa refers to them as Assisted Living Programs. A certified Assisted Living Program provides housing and services to three or more tenants in a homelike environment. Services may include, but are not limited to, health-related care, personal care, and assistance with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs). The program may also be designated as “Dementia-Specific,” if the facility houses 5 or more tenants with dementia.
Overall, the cost of living in Iowa is considered to be more affordable than the national average. Iowa has an extremely low housing cost with its index rated 20 points below the national average. Iowa’s economy is dependent on farming, and much of the state is rural farmland. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 15% of Iowa’s population are seniors. Iowa is considered a political swing state, and in the 2016 presidential election, Iowa leaned conservative. Over one-third of the state's population live in rural areas, and Iowa’s farmers raise nearly 20% of the country’s corn and soybean crop.
Iowa has a humid continental type of climate, with seasonal temperatures varying widely. The summers in Iowa tend to be hot and muggy, while the winters often drop below freezing with heavy snowfall. The average humidity level is around 70% peaking in the summer at about 85%. A vast majority of the state is farmland which contributes greatly to Iowa’s high relative humidity levels.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.