Assisted Living in Iowa

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.

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Iowa Assisted Living Regulations

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.

Cost of Living

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.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 92
  • Groceries: 96
  • Housing: 80
  • Utilities: 95
  • Transportation: 96

Demographics

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.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 42% voted Democratic
  • 51% voted Republican
  • 7% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 38
  • Over the age of 55: 30%
  • 2018 population: 3,156,145
  • 2020 population: 3,181,310
  • Estimated 2025 population: 3,245,106

Miscellaneous

  • 36% regularly attend a religious service
  • 34% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 5,107 congregations
  • There are 289 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

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.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 72%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (July)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 41 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 54 in May (Moderate)

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.

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 48°F
  • Average summer temperature: 72°F
  • Typical summer high: 88°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 55°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 22°F
  • Typical winter high: 40°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 4°F (January)

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