Assisted Living in Minnesota

Located on the banks of Lake Superior and at the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi river, Minnesota has earned the nickname “Land of 10,000 Lakes” for good reason. In fact, there are 11,842 lakes in the state that cover a total over 2.6 million acres. “The North Star State” is truly a nature lover’s paradise, filled with lakes, rivers, wide open prairies, and dense pine forests. Many locals enjoy fishing and hunting during the summer and snowmobiling and ice fishing during the winter. The state has a large Scandinavian influence and some residents have a unique accent, made famous in the Coen Brothers film “Fargo”. Minnesotans are often known for being “Minnesota Nice” – the locals tend to be very hospitable and friendly, and enjoy sharing each other's company over a home-cooked meal. Whether you’re a fan of relaxing in nature and enjoying outdoor recreation, or you’d prefer spending time in a major city like Minneapolis, Minnesota has something to offer everyone.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 400 senior living communities in Minnesota that provide assisted living. The median monthly cost of assisted living in Minnesota is about $4,400.

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Minnesota Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living communities in Minnesota are regulated by the Minnesota Department of Health. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in the state is rated as exceptional. You can use the Minnesota’s Health Care Provider Complaints database to research the violation history of an assisted living community.

In Minnesota, assisted living communities are licensed as Assisted Living Services. The actual services provided vary based on the community, and there is no standard definition for “assisted living”. Services may include, but are not limited to, daily meals, supportive services, health-related services, and oversight. Residents generally require help with activities of daily living (such as eating, bathing, and dressing) and reside in apartment buildings or other residential settings.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Minnesota is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. This is because the state has a relatively high grocery cost index due to much of the population living in rural areas. The region’s primary industry is agriculture, with the state producing large amounts of corn, soybeans, and dairy products. Minnesota used to be the largest producer of iron ore in the United States, however many of the mines located in the Iron Range have closed, and the state has switched much of its focus to clean and renewable energy production such as hydroelectric power and biofuels. Minnesota has a very large retail industry and is home to several major corporations as well as one of the largest shopping malls in the world, the Mall of America. The following index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 102
  • Groceries: 107
  • Housing: 88
  • Utilities: 97
  • Transportation: 104


About 15% of Minnesota’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Minnesota leaned slightly liberal. The more left-leaning parts of the state are located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, known locally as the Twin Cities. The rest of the state is quite rural and tends to vote conservative.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 46% voted Democratic
  • 45% voted Republican
  • 9% voted third party


  • Median age: 38
  • Over the age of 55: 29%
  • 2018 population: 5,611,179
  • 2020 population: 5,698,227
  • Estimated 2025 population: 5,921,800


  • 34% regularly attend a religious service
  • 44% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 5,953 congregations
  • There are 170 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Minnesota is classified as having a continental type of climate. The state experiences the widest temperature fluctuations in the continental United States, with the summer temperatures reaching above 100 F, and winter temperatures dropping as low as -25 F before wind chill is even calculated. Minnesota also receives high volumes of snow and rainfall, and the state experiences thunderstorms and tornadoes, especially during the summer. Minnesota has one of the largest concentrations of freshwater in the United States, and is known for having over 10,000 lakes, including Lake Superior – the largest freshwater lake in the country by surface area. The headwaters of the Mississippi river are also located in northern Minnesota and run all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 70%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 2”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 6” (June)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 34 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 43 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 42°F
  • Average summer temperature: 67°F
  • Typical summer high: 86°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 42°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 13°F
  • Typical winter high: 33°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: -11°F (January)

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