Assisted Living in Wisconsin

Wisconsin sits in the northern portion of the Midwest and is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” due to the large number of cows that call the state home. Besides having great cheese, Wisconsin is known as a northern oasis, with many lakes and streams throughout the state. Popular local pastimes include fishing, boating, hunting, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Whether you prefer spending time outdoors or enjoy living in a large city like Milwaukee, Wisconsin has got you covered. Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 440 senior living communities in Wisconsin that provide assisted living.

How much does assisted living cost in Wisconsin? The median monthly cost of assisted living in the state is about $4,500.

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Wisconsin Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living communities are regulated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Wisconsin is rated as exceptional. You can use the state’s Division of Quality Assurance Provider Search to research the violation history of an assisted living community.

In Wisconsin, assisted living communities are often licensed as Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCACs). These communities provide each tenant with an independent apartment in a setting that is homelike and residential in character. They also make available personal, supportive, and nursing services that are appropriate to the needs, abilities, and references of individual tenants. These communities are obligated to operate in a manner that protects tenants' rights, respects tenant privacy, enhances tenant self-reliance, and supports tenant autonomy in decision-making, including the right to accept risk. RCACs consist of five or more independent apartments, each of which has an individual, lockable entrance and exit; a kitchen, including a stove; individual bathroom, sleeping, and living areas; and provide residents with up to 28 hours per week of personal, supportive, and nursing services.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Wisconsin is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The capital city of Madison and the city of Milwaukee are the most expensive areas in the state. The following index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 96
  • Groceries: 101
  • Housing: 91
  • Utilities: 99
  • Transportation: 98


About 17% of Wisconsin's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Republicans won the state by a very small margin. Madison is the most liberal city in the state, while much of the rural areas outside the larger cities are fairly conservative.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 47% voted Democratic
  • 47% voted Republican
  • 6% voted third party


  • Median age: 40
  • Over the age of 55: 31%
  • 2018 population: 5,813,568
  • 2020 population: 5,856,842
  • Estimated 2025 population: 5,966,442


  • 27% regularly attend a religious service
  • 44% consider themselves atheist, agnostic or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 6,078 congregations
  • There are 194 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Wisconsin has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and warm to hot summers. The state receives a large amount of snowfall, especially in the northern regions which border the Great Lakes. Much of Wisconsin is covered in lakes and the state has some of the highest concentrations of fresh water in the country. The average humidity level is around 70%, and humidity levels are often highest during August at about 80%.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 72%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 3”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 4” (August)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 39 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 53 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: 44°F
  • Average summer temperature: 68°F
  • Typical summer high: 86°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 46°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 19°F
  • Typical winter high: 35°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: -2°F (January)

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