Families considering senior living options in Mississippi will be greeted by warm temperatures and a landscape defined by the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. Elevation is low throughout the state, with some small hills in the northeast section. The state’s climate becomes increasingly tropical as you travel south toward the beaches of Bay St. Louis along the Gulf Coast. Along with the Southern charm of its cities like Jackson and Biloxi, Mississippi’s pleasant weather and affordable living costs — the lowest of any U.S. state — make the Magnolia State an ideal retirement destination.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Mississippi is about $2,200. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since care homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Mississippi.
In Mississippi, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or fewer. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, the cost of living in Mississippi is considered to be much more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Mississippi’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Mississippi leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like Jackson, tend to be more progressive.
Like much of the U.S. Deep South, Mississippi has a humid subtropical climate. This means the state has long, hot summers and short, mild winters resembling an extended autumn. Temperatures tend to be noticeably warm during winter along Mississippi’s southern coastline with the Gulf of Mexico. Humidity is high all year throughout the state, but the increased humidity in the state’s southern region near the Gulf also brings more annual precipitation compared to Mississippi’s northern counties. Substantial snowfall is rare, but the state receives plenty of rain and severe weather including thunderstorms and tornadoes. Flooding is common throughout the state, particularly along the Mississippi River, which makes up the state’s entire western border. Given its location on the north end of the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi is also prone to tropical storms and hurricanes during late spring and summer months when ocean waters are warmest.