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Hotel President Apartments

500 Sycamore St, Waterloo, IA 50703

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Senior Living 55 and BetterHotel President Apartments is a senior 55+ community located in downtown Waterloo, Iowa. Hotel President is a nine story historical building built in 1929 and offers affordable studio and one bedroom apartments. Features include a community room with a small library,...

The Keystones of Cedar Rapids

6325 Rockwell Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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Keystone Cedars is a beautiful senior living community located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We pride ourselves in being one of the most up-to-date and active communities available for independent seniors in the state. We ensure that everyone who lives with us gets the best possible care that they can...

Hancock Apartments

1130 Hancock Drive, Boone, IA 50036

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Hancock Apartments is a senior housing complex located in the city of Boone which is the county seat of Boone County, Iowa. With a real community feel in a comfortable neighborhood, Hancock Apartments is a wonderful choice for your new place of residence. Boone is a small but interesting city...

Bristol Manor of Unionville

715 N 22nd Street/ Highway 5 North, Unionville, MO 63565

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Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our...

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Glenwood Place

2907 South 6th Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158

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At Glenwood Place, we know the difference between truly living life to its fullest and just getting by. In fact, we playfully and lovingly refer to our community as a 'cruise ship on land!' Our proven track record of excellent care and premier lifestyle is the perfect fit for any retiree. From...

The Rose of Ames

1315 Coconino Road, Ames, IA 50014

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The Rose of Ames independent living community is located in Ames, Iowa. The community has 56 units situated in a tranquil residential neighborhood on the border of Ames in Story County. It is also located in a part that has low crime rates making it quite safe for residents. The Mary Greeley...

Keystone Place at Forevergreen

1275 W Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty, IA 52317

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Discover Keystone Place at Forevergreen, a new rental independent living and assisted living community:* Monthly rental with no large entrance fee or buy in* Spacious, well-appointed one and two bedroom/two bathroom independent living apartment homes complete with full kitchens* Exceptional...

Vintage Cooperative of Altoona (Opening Late 2020)

1427 34th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009

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Westover Manor

205 40th Street Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

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Westover Manor is centrally located in a beautiful part of southeast Cedar Rapids, shaded by trees, occupied with wildlife and is close to a shopping and dining district. Westover Manor offers a variety of activities such as bingo, cards, senior friendly exercises, sewing, potlucks and occasional...

Woodlands Creek Senior Living

12675 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325

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At Woodlands Creek Active Retirement Community, we offer 3 different levels of care to meet our residents wants and needs ranging from independent living to memory care. Independent Living Woodlands Creek Independent Living opened in 2005 and expanded in 2008. Our independent living setting...

Oakwood Terrace

400 West Elm, Princeton, MO 64673

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Oakwood Terrace senior housing is in Princeton town, Mercer County, Missouri. The low-income housing is only a two-hour drive Northeast of Kansas City. The 55+ who are looking for convenient onsite accommodation will be attracted to our all bills paid 35 senior apartments. From our apartments,...

Benton Place Apartments

520 Benton Ave W, Albia, IA 52531

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Benton Place Apartments is an affordable and pleasant senior housing community located in the charming city of Albia in Monroe County, Iowa. Albia is a quiet but active community with friendly citizens. Albia hosts many different community events, such as shows and farmer's markets. Must-sees are...

Independence Village of Waukee

1650 SE Holiday Crest Circle, Waukee, IA 50263

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At Independence Village, everything we do is for you. From personalized services to help you make the most of every day to menus crafted with a mix of old favorites and new options, fulfilling your wants and needs is our highest priority. Our community offers independent living, assisted living,...

Rosewood Estate

1117 Maxhelen Blvd, Waterloo, IA 50701

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Bishop Drumm Retirement Center

5837 Winwood Dr, Johnston, IA 50131

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The Views of Cedar Rapids

3005 F Avenue Northwest, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

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The Views Senior Living is proud to be locally owned! For the last 14 years, The Views has built a reputation of trusted quality care as the premier assisted living provider in Cedar Rapids and innovative leaders in a one-of-a-kind healing design memory care program. Their current locations,...

Vintage Cooperative of Ames

5900 Hyde Ave, Ames, IA 50011

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Walden Place

2423 Walden Road, Iowa City, IA 52246

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Walden Place provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Situated on a hill overlooking the famous Mormon Trek Road, Walden Place offers you a scenic and vibrant community to explore and share. We are minutes away from downtown, outlet shopping, casinos and several...

Beaverdale Estates

4610 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

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Beaverdale Estates provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. What better place to make your home than in a happy, family-like community surrounded by all the things that make life rich. If you'd like to spend an afternoon out, you can travel a short ways toward...

Garnett Place

202 35th Street Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

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Garnett Place Retirement Community offers the best of both worlds! While close to shopping, medical services and entertainment, the community sits in a quiet, wooded area with natural surroundings and wildlife to view. Friendly, compassionate, and dedicated staff make Garnett Place easy to call...

The Estates of Pella (Opening Fall 2021)

2521 Washington St, Pella, IA 50219

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Lakeside Village

2067 Highway 4, Panora, IA 50216

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The Lakeside Village is an absolutely beautiful 64- apartment, senior living community located in Panora, Iowa right on the east side of Lake Panorama. The community is a wonderful choice for seniors who want to retain their much-needed independence, while not having to worry about the hassles of...

The Lodge of Ashworth, Inc.

909 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265

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The Lodge of Ashworth was the first resort retirement community to emerge in Iowa. The Lodge offers one, two and three bedroom suites with unique and interesting floor plans. The Lodge is close to shopping, churches, and community amenities and services. The resort setting and appeal of The...

The Tallcorn

2 North 2nd Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158

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CommonBond builds stable homes, strong futures, and vibrant communities. The Tallcorn has 49 affordable unique 1 & 2 bedroom urban loft style apartments. (minimum & maximum income qualifications apply)

Carlisle Center for Assisted Living

685 Cole Street, Carlisle, IA 50047

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Meadows Independent Living

1200 2nd St SW, Clarion, IA 50525

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Birkwood Village (Opening Fall 2021)

308 2nd Ave, Toledo, IA 52342

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Deerfield a CCRC

13731 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50323

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Bristol Manor of Princeton

200 N Fullerton Street, Princeton, MO 64673

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Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our...

Illahee Hills

8308 Colby Parkway, Urbandale, IA 50322

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Illahee Hills is a senior living community here in Urbandale that is kind of a hidden gem. We are located atop a hill in a quiet residential neighborhood. We have been here more than 25 years, and have employees that have been with us since we opened! Within walking distance we have a large...

Mallard Point

2603 Orchard Drive, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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Mallard Point provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Conveniently situated near Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Mallard Point offers something for everyone. And we're just minutes from shopping, golf and the Isle of Capri Casino. You'll love coming home to Mallard...

Attivo Trail

835 NE Boston Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263

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Find friendship, fun, activity and entertainment at the brand new Attivo Trail 55+ Active Living Apartment Homes in Waukee, Iowa. Fill your days doing the things you love, from spending time outdoors on our community trail to inviting friends over to relax in your stylish home. See our one and...

Bridges

214 Washington St, Waterloo, IA 50701

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Bridges is an independent living community based in the calm neighborhoods of Waterloo in Black Hawk County, IA. The lovely terrain and fresh atmosphere in which our community is located gives our residents a beautiful place to lead an independent life. Discover convenience and accessibility...

Virginia Park

2111 East Virginia Ave., Des Moines, IA 50320

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Virginia Park Apartments is a lovely, contemporary two-story building surrounded by a spacious, open lawn, which boasts mature trees and colorful flower gardens. This community is located just minutes from downtown Des Moines. Within walking distance is a grocery store and convenience store. The...

Bristol Manor of Bethany

811 S 24th Street, Bethany, MO 64424

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Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our...

Eden Acres Campus of Perry Lutheran Homes

1300 28th St, Perry, IA 50220

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Perry Lutheran Homes Eden Acres Campus is located on the rich plains of Perry, Iowa 25 miles NW of Des Moines. Eden Acres is like a close-nit community of extended friends and family and has been part of the Perry community since 1957.In 2014, we opened a new, 72,000 square feet nursing, memory...

Bristol Manor of Trenton

1701 E 28th Street, Trenton, MO 64683

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Services provided at no additional cost: Private room and private bath 3 nutritious meals per day and snacks Medication administration including insulin administration Housekeeping services Laundry service Activities Our company has been providing care for Seniors since 1990 when we built our...

Edencrest at Siena Hills

455 SW Ankeny Rd, Ankeny, IA 50023

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Edencrest at Siena Hills Assisted Living and Memory Care is your community of choice in Ankeny! We are committed to providing Red Carpet Treatment for everyone who lives, works, and visits Siena Hills. Red Carpet Treatment is more than simple hospitality; it is our way of life! Our 'Resident...

The Estates of North Liberty (Opening Summer 2021)

303 5th St, Ste 103, Coralville, IA 52241

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East Town Apartments

400 East 8th Street South, Newton, IA 50208

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Quiet Retirement Community for residents 55 and older.One and two bedroom spacious apartments. Safe, Fenced, well lite property. All Units come with Garage & Storage unit with all utilities included except electricity!

Cottage Grove Place, a CCRC

2115 1st Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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Cottage Grove Place is a continuing care retirement community dedicated to providing the highest-quality care to our residents. Our community offers independent living, assisted living, assisted living memory care, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation and low stimulus care; the right kind of care...

The Rose of Des Moines

1330 19th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314

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About The Rose of Des Moines The Rose of Des Moines offers one-bedroom and two-bedroom affordable assisted living in spacious private apartments with 24-hour monitoring and assisted living services available on-site and social programming in beautifully appointed community areas, including...

Brown Deer Place

1500 1st Ave, Coralville, IA 52241

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We want to make sure you feel comfortable and at home when you live with us at Brown Deer Place. Our Life Enrichment Program offers fun, engaging and purposeful activities that our residents want to participate in. Just ask us about Live 2B Healthy, Music Speaks or our other special events! ...

Independence Village of Pella

2602 Fifield Rd, Pella, IA 50219

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For over 25 years, Independence Village of Pella has created memorable moments with our residents and provided them with customized retirement experiences. Our mission is simple: make the absolute best experience each day for our residents and their families.Independent LivingWhen it comes to...

Edencrest at The Tuscany (Opening Summer 2021)

1600 8th St SE, Altoona, IA 50009

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We are a brand new community, summer of 2021, within an award winning brand. We will be the flagship community of the brand offering independent living, assisted living, closer care, and memory care. We will also offer garages, connected and detached. Our services will go much higher than most...

The Rose of East Des Moines

1331 Idaho Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

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The Rose of East Des Moines is an independent living community located in Des Moines, IA. Des Moines is a part of the counties of Polk and Warren. Centrally located in downtown Des Moines, residents have easy access to hospitals, parks, shopping, and fine dining. Just about anything residents...

Ramsey Village

1611 27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

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Ramsey Village Continuing Care Retirement Community located on 10-acres of beautiful landscapped land provides a full range of choices for today's seniors. Choosing a senior living community represents a lifestyle choice and we understand that our residents are choosing much more than a...

The Shores at Pleasant Hill

1500 Edgewater Drive, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

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Welcome to The Shores of Pleasant Hill.  We provide independent living, assisted living, and memory care — a flexible range of support, without a buy-in.  The building is remarkable; up on a hill, overlooking Copper Creek Lake.  Likewise, the interior has many comforts, and...

Edencrest at The Legacy

2901 Cedar St, Norwalk, IA 50211

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Edencrest at The Legacy is the fifth retirement living community in the Edencrest series, offering 40 apartments of Independent Living, Assisted Living, Closer Care and Memory Care to the Norwalk community. As a resident at The Legacy, you'll enjoy freedom of choice when it comes to our wide...

Swan Place

1024 E. 12th Street, Carroll, IA 51401

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Swan Place is located in the picturesque small town of Carroll, Iowa. We are on the east end of town just one block south of Northeast Park. Our beautiful community evokes images of country living, with its large front porch and white picket fence in front. We have two enclosed courtyards where...

Independent Living in Des Moines, IA

Independent living communities, also known simply as retirement communities in Des Moines, IA, are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Des Moines retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.


Cost of Independent Living in Des Moines, IA

The median monthly cost of independent living in Des Moines is about $2,124 in the city proper, and $2,115 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of Iowa is around $1,949.

For this type of senior living, Des Moines, IA offers many great options, and A Place for Mom can help you find the right one.


Learn More About Des Moines, IA

Cost of Living

Des Moines is considered to be much more affordable than other similarly sized cities. The cost-of-living index is rated 14 points below the national average and the grocery index is rated 7 points below the national average. All index scores are based on a sliding scale with the national average set at 100.

Cost-of-living indexGrocery indexMedian rentRent burdenMedian home valueMedian family incomeEstate tax8693$99218.4% spend over 30% of their income on rent$123,403$49,999The top inheritance tax rate is 15% and there is no exemption threshold

Local Hospitals

The top hospitals that service Des Moines include:

  • VA Central Iowa Health Care System – This government run community provides care to the region”s veterans. They offer acute care as well as specialized medical services including surgery, mental health care, and geriatric care.
  • MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center – Consistently ranked as the top hospital in the city and one of the best in the state, this community offers a range of services across 875 staffed beds.
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital – This community provides care to a total of 224 staffed beds. They offer emergency and trauma treatment, behavioral medicine, general surgery, critical care, and home health care.

Weather and Climate

Des Moines has a hot-summer humid continental type of climate. This means that the city experiences four distinct seasons with extreme high temperatures in the summer and extreme low temperatures in the winter. The summers are humid and in the winter the city receives a high volume of snowfall. On average, the humidity level for Des Moines is roughly 70%. The average humidity levels are highest during the month of December at roughly 75%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer tempTypical summer highTypical summer lowAverage winter tempTypical winter highTypical winter low76°F89°F (July)62°F (July)27°F39°F (February)14°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index ratingAverage maximum air quality index rating42 (Good)59 in the month of December (Moderate)

Moderate air quality conditions means that those who are unusually sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion.

Precipitation

Average monthly precipitationAverage maximum monthly precipitationAverage yearly snowfall3”7” (June)33”

Demographics and Values

Des Moines tends to lean liberal in most elections. This is due in part to the large population of college students that live there as well as the city being the capital of Iowa and the largest metropolitan area in the state.

2016 Presidential Election for Polk County

Voted DemocraticVoted RepublicanVoted Third Party51.74%40.38%7.89%

Population Statistics

Population metro areaPopulation city properPopulation densityPopulation trend481,222217,521952 people per square mileShrinking at a rate of -0.07%

Age

Median55+60+70+80+3423%10%5%3%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diplomaCollege degreeGraduate degree31%25%8%

Race & Ethnicity

AsianBlackHispanicNative AmericanPacific Islander or Native HawaiianWhiteTwo or more6.5%11.3%13.3%0.4%0.1%65.4%4%

Crime

Total crimesProperty crimes per 1,000 citizensViolent crimes per 1,000 citizens11,045447

Miscellaneous

UnemployedParticipate in the labor forceHave some form of disabilityLive in povertyWidowsVeterans7%71%14%18%6%6%

Des Moines is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community can participate in public life without fear of bigotry and discrimination.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

As the capital of Iowa, Des Moines combines midwest charm and metropolitan sensibilities to create a city that is filled with arts and culture. Dominating the skyline of the historic East Village neighborhood is the gold-domed Iowa State Capitol building. Located nearby is the Des Moines Art Center which houses a wide collection of contemporary works as well as the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The park is host to a number of annual events including the Des Moines Art Festival and the 80/35 Music Festival. The Downtown Farmers Market also features live music as well as local goods and produce. The Salisbury House and Gardens is another popular venue that also features tours of the estate that highlight the architecture, local history, and regional biodiversity.

For those who enjoy outdoor recreation there are a number of excellent parks located within the city limits. These include the Des Moines Water Park which features a beautiful garden filled with fountains and other water displays. Walnut Woods state park is one of the largest parks in the city, spanning over 260-acres and miles of walking trails. The Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens features a pagoda, ponds, and a large collection of sculptures and outdoor art exhibits. The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has outdoor and indoor gardens and a large geodesic dome.

Transportation

Mass transit is available in the city through the Des Moines Area Regional Transit authority or DART which operates 26 routes throughout the city and surrounding metropolitan areas. Greyhound buses also connect Des Moines with regional transit hubs in Minneapolis, Detroit, and Chicago.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in Iowa

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Meadows Independent Living, Bristol Manor of Trenton and Cottage Grove Place, a CCRC are the top rated independent living facilities near Des Moines, Iowa. See full list of communities.

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