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A haven for outdoor lovers, art aficionados, and music enthusiasts, Seattle is an ideal option for people looking for independent living options with activities and amenities close by while still supporting their newest phase of life.

Independent living doesn’t provide the personal care or health assistance long-term care facilities offer but is ideal if you’re looking for a community feeling with amenities such as:

  • Meals and dining
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry services
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and planned day trips
  • Fitness centers

In this guide, you’ll learn about some of the best independent living communities in Seattle. With 37 facilities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Seattle (and an additional 39 communities in a 25-mile radius), there are options to fit several needs. You’ll also learn about cost and payment options, laws that guide independent living, and the types of services and amenities on offer in Seattle.

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Nestled in the heart of Pike Place Market is a treasure just waiting to be discovered — Heritage House at the Market. With panoramic views of Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains, Heritage House offers private apartments in a rich urban environment. Staffed 24 hours a day, Heritage House brings...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Convenient to retail shopping, public transportation, medical facilities and parks. Indoor community rooms and outdoor courtyards for recreation and relaxation. We have planned activities and events.
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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Our continuing care retirement community is home to nearly 250 residents who value independence and friendship, healthy living and quality care. The convenience, amenities and safety of a retirement community combine with the freedom of residing in your own home. With a prime location on Queen...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
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Nikkei Manor Assisted Living offers an inviting community for older adults who want to maintain a lifestyle of active choice. Free from worries about everyday tasks, our residents have the time to enjoy the friendship of a new neighbor, a visit from a grandchild, a gardening project on a sunny...
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Cannon House, with 100 assisted living units and 20 senior independent apartments, is located in the heart of Seattle's Central District. This modern, spacious facility was opened in 2002 with the intent to provide first rate and affordable services that would allow all seniors to remain close...
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A Victorian design complete with a lovely wraparound veranda and clock tower that overlooks Rodgers Park. Vintage charm continues when you step inside the door, from the grand winding staircase to The Boardwalk - complete with the Lotus Flower Yoga Studio, Grand Palace Theater, salt water pool,...
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
WELCOME TO PARK SHORE. A lakefront tower in Seattle's picturesque Madison Park neighborhood, Park Shore is an active, welcoming community with panoramic views of Lake Washington. We offer a full range of services to foster independent and healthy living. Unparalleled retirement living. After...
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This is a wonderful place to be. The staff does an excellent job at taking care of my loved one. Since coming to this community my loved one has thrived and that makes me very happy. Some of the staff here...
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
One of the most difficult times in a family's life is having to find a senior home for their beloved elderly family members. As people age, they require a type of care that isn't necessarily easy to tend to. They require a type of assistance that is there for every hour of the day. With the...
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Columbia Gardens at Rainier Court, a brand new, eco-friendly affordable senior living community in Rainier Valley, Seattle offers everything needed to keep active seniors connected to the diverse and vibrant community that surrounds them! From exciting biking and walking trails to recreational...
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Walking distance from banks, drugstores, grocery stores, library, movie theater, and much more! Close to the Light Rail service and on the bus line!
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Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Hearthstone is an assisted living community located in the beautiful neighborhood of Green Lake in Seattle, King County, Washington. Our scenic community overlooks lush green city parks and the calm waters of Green Lake, providing a natural oasis in the heart of the city. Seattle is a modern,...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Aegis Living redefines senior living with our new community in the hub of Ballard. Our warm and welcoming community will reflect the cozysmall-town feel of this unique neighborhood and seamlessly blend with a distinctly Northwest style and a nod to its Nordic heritage. Aegis Living Ballard will...
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Admiral Heights is located in the heart of West Seattle close to services, restaurants, parks and shopping. Our goal at Admiral Heights is to meet each residents needs while maintaining the highest level of choice and independence. Each resident selects a care program that is unique to their...
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
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About The MountThe Mount is a vibrant and innovative living care community in West Seattle for older adults that celebrates life, living, and individual capability. As a resident or patient, you will be treated with dignity and respect and empowered to work hand in hand with us to develop a plan...
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What families are saying about independent living in Seattle

Recent reviews for independent living in Seattle

Brookdale Everett

3.4
It's been fine here. Everyone here is about the same as the other buildings I've lived at. I'm very independent, so everyone pretty much leaves me alone. I'm happy here and feel good here.

Aegis of Kirkland

5.0
I can confidently rate Aegis of Kirkland a 5 out of 5. My brother and I found Aegis to be very clean in all the common areas as well as private areas. The food is excellent, and the staff is compassionate. They have several activities going on throughout the day. There is something that ...
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Harbour Pointe Senior Living in Mukilteo, WA

4.4
This is a nice community. The apartments are a nice size and roomy. They have a good list of activities for the residents to choose from. They have friendly front desk staff. My loved one seems to enjoy the food.

Costs of independent living in the Seattle area

The average monthly cost of independent living in our Seattle network of partners is $5,315 per month, according to proprietary data from A Place for Mom.[01] This cost includes associated fees and service add-ons. This is substantially higher than the national average cost of independent living, which sits at $3,376.[01]

Independent living offers a mix of amenities within the communities but also prioritizes residents’ desires to live as independently as they please. So, while you might see plenty of dining options, on-site barbers and beauty salons, community common areas, and activities, independent living also often provides full kitchens or kitchenettes in rooms, parking, and transportation so it is easy to participate in anything Seattle offers.

The following costs represent only Seattle’s baseline independent living costs, without any add-on fees.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Seattle, WA vs. nearby cities

Seattle, WA
$4,246/mo
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Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Seattle, WA vs. the state and national average

Seattle, WA
$4,246/mo
U.S. national average
$4,066/mo

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Seattle vs. other types of senior living

$5,293/mo
Independent Living
$4,246/mo

Median monthly costs of Independent Living in Seattle, WA by room type

Semi-Private
$4,791/mo
Studio
$4,762/mo
1 Bedroom
$5,614/mo
2 Bedroom
$7,829/mo
Detached Cottage/Bungalow
$10,905/mo

Average cost of Independent Living in Seattle over time

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How people pay for independent living in Seattle

While insurance programs like Medicaid or Medicare don’t cover independent living because they’re technically not senior care communities, there are ways you can use these resources to fund this new stage in life.

In this section, you will find some of the more common ways people pay for independent living, from private pay options and VA benefits to housing assistance and Medicare and Medicaid resources.

Private pay methods in Seattle

There are several private pay sources to fund the move to independent living. In addition to Social Security benefits, investment returns, and pensions, the following methods are also options:

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VA benefits for independent living in Seattle

Veterans who qualify can use the VA Pension to help with independent living costs. It is an option for some veterans who meet the income requirements set by Congress and who did not receive a dishonorable discharge.

There is also the Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit helps with any costs that improve qualified veterans’ quality of life. This benefit is paid out on top of the VA pension. It’s best to contact one of the local organizations listed below to help determine your eligibility status and guide you through the claims process.

Seattle has several local organizations certified as veterans service organizations (VSOs)  that support veterans through things like eligibility and claims assistance. Some even have their own financial assistance programs and other services, including transportation.

Applying for benefits can get complicated; as you start this process, we recommend touching base with some of the resources listed to ensure you’re getting the most out of your VA benefits. Many will have Veterans Service Officers who can help guide you.

23955

Number of veterans who live in Seattle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

About 46% of Seattle veterans are 65+, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Resources for Seattle veterans

Government offices

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
1102 Quince St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: 1-877-838-7787
Email: benefits@dva.wa.gov

King County Veterans Services Program
Department of Community and Human Services
9725 3rd Ave. NE, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206-263-8387
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Veterans organizations

Ballard Eagleson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3063
2812 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-782-8618
Email: adjutant@vfwseattle.org
Hours: Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The American Legion Department of Washington
3600 Ruddell Road SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-491-4373
Fax: 360-628-8364

Disabled American Veterans
915 Second Ave.
Room 1040
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 206-341-8267
Phone: 1-888-604-0234
Hours (by appointment only): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Seattle Public Library Veterans Services
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-386-4636
Hours: Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Seattle Medicaid and Medicare for independent living

Both Medicaid, which is known as Apple Health in Washington, and Medicare can’t be used for housing costs associated with independent living. Still, they will pay for certain in-home healthcare services.

The Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program, through Apple Health, will cover in-home care, while Medicare Part A and Part B cover short-term care needs for people over the age of 65. Medicare coverage includes services like:

  • Occupational and speech therapy
  • Medical social services
  • Part-time home health aid services
  • Occasional skilled nursing care

For help with Medicaid-related costs, programs like the Pharmaceutical Assistance Program are on hand to help with prescription costs. The Medicare Savings Program program supports Medicare premiums but is offered through Washington’s Medicaid program, Apple Health.

For support with Medicare, the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) can assist people applying for Medicare benefits. The Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program serves as a safeguard for any complaints, grievances, or questions about the appeals process for people in long-term care communities.

The additional resources below can also help you determine eligibility and provide support. Washington’s Community Living Connections (CLC) Network can help seniors find benefits that might suit their situations and connect them with the right person who can help.

Seattle Medicaid and Medicare resources

Medicaid resources

Washington Apple Health626 8th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 800-562-3022
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Medicare resources

Seattle Social Security Administration
Suite 901
915 Second Ave.
Seattle, WA 98174
Phone: 1-800-772-1213
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors
1501 N 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: 206-753-4806
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Providence ElderPlace (PACE)
4515 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-320-5325
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Medicare and Medicaid assistance

Aging and Long-Term Support Administration
1737 Airport Way S, Suite 130
Seattle, WA 98134
Phone: 206-341-7600
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
1200 S 336th St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Phone: 206-623-0816

Understand Washington laws and regulations for independent living communities

Because independent living communities aren’t classified as healthcare facilities, they aren’t subject to the same licensing or regulatory oversight that communities like assisted living face. However, because some independent living communities provide services like transportation or dining, they may need to obtain licenses for those specific services.

You may also find your independent living community has a minimum age requirement. This is up to the authority of the community itself, but the minimum age is typically between 55 and 62 years old.

While independent living may not have the same licensing that other long-term care facilities require, they do have to comply with several state and federal laws that protect your rights as a renter.

Additionally, there are maintenance and safety requirements everyone, no matter what type of accommodation they’re in, is entitled to. This includes adequate heat, hot water, plumbing, fire equipment, and timely repairs of anything that is broken. For more in-depth information, consider reading through these resources:

Washington Department of Health contact information

Washington State Department of Health
111 Israel Rd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501
Phone: 800-525-0127
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Seattle independent living communities

While standalone independent living facilities do not have to adhere to any COVID-19 guidelines, most of Seattle’s independent living communities are part of more extensive assisted living or memory care facilities, so you may find COVID-19 guidelines being practiced.

For independent living facilities that are part of another community regulated by the Department of Health, expect guidelines that follow the CDC and the Washington Department of Health’s Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings.[02]

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Vaccinations. Up-to-date vaccinations and boosters are recommended for staff and residents.

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Masking. If appropriate, staff should wear well-fitting masks.

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Facility cleanliness. Ventilation and filtration should be optimized. Dedicated medical equipment should be used when caring for a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. Additionally, routine cleaning and disinfection are recommended.

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Quarantining. The movement of people with COVID-19 should be limited to medically necessary reasons.

Types of independent living in Seattle

Seattle is an ideal place to live if you value independence. The ninth most walkable city in the United States, Seattle is an excellent option for independent people who enjoy their social life and want to stay as active as they can.[04] Whether it’s shopping at Pike Place Market, participating in one of the many local community groups, or adventuring out to Mount Rainier for the day, there’s something for many different lifestyles.

Easy ways to maintain an active lifestyle

Residents of independent living communities in Seattle can expect a number of amenities, most of which center around remaining active and keeping up with hobbies. Of our 37 partner communities:

  • 78% have arts and crafts centers
  • 76% have game rooms
  • 78% have movie or theater rooms
  • 19% have swimming pools
  • 97% have pianos or organs
  • 78% have garden beds
  • 97% have libraries.

For people who like to spend time outside, almost all of our listings have outside patios.[01]

Seattle’s independent living communities make it easy to get out and enjoy the city, as 97% are conveniently located next to public transportation. In addition, all of our listings offer complimentary transportation.[01]

Each facility offers different amenities and services, which is why our senior living advisors are available to arrange tours for any seniors interested in specific locations.

A variety of care levels to choose from

Many independent living communities in Seattle offer multiple levels of care. That’s because the majority of them aren’t standalone independent living communities. Most of our listings offer a combination of independent living and assisted living or a combination of independent living, assisted living, and memory care.[01] Communities that combine independent living, assisted living, and memory care are progressive in the market and, therefore, great options for care seekers in Seattle.

These types of facilities make it easy to go from an independent lifestyle to one that requires more support and health care. In other words, they allow residents to age in place. As their health needs change, so do their care options. Later in life, care needs can change often. If you know you want to stay in one place rather than move to different locations as your needs fluctuate, these kinds of combination communities are excellent choices.

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Unfamiliar with Seattle? Highlights for seniors

92046

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Seattle, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

13%

Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Seattle population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

64944

Median annual income for Seattle seniors 65 and older, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

Health care for seniors in Seattle

Seattle has many health care options, from high-ranking hospitals and primary care options to specialty clinics.

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University of Washington Medical Center

Named one of the best hospitals in the nation, UW Medical Center currently ranks in seven specialties. This teaching hospital is particularly well known for its cancer care, nephrology, and urology.

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Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Virginia Mason is known for taking a patient-centered approach to its healthcare. Its specialties include orthopedic care, cancer care, and digestive disorder programs.

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Overlake Medical Center

Just 10 miles from downtown Seattle, Bellevue-based Overlake Medical Center offers a wide range of healthcare services and is s rated as high performing in 13 adult procedures.

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Providence Regional Medical Center

Named by U.S. News and World Report as the best Seattle Metro hospital, this general medical and surgical center has two Seattle locations.

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University of Washington Senior Care Clinic

Offering a range of services and prioritizing patients over the age of 75, this clinic is part of UW Medical Center and specializes in primary care, palliative care, and memory care.

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Seattle VA Medical Center

Seattle’s VA Medical Center serves the veteran community and offers a number of specialty health services, senior care, and primary care.

Transportation for seniors in Seattle

While most of Seattle’s independent living communities have on-site parking and offer transport services, there are also several public transport options in Seattle.

The city has heavily invested in streetcars, buses, and ferries, and a new light rail serves downtown Seattle and Seattle-Tacoma Airport. Beyond public transportation and any services independent living facilities offer, there are a variety of community-led initiatives to help seniors get around.

Seattle is the ninth most walkable city in the U.S.[04] You can map out a route for walking with the help of this Seattle Department of Transportation website. Walk, transit, and bike scores are graded from one to 100 and measure the ease at which a person could go about their daily lives using the walk and bike paths available as well as public transportation.

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Senior activities in Seattle

Nestled between the Puget Sound and the immense Mount Rainier, Seattle is ideal for people who love the outdoors. It has some of the best parks and trails, and the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department offers a full calendar of events, including senior-specific activities for those who want to meet new people or have fun with friends and family.

The arts, theater, and music communities are also thriving in Seattle — from the Chihuly Garden and Glass to the Fifth Avenue Theatre and beyond. The online event guide EverOut lists dozens of theater and music recommendations if you have an evening to fill, while there are also several fun museums to take in. The Museum of Flight, Museum of Pop Culture, and the Seattle Art Museum all have high ratings and offer senior discounts and accommodations for various levels of mobility.

Seattle is home to a number of professional sports teams, so it’s easy to go to a game almost any time of year. Head to T-Mobile park for a Mariners game, Lumen Field for a Seahawks game, or the Climate Pledge Arena for a Kraken or Seattle Storm game. For pro soccer fans, the Seattle Sounders might be the right choice for you.

A short drive out of the city you will find two casinos, each offering something a little different. North of Seattle is Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort, which also has golf and spa services, making it a great destination for a weekend away for groups with multiple interests. South of the city, you’ll find Muckleshoot Casino, which has the largest smoke-free area for table games in the state.

Seniors centers and senior-specific groups abound to connect like-minded seniors for activities or day trips Here are some of the most popular groups and senior centers in Seattle:

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Revel Issaquah, Cogir of Kent and Merrill Gardens at Tukwila are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Seattle, WA. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Seattle is $4,246 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. Washington State Department of Health. (2022). Interim Recommendations for SARS-CoV-2 Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings

  3. Centers for Disease Control. (2022, September 23). Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC.

  4. Walk Score. (2021). 2021 City & Neighborhood Ranking.

  5. U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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Centers for Disease Control. (2022, September 23). Infection Control: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CDC.

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Walk Score. (2021). 2021 City & Neighborhood Ranking.

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U.S. News. (2023). U.S. News Best Hospitals. U.S. News & World Report L.P.