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Expert Senior Living Advisors from A Place for Mom can help direct you to Independent Living communities. Together, we will find the perfect fit for your loved one, and we will provide direction and support as needed. We partner with 82 Independent Living communities in Madison and the surrounding area, so there are many options to choose from. A Place for Mom is the largest senior living referral service in North America, and we can help you make a good choice at no cost to you.

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The Waterford at Fitchburg

5440 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI 53711

(57 reviews)

1 Bed, 2 Bed

Get to know the warm, friendly environment at The Waterford at Fitchburg and you'll see how thoughtful amenities and world-class services come together in harmony. Residents at our Independent Living and Assisted Living community in Fitchburg, WI, are afforded the privacy and freedom to live a...

Brookdale Madison West

413 & 429 S. Yellowstone Drive, Madison, WI 53719

(54 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

A Beautiful Place to Call HomeImagine trading in your household chores and responsibilities for a lifestyle rich in quality friendships, exciting activities and personalized care. Wouldn’t that be the dream?Here at our assisted living and memory care community in Madison, Wisconsin, your dreams...

Heritage Monona

111 Owen Road, Monona, WI 53716

(48 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Within the doors of Heritage Monona, you'll find a warm and gentle community where daily assistance is provided with love and the utmost respect for the personal integrity of our residents. Our compassionate staff has been specially selected and carefully trained to serve with an open heart and a...

Avalon Assisted Living

2879 Fish Hatchery, Madison, WI 53713

(40 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

At Avalon Assisted Living Community, our mission is simple: creating environments where moments of joy, independence, and wellness are the focus each and every day. Avalon is the home of a unique, Balance Fitness program designed especially to strengthen the core muscles needed for improved...

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Wickshire Madison

1601 Wheeler Rd, Madison, WI 53704

(28 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, Semi-Private

We are continuing to Admit New Residents, where possible and appropriate, to help residents and families in need. We are offering Virtual Tours of our Community via Zoom, facetime, APFM community APP and Google Duo. If you're interested in learning more or want to get your Virtual tour set up let...

Madison Pointe Senior Living

705 Ziegler Rd, Madison, WI 53714

(23 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

At Madison Pointe Senior Living, we strive to provide each of our residents a caring, nurturing environment with dignified and respectful services at a special place that they are proud to call 'home'. We understand there is no greater comfort in life than being around people who care. Our team...

Sylvan Crossings of Fitchburg

5784 Chapel Valley Road, Madison, WI 53711

(19 reviews)


For family members, watching a loved one cope with the effects of Alzheimer's or other dementias can be difficult. We want to help. We conduct one-on-one counseling for families, as well as offer family training on redirection of their loved one, and can offer additional resources such as...

BrightStar Senior Living - Madison

6550 Schroeder Road, Madison, WI 53711

(15 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

BrightStar Senior Living is an assisted living community in the welcoming, scenic city of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Our beautiful community is centrally located in a quiet residential area near the West Beltline Highway, providing easy access to area attractions and the nearby cities of...

Park Glen Apartments

201 N Walbridge Ave, Madison, WI 53714

(6 reviews)

1 Bed, 2 Bed

Park Glen Apartments for Seniors is located in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. You may have heard of Madison being referred to as a college town but rest assured, college kids have not cornered the market on enjoying all this Midwest city has to offer. Whether you're into shopping, arts and...

Quarry Ridge Retirement Community (Opening Summer 2022)

2851 Fitchrona Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Quarry Ridge, the luxurious Resort Lifestyle Community, is currently under construction on Fitchrona Road in Fitchburg. We look forward to opening brand new during the Spring of 2022! Quarry Ridge will offer all of the comforts and conveniences of modern-day living that allow you to enjoy your...

Oak Park Place Madison West Nakoma

4327 Nakoma Road, Madison, WI 53711

(0 review)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Oak Park Place Madison

618-719 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718

(38 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Welcome to Oak Park Place! Located on Madison's far east side, Oak Park Place offers options beyond traditional senior living for the lifestyle you or your loved one deserve. Imagine an all-inclusive list of amenities and services that support a carefree, independent way of life for residents...

Meadowmere Madison

5601 Burke Road, Madison, WI 53718

(37 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

Meadowmere Assisted Living Apartments maximizes your independence with personalized support. You can live independently in your own fully equipped apartment within an active community and have the security and peace of mind that assistance is always available whenever you need it. Our experienced...

Cottages of Madison

5555 Burke Road, Madison, WI 53718

(3 reviews)


The Cottages of Madison, in operation for more than 20 years, offers CBRF-assisted living, licensed for Alzheimer’s, dementia and related neurological diagnoses.Our warm, welcoming, secure community has the perfect balance of private and public community living space, making it quaint, functional...

Chamomile Assisted Living, LTD

22 Milo Lane, Madison, WI 53714

(1 review)

Studio, 1 Bed

Chamomile Assisted Living, LTD is located in a tranquil area of Madison, Wisconsin. Our community is close to several large public parks and nestled between quiet residential neighborhoods. It is an ideal place for our residents to call home, and we find that visitors and family guests often have...

Chamomile Assisted Living II

842 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI 53718

(2 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed

Chamomile Assisted Living is an assisted living community located in the lovely and charming Madison, Wisconsin. The two different locations of this community provide you with choice and variety. The lovely private apartments are accommodating and spacious. You can enjoy the beautiful foliage and...

Tennyson Retirement Living

1936 Tennyson Lane, Madison, WI 53704

(0 review)

1 Bed, 2 Bed, Studio

Traditions of Madison

734 Mesta Ln, Madison, WI 53704

(0 review)

1 Bed, Studio

The Jefferson

9401 Old Sauk Road, Middleton, WI 53562

(86 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed

The Jefferson has been here for over 16 years near beautiful farmland, Pope Farm and corn fields.We have senior care on site to offer Assisted Living. Our staff members have longevity over 15 years and more. We have won "Best Place to Live" 2018 and "Best Place to Work 3 years in a row. We are...

New Perspective Senior Living | Sun Prairie

222 South Bristol Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

(63 reviews)

Studio, 1 Bed, 2 Bed, Semi-Private

Offering: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory CareNew Perspective’s Sun Prairie senior living community is located outside of Madison, Wisconsin near Deansville, Marshall, and Token Creek. Nestled in town just off Main Street, shopping, parks and healthcare clinics are just minutes away....

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What is independent living?

Independent living offers a stress-free lifestyle for older adults. Independent living communities don’t provide personal care or supervision, but do offer generally healthy adults opportunities for socialization and hassle-free living. Independent living services often include:

  • Nutritious meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Home maintenance and repairs
  • Social activities and outings
Complete guide to independent living

Independent Living in Madison, WI

Independent living communities – also known simply as retirement communities – in Madison, Wisconsin 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 Madison retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Independent Living in Madison, WI

The median monthly cost of independent living in Madison is about $1,780 in the city proper, and $2,813 within the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of Wisconsin is around $2,424.

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

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Cost of Living

Consistently ranked as the most expensive city in the state, the average cost of living in Madison, Wisconsin is rated 10 points higher than the national average. However, as with most other Midwestern cities the relative cost of groceries and fresh produce is extremely low compared to the rest of the country. These index ratings are based on a scale where 100 is equal to the national average.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
110 89 $1,413 18.7% $223,328 $59,387 No estate tax or inheritance tax

Local Hospitals

There are at least four hospitals in the city that provide emergency services. The top three hospitals in Madison include:

  • St. Mary’s Hospital – One of the largest hospitals in the region, St. Mary’s has 440 beds and provides emergency services to 18 surrounding counties.
  • Meriter operated by UnityPoint Health – A nonprofit, 448-bed community hospital which provides a complete range of medical and surgical services.
  • University Hospital – Operated by the University of Wisconsin, this community is a regional referral center with 505 beds. The hospital has a level I trauma center and one of the nations first certified comprehensive stroke centers. The UW Carbone Cancer Center is also one of the 41 institutes designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive center.

Weather and Climate

Madison has a humid continental type of climate with warm-summer or hot-summer designation depending on the season. This means that Madison’s summers can vary from year to year, with some being pleasant and mild while others may be hot and humid. The winters tend to be cold with lots of seasonal snowfall. On average, the humidity level for Madison is roughly 72%. The average humidity levels are highest during the month of December at roughly 77%.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
74°F 90°F (July) 59°F (July) 26°F 35°F (February) 14°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
43 (Good) 55 in the month of December (Moderate)

Precipitation and Inclement Weather

Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall Inclement weather
4” 9” (October) 42” Floods, blizzards, tornadoes (rare)

Demographics and Values

2016 Presidential Election for Dane county

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
70.37% 23.04% 6.59%

Population Statistics

Population metro area Population city proper Population density Population trend
439,553 255,214 1,250 people per square mile Growing at a rate of 1.01%


Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
31 20% 9% 4% 3%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
14% 57% 25%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more Other or Not Specified
8.8% 6.5% 7.0% 0.4% 0.0% 78.8% 3.5% 1.9%


Total crimes Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
8,059 28 4


Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
4% 72% 8% 18% 3% 5%

Madison is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community are accepted by the general public and can actively participate in public life without fear of bigotry.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

As the capital of the state and home to one of the best universities in the Midwest, living in Madison, Wisconsin provides tons of entertainment. One of the most popular destinations for arts and culture in the city is the Overture Center for the Arts, which also houses the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The Olbrich Botanical Gardens are another popular spot home to one of only four Thai Pavilions outside of Thailand.

For recreation, there are many hiking and biking trails that intersect throughout the city and the surrounding wilderness. During the winter months many locals enjoy cross country skiing, ice fishing, hockey, and snowmobiling. College sports are huge in Madison, and the most popular ones are hockey and football. The UW football team plays at the iconic Camp Randall Stadium which is nationally recognized as one of the best college football stadiums in the country. The University also puts on tons of arts and cultural events throughout the year.


There are a number of bus lines throughout the city that offer public transportation. Madison is also considered a regional travel hub with Greyhound bus lines connects the city to other regional hubs such as Minneapolis and Chicago. Furthermore, the Badger Bus also connects the University to Wisconsin’s second major city, Milwaukee.

Frequently asked questions about Independent Living facilities in Wisconsin

Chamomile Assisted Living, LTD, Sienna Crest - Oregon and Sun Prairie Health Care Center are the top rated independent living facilities near Madison, Wisconsin. See full list of communities.

There are 82 independent living facilities near Madison, Wisconsin. See the full list.

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