Our Senior Living Cost Index helps families plan for the costs of senior living. The Cost Index draws on our large database of families that have moved into senior living and assisted living homes between 2012 and 2015. It is the only free data source of its kind.
It’s not always easy to know what kind of living environment you need. Many communities offer a spectrum of care, saving you a costly move if your care needs change. Here is a summary of care types, who they fit best, and the kinds of amenities likely to be included in your monthly costs.
In addition to the included items above, senior living communities offer lifestyle amenities such as…
We made a comprehensive workbook to help families prepare for the move to senior living. The guide walks you through the major steps of choosing senior living based on your priorities.
Once you understand your options, you can make better decisions. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Data and plots from The Senior Living Cost Index are free to use for your own purposes, but we ask that you cite the source following the guidelines and citation examples below. To download flat files of Senior Living Cost Index cost and cost growth estimates, visit our public data repository.
For data at the national or regional level, link your first reference to A Place For Mom
“According to A Place For Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service, median senior living costs in the US…”
For data on a specific city or state, link to the specific city or state listing page (e.g., WA state or Seattle, WA)
“Senior living costs in Seattle, Washington are $300 higher than in the suburb of Federal Way according to A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest senior living referral service.”
The Senior Living Cost Index, developed in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Harris, Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Tennessee, is based on actual rent and care charges collected from referred family move-ins to A Place for Mom community partners.
Consumer cost estimates are based on a proprietary machine-learning algorithm that models inflation-adjusted first-month rent and care charges during the last two full calendar years. ZIP codes with a small number of move-ins borrow information about costs from nearby ZIP codes with similar median household income and older adult population share. City, metro, state, regional and national estimates are a weighted average of ZIP-code-level estimates. ZIP-code weights are based on the most recent five-year estimates of population counts of older adults from the American Community Survey.
Cost growth estimates compare the median first-month rent and care charges for a given property and type of care to the median charges in the previous year for the same property and care type.
Texas and Oklahoma estimates are unavailable as APFM does not collect monthly care and rent charges due to state regulations.
Find a more technical description of our methods here.