Senior Apartments in Missouri

Missouri is an appealing retirement destination for its lower-than-average cost of living and central location in the U.S., making it a convenient starting point for travel. In fact, that geographical advantage is why Missouri earned the nickname “Gateway to the West,” as the early American expeditionists Lewis and Clark began and ended their journey in St. Louis. The Missouri and Mississippi rivers, which flow through and around large portions of the state, also helped cement Missouri as a key supply hub for western settlers. Today, Missouri attracts many visitors with the natural beauty of its Ozarks region, where hills, forests, and lakes distinguish the area from other middle U.S. states. Popular spots include Branson, Table Rock Lake, Mark Twain National Forest, and Lake of the Ozarks. The state is also home to major metropolitan areas like St. Louis and Kansas City, for those who prefer the amenities of city living.

The median monthly cost of a senior apartment in Missouri is about $900.

There are currently more than 30 senior apartment communities in Missouri. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of communities in Missouri to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.

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Missouri Senior Apartment Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because senior apartments are sometimes offered by assisted living communities, states may regulate senior apartments within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Missouri.

In Missouri, senior apartments are communities geared exclusively toward residents 55+, and include amenities similar to a typical apartment complex. These communities offer older adults an easier lifestyle by taking care of tasks such as yard work and household repairs, but they typically provide limited organized social events and few additional services compared to those offered by independent or assisted living communities.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Missouri is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 89
  • Groceries: 97
  • Housing: 71
  • Utilities: 100
  • Transportation: 87


About 17% of Missouri’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Missouri leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like St. Louis and Kansas City, tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 38% voted Democratic
  • 57% voted Republican
  • 5% voted third party


  • Median age: 39
  • Over the age of 55: 30%
  • 2018 population: 6,126,452
  • 2020 population: 6,162,288
  • Estimated 2025 population: 6,252,799


  • 37% regularly attend a religious service
  • 30% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 9,001 congregations
  • There are 414 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Most of Missouri has a humid subtropical climate, with the far northern region’s climate classified as hot-summer humid continental. Overall, Missouri has four distinct seasons, including hot summers and snowy winters, and its proximity to the country’s Great Plains region means temperatures are sometimes extreme. While it’s not quite part of Tornado Alley, Missouri still experiences extreme weather, particularly during spring and early summer months.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 69%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 7” (June)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 37 (Good)
  • Average maximum air quality rating: 49 in May (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 55°F
  • Average summer temperature: 76°F
  • Typical summer high: 92°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 57°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 33°F
  • Typical winter high: 51°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 12°F (January)

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