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Overview of Assisted Living Costs

Costs of Assisted Living
Costs of Assisted Living

The cost of assisted living varies significantly between facilities across the nation and even within the same city. We have compiled estimated costs of assisted living facilities in the United States from many industry surveys.

The costs of assisted living care depend on the level of service a resident requires. The 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities provides some treasured insights into the costs of assisted living, but also how facilities charge residents.

Genworth Financial notes that the costs of assisted living has gone up more than nursing homes, adult day care and home care. Many times, residents that would go into a nursing home can use an assisted living facility instead. They argue that the rise in cost is just a bit more than average inflation.

You may also be interested in our section on paying for assisted living that covers topics such as Medicare and assisted living, long-term care insurance pros and cons, and Medicare supplements.

Compare Senior Care Costs

Care TypeNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,492
Assisted Living$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$7,604

Assisted Living Costs by State


The Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed approximatey 15% of assisted living communities. The monthly cost is for a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility. When a range was provided, the average of the high and low was used for the calculation. We urge you to ask for a specific base price quote as well as a complete estimate of ALL services included while requesting information from ANY assisted living community.


Median Monthly Cost of Assisted Living One-Bedroom Unit

Alabama$3,075
Alaska$5,703
Arizona$3,420
Arkansas$3,063
California$3,750
Colorado$3,750
Connecticut$5,575
Delaware$5,745
Florida$3,150
Georgia$2,880
Hawaii$4,000
Idaho$3,240
Illinois$4,050
Indiana$3,693
Iowa$3,500
Kansas$4,188
Kentucky$3,350

Base Rates

How is the base rate structured?

48% of the facilities offered a flat base rate while 52% of services have a variable rate, based on disability.

How is the base rate structured? Does this facility offer a flat base rate or is there a rate that varies by disability or services received? Do not include variations in charges by room type or size.
Responses of refusal (< 1%), don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Average Monthly Base Rate for a Single Room

The graph below shows the breakdown of the average monthly base rate for a single assisted living room from the CDC survey.

What is the average monthly base rate for a single individual living in a studio or 1-bedroom apartment for a regular, non-Alzheimer's unit?
Responses of legitimate skip (77%), refusal (< 1%), don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

The chart below shows the average monthly base rate for a resident in an Alzheimer's unit. It is more expensive than any other care, and they charge $4200 a month compared to the above graph pricing distribution.

What is the average monthly base rate for a single individual living in a studio or 1-bedroom apartment for an Alzheimer's unit?
Responses of legitimate skip (93%), don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Average Monthly Base Rate for a Double Room

Facilities reported the costs of double rooms below, and the results show a cost-savings for those willing to share a room with other residents.

What is the average monthly base rate for a single individual living in 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartment for a regular, non-Alzheimer's unit?
Responses of legitimate skip (90%), don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Learn more about assisted living room types.

What's Included in the Base Rate?

The CDC survey gives us a good idea of what types of services various facilities include in the base rate costs. Around 50% of facilities included skilled nursing services in the base rate, while 65% included incontinence care, 70% included transportation while just 25% included occupational and physical therapy.

If the following services are provided, are they included in the base rate?
The data in this chart has been rounded and simplified.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

And typically, most facilities include three meals per day in their monthly base rate.

How many meals are included in the base rate?
Responses of not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Additional Fees

Fee-for-service available?

72% of facilities allow the resident to obtain additional services also to the base rate.

Can the residents obtain additional services, beyond the base rate, on a fee-for-service basis?
Responses of don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Security Deposit or Entrance Fee?

30% of facilities require a security deposit while 22% require an entrance fee before moving in.

Is a security deposit required?
Responses of don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)
Does this facility charge an entrance fee prior to moving in?
Responses of don't know (< 1%), and not ascertained (< 1%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Facility Responses)

Total Cost of Services

It's important to note the full cost of service, in most cases is more than the base rate you can expect to pay for assisted living. The CDC shows a breakdown of the total costs residents of residential care facilities incurred per month. The bar chart below lists the cost of services. They range from $2000-$4500 per month, but there are many residents that pay as little as $1000, but some pay over $6000 per month.

For last month, what was the total charge for the resident to live in this facility? Include the basic monthly charge and charges for any additional services.
Responses of legitimate skip (2%), refusal (< 1%), and don't know (2%) and are not shown.
Source: 2010 CDC National Survey of Residential Care Facilities Survey (Resident Responses)
Carol Marak
Carol Marak

After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.