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Assisted Living Costs
Review the Average Costs of Assisted Living by State

Overview of Assisted Living Costs

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

Genworth Financial notes that as a whole, costs of assisted living have gone up more than nursing homes, adult day care, and home care, but this change is likely due to a more broad range of services provided by assisted living than in prior years. Many times, residents that would need to go into a nursing home are able to 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 which 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
Daily Cost
National Average
Monthly Cost
Five Year Increase
Adult day care
weekdays only
$61$1,3221.67%
1 year increase
Assisted living $110$3,3005.71%
Home care
44 hours per week
$162$3,4321.09%
Nursing Home
double occupancy room for one person
$200$6,0834.50%
Nursing Home
single occupancy room for one person
$222$6,7534.28%

Assisted Living Costs by State


The Genworth 2012 Cost of Care Survey is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed approximatey 15,000 care providers. 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$2,948
Alaska$5,500
Arizona$3,100
Arkansas$2,810
California$3,500
Colorado$3,703
Connecticut$4,475
Delaware$5,269
Florida$2,750
Georgia$2,500
Hawaii$3,750
Idaho$3,214
Illinois$4,057
Indiana$3,620
Iowa$2,939
Kansas$3,501
Kentucky$2,741
Louisiana$3,100
Maine$4,500
Maryland$3,200
Massachusetts$4,588
Michigan$2,713
Minnesota$3,136
Mississippi$2,925
Missouri$2,419
Montana$3,150
Nebraska$3,250
Nevada$2,995
New Hampshire$4,000
New Jersey$5,713
New Mexico$3,500
New York$3,700
North Carolina$2,900
North Dakota$2,730
Ohio$3,713
Oklahoma$2,751
Oregon$3,850
Pennsylvania$3,251
Rhode Island$3,898
South Carolina$2,875
South Dakota$2,746
Tennessee$3,304
Texas$3,200
Utah$2,650
Vermont$3,900
Virginia$3,481
Washington$4,250
Washington D.C.$2,500
West Virginia$3,000
Wisconsin$3,700
Wyoming$3,298

Base Rates

How is the base rate structured?

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

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 in the average monthly base rate for a single 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 graph below shows the average monthly base rate for a resident in an Alzheimer's unit, obviously, Alzheimer's care is more expensive as you can see by the number of facilities reporting a rate of $4200 or more 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)

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, the majority of facilities include 3 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 in addition 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 required a security deposit, while 22% required an entrance fee prior to 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 total cost of service, in most cases is more than the base rate you can expect to pay for assisted living. The CDC shows a break down of the total costs residents of residential care facilities incurred per month. Looking at the bar chart, you can see the concentration of total costs lie between $2000-$4500 per month, but there are many residents that paid as little as $1000, but also many that paid 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)

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