As the United States' population continues to age, the demand for effective, compassionate, assisted living communities is at an all-time high. With over half of Americans over the age of 65 likely to need some form of care during their lives, assisted living communities serve as a lifeline, providing essential care to those who cannot, or choose not to, live independently.
As the demand for assisted living services increases, understanding the costs involved in assisted living becomes increasingly important. Throughout the United States, the costs can vary significantly depending on the state, the level of care, and the array of services provided.
Our data unveils some interesting insights:
Among the states and districts, the District of Columbia tops the list with the annual cost of assisted living being the highest at $83,730.
Not far behind, Alaska follows at the second spot with an average annual cost of $81,960. The high costs primarily reflect the state's higher cost of living, remoteness, and lower supply of such facilities.
Rhode Island isn’t far apart, with expenses reaching $81,915 annually. Despite being the smallest state in the U.S., it echoes the trend of expensive assisted living costs found predominantly in the northeastern region of the country.
The fourth most expensive state for assisted living is Massachusetts, with an average annual cost of $78,000. Completing the top five is New Jersey, further sustaining the northeastern presence in the upper bracket, with an average cost of $77,940.
The remaining five states among the top ten include New Hampshire, Washington, Delaware, Maine, and Hawaii, where the annual costs of assisted living range from $72,630 to $64,500. Despite being geographically diverse, from the far-stretching coasts of the northeastern states to the Pacific Northwest and scenic Hawaii, these states all share a higher cost of living, which directly influences the cost of assisted living services.
10 States with Most Expensive Cost of Assisted Living: