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Independent living can be a great choice for seniors who can still manage themselves on a day-to-day basis, but who are looking to downsize or to have certain services close at hand, such as medical services. Typical independent living communities can vary broadly, but typically provide seniors with their own accommodation. Apartments, townhouses, and condos are all available as examples of independent living accommodation. Among of the biggest benefits of independent living communities, also sometimes called retirement communities, are the social benefits they offer seniors.

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Independent Living Costs in the US

Independent living costs are on the rise throughout the United States, with a projected increase of 4% per year over the next few years. Data published from the US Government as well as Genworth Financial provide insight into these costs. They show that the average annual cost of independent living across all 50 states is around $23,100. This breaks down to about $1,925 on a monthly basis or $64 per day.

Where you live will do more to determine the cost of senior independent living than most other factors. Washington DC led the nation with the highest costs, with a median of $45,470 yearly ($3,789 per month and $126 per day). Missouri had the lowest cost for independent living at $16,500 per year ($1,375 per month and $46 per day).


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