Columbia is set in the middle of Missouri, roughly equidistant from Kansas City and St. Louis. Livability.com rated Columbia #6 in its Top 100 Best Places to Live in 2019. Approximately 10.6% of the city’s 123,000 residents are aged 65 and over. Many are drawn in by the city’s blend of old-world charm and modernity. Boutique stores and artisan farmers’ markets abound, as do thrift shops and shopping malls. It’s also a city of parks with acres of unspoiled landscapes, such as Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary.
Assisted living facilities offer alternative residences for seniors who struggle with common tasks, such as housekeeping, dressing, and maintaining hygiene. Although each facility is unique, most provide residents with freshly-prepared meals, personal care and 24/7 security. In most other aspects, seniors continue to live independent lives. According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, monthly fees for assisted living in Columbia average $2,900, which is more affordable than the state average of $3,000 and the national average of $4,300.
This guide covers senior living costs in more detail, in addition to the pros and cons of living in Columbia. It also lists resources for seniors considering assisted living.