Located between New York and Philadelphia, Mercer County is made up of several quaint townships, quiet villages and lively cities. It has a population of 8,882,190, with an average number of senior residents. Mercer County has a humid climate with high precipitation levels in both summer and winter. As one of the earliest-colonized places in America, the county has a variety of historical attractions, including Washington Crossing State Park. As home to Princeton University, the area also boasts world-class medical care and cultural attractions. Seniors living here may like to visit the Princeton University Art Museum, which has over 80,000 works from artists across the world.

There are dozens of assisted living communities located throughout Mercer County. They share an average cost of $7,478 per month, which is higher than state and national averages. Senior residents may be able to take advantage of a couple of tax breaks to help cut these costs.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Mercer County, NJ

Bear Creek Assisted Living & Memory Care

291 Village Road East, West Windsor, NJ, 08550

My tour of Bear Creek Assisted Living & Memory Care was very good. As soon as I walked in I felt a sense of warmth. It was lovely, had a homey feeling, and was very clean. The director I met with … (read more)
My tour of Bear Creek Assisted Living & Memory Care was very good. As soon as I walked in I felt a sense of warmth. It was lovely, had a homey feeling, and was very clean. The director I met with … (read more)

Spring Hills Princeton

1000 Windrow Drive, Princeton, NJ, 08540

Atrium Senior Living of Princeton only had large rooms available, but I needed two rooms because I have a cat. The place was nice and the meals were quite good. They had a library and a salon. They ha … (read more)
Atrium Senior Living of Princeton only had large rooms available, but I needed two rooms because I have a cat. The place was nice and the meals were quite good. They had a library and a salon. They ha … (read more)

HarborChase of Princeton

4331 Route 1 South, Princeton, NJ, 08540


2015, 2019, 2020

Brandywine Living at Pennington

143 West Franklin Avenue, Pennington, NJ, 08534

In two days, my mother-in-law will be moving into Brandywine Living at Pennington. It’s like two minutes from my house. They have a lot of great amenities and services. The people we spoke to were ver … (read more)
In two days, my mother-in-law will be moving into Brandywine Living at Pennington. It’s like two minutes from my house. They have a lot of great amenities and services. The people we spoke to were ver … (read more)

Brandywine Living at Princeton

155 Raymond Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540

There can be no doubt that Alzheimer’s, this serious illness, does not only develop in different stages but also manifests itself in various symptoms and appearances. In the case of my wife the proces … (read more)
There can be no doubt that Alzheimer’s, this serious illness, does not only develop in different stages but also manifests itself in various symptoms and appearances. In the case of my wife the proces … (read more)

Brandywine Living Serenade at Princeton

775 Mt. Lucas Road, Princeton, NJ, 08540

I need to place my husband in an assisted living facility as a respite stay as I went away on business. He recently just had a knee replacement and I could not leave him alone, he needed around-the-cl … (read more)
I need to place my husband in an assisted living facility as a respite stay as I went away on business. He recently just had a knee replacement and I could not leave him alone, he needed around-the-cl … (read more)

St. Mary’s Assisted Living

One Bishops’ Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648

We went to Morris Hall and did not find the place to be as warm and welcoming and the food nearly as good as other places, so I felt like it’s more of an institution rather than an apartment. The st … (read more)
We went to Morris Hall and did not find the place to be as warm and welcoming and the food nearly as good as other places, so I felt like it’s more of an institution rather than an apartment. The st … (read more)

Trent Center West

465 Greenwood Ave, Trenton, NJ, 08609


Paying for Assisted Living in Mercer County

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the seat of Mercer County, Trenton, has an average assisted living price of $7,478 per month. This is significantly higher than the national median price of $4,300. Assisted living in Mercer County is also more expensive than the state average of $6,650 per month.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Within New Jersey, Mercer County has some of the highest assisted living prices. Atlantic City is more affordable, with an average cost of $5,790 per month. In Vineland, costs fall much closer to the state average, at $6,523. Ocean City has the lowest assisted living prices in the state, at $4,945. This is $2,533 per month more affordable than assisted living in Mercer County. Costs can be lower in neighboring New York state, where capital city Albany averages $4,800. New York City also has lower assisted living costs than Mercer County, at an average of $5,991 per month. Lakeside city Buffalo is also more affordable, at $4,565. Ithaca, however, is significantly more expensive, averaging a whopping $13,500 per month.

$7478

Mercer County

$6650

New Jersey

$4300

The United States

$4565

Buffalo, NY

$4800

Albany, NY

$4945

Ocean City

$5790

Atlantic City

$5991

New York City, NY

$6523

Vineland

$13500

Ithaca, NY

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mercer County

Eligible seniors in New Jersey may apply for financial assistance for assisted living via New Jersey Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) waiver. New Jersey also offers a supplemental SSI payment to help cover assisted living costs.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in New Jersey page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Mercer County

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in New Jersey page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Mercer County

ResourceContact Service
Mercer County Office on Aging(877) 222-3737Seniors ages 60 and up can take advantage of a wide array of programs offered by this agency. These include case management services, which can help seniors find long-term care to meet their needs and financial assistance to pay for it. This organization also offers mental health programs and nutrition education as well as evidence-based health promotion and disease management courses.
Trenton Vet Center(609) 882-5744Run by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, this vet center connects service members with medical and mental health services. These include individual and group counseling as well as laboratory and pharmaceutical services. Financial assistance programs help pay for this care as well as housing and education. Veterans can also get job training and placement assistance here.
Samuel Naples Senior Center(609) 989-3462The City of Trenton runs this senior center, which serves as a meeting place where older adults can mingle and access social services. A calendar of recreational activities includes crafts like painting and sewing as well as games like cards and bingo. Members can also participate in day trips, educational opportunities and health clinics. Trenton’s Office on Aging provides free transportation to and from this and other centers.
Central Jersey Legal Services(609) 695-6249Seniors, veterans and low-income adults can get free legal information and representation from this nonprofit. Experts can help with the creation of wills and health care directives or offer advocacy in cases of elder abuse or fraud. Seniors can also get help securing access to public benefits.
RideProvide(609) 452-5140This nonprofit organization serves seniors and disabled adults throughout Mercer County. It provides scheduled door-to-door ride services to help seniors get around safely. Volunteer drivers can be reserved for any reason, from medical appointments and errands to social visits. It also offers a Travel Training program that helps seniors learn to navigate the local public transit system.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mercer County

Mercer County-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in New Jersey are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in New Jersey page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Mercer County