Cleveland, which is the seat of and the largest city in Bradley County, is home to about 45,500 residents, including about 7,235 seniors aged 65 or older. Located in extreme southeast Tennessee, about 30 miles from Chattanooga, Cleveland is a small Southern town at the base of the Appalachian and Great Smoky Mountains. Besides beautiful mountains and the nearby Ocoee River, the Cherokee National Forest is also partially within Cleveland’s borders. The Forest offers 625,000 acres of natural beauty and lots of year-round outdoor activities for active seniors to enjoy.
Seniors can age in place in assisted living facilities, which provide room and board, personal care and some medical services. Residents enjoy the combination of continued independence and assistive care when necessary. The average cost of assisted living in Cleveland is $4,264, which makes it higher than the state average for assisted living but slightly less than the national average.
This guide provides aging adults with information about assisted living in Cleveland, including a list of free senior resources and comparisons of the average costs of other senior care options. It also compares Cleveland’s average assisted living cost with other Tennessee cities and offers some benefits and drawbacks of retiring in this area.