McAllen is a city on the border with Mexico that’s home to more than 142,000 residents, 13.2% of whom are aged 65 and older. Although this is slightly below the U.S. average of 16.5%, the city has much to offer its older population. Its climate is senior-friendly for most of the year, the average cost of living is much lower than normal, violent crime is very low and health care facilities are numerous and excellent. McAllen also offers plenty of shops and specialty boutiques in its malls and restaurants that serve dishes from around the world.
Assisted living is a popular solution for seniors who find everyday tasks, such as housekeeping, increasingly challenging. They offer safe and comfortable accommodation with staff usually on-site 24/7 to ensure medications are managed, rooms cleaned and healthy meals prepared and served. The average fee for assisted living in McAllen is $5,075 per month, which is significantly more than the state and national averages of $3,998 and $4,300, respectively.
This guide considers senior care costs in more detail and the pros and cons of living in McAllen. It also lists some resources available to seniors in the city.