Milwaukee County, located not far from the Illinois and Wisconsin state line and on the shores of Lake Michigan, is a popular place to retire. Approximately 14% of the 945,726 people who live in the community are age 65 and older. Its world-class museums, popular sports teams and lakefront location all appeal to seniors. It also has many popular breweries, earning it its nickname of Brew City.

Seniors who need a little extra help during their retirement may wish to live in an assisted living community, and the Milwaukee County area has over 208 facilities to choose from. The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey estimates an average assisted living cost in the Milwaukee area to be $5,073, which is considered high based on state and national averages. The many health care facilities in Milwaukee appeal to some seniors, making it worthwhile to retire here even with the higher-than-average assisted living costs. Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center is ranked as High Performing in geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Milwaukee County, WI

2016, 2017, 2020, 2022

Harbour Village

5700 Mockingbird Lane, Greendale, WI, 53129

Harbour Village is located in Greendale, Wisconsin, minutes from Scout Lake Park and the Southridge Mall. Residents and their guests say the facility offers an array of convenient amenities, including … (read more)
Harbour Village is located in Greendale, Wisconsin, minutes from Scout Lake Park and the Southridge Mall. Residents and their guests say the facility offers an array of convenient amenities, including … (read more)

2014, 2016

Aria at Mitchell Manor

2330 S. 54th Street West Allis, West Allis, WI, 53219

Our loved one has been here since 2019. The facility is attractive and the rooms spacious. Initially, staff was great. Several months ago there was a change of ownership, and we have seen a sig … (read more)
Our loved one has been here since 2019. The facility is attractive and the rooms spacious. Initially, staff was great. Several months ago there was a change of ownership, and we have seen a sig … (read more)

Heritage West Allis

7801 – 7901 W. National Avenue, West Allis, WI, 53214

Heritage Senior Living in West Allis is located in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wisconsin, minutes away from the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Visitors and residents describe the living areas as … (read more)
Heritage Senior Living in West Allis is located in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wisconsin, minutes away from the Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. Visitors and residents describe the living areas as … (read more)

2014, 2015

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa

1621 Rivers Bend, Wauwatosa, WI, 53226

Oak Park Place Wauwatosa in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is conveniently located just off Highway 41 and a short drive from Currie Park and the Hansen Park Golf Course. Seniors praise their large studio and … (read more)
Oak Park Place Wauwatosa in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, is conveniently located just off Highway 41 and a short drive from Currie Park and the Hansen Park Golf Course. Seniors praise their large studio and … (read more)

Layton Terrace Senior Living

9200 W LAYTON AVE, Greenfield, WI, 53228

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the pet-friendly Layton Terrace facility is near Kindred Hospital Milwaukee and Interstates 41 and 43. Residents can participate in activities such as exercise, bingo, … (read more)
Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the pet-friendly Layton Terrace facility is near Kindred Hospital Milwaukee and Interstates 41 and 43. Residents can participate in activities such as exercise, bingo, … (read more)

2014

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Greenfield

5790 S. 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53221

Cameo Court Assisted Living is a few minutes away from Corpenicus Park, Boston Store Clearance Center and Goldman Park. Visitors note the professionalism of the staff members and the warmth with which … (read more)
Cameo Court Assisted Living is a few minutes away from Corpenicus Park, Boston Store Clearance Center and Goldman Park. Visitors note the professionalism of the staff members and the warmth with which … (read more)

Elizabeth Residence Franklin

9329 S 48Th St, Franklin, WI, 53132

My mother-in-law is at Elizabeth Residence Franklin. The level of care that the staffing provides is phenomenal. They are caring and loving, and there’s a consistency of care. There’s very little turn … (read more)
My mother-in-law is at Elizabeth Residence Franklin. The level of care that the staffing provides is phenomenal. They are caring and loving, and there’s a consistency of care. There’s very little turn … (read more)

Oak Park Place Oak Creek

1980 W Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

My experience with Oak Park Place Oak Creek was very good. The staff was very personable and very friendly. He asked the right questions and gave me answers before I asked questions. He was very knowl … (read more)
My experience with Oak Park Place Oak Creek was very good. The staff was very personable and very friendly. He asked the right questions and gave me answers before I asked questions. He was very knowl … (read more)

HarborChase of Shorewood

1111 East Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI, 53211

HarborChase of Shorewood is located in the quiet suburb of Shorewood, Wisconsin, close to Lincoln Park, Metro Market and the Milwaukee River. Residents love that they can choose to eat their meals at … (read more)
HarborChase of Shorewood is located in the quiet suburb of Shorewood, Wisconsin, close to Lincoln Park, Metro Market and the Milwaukee River. Residents love that they can choose to eat their meals at … (read more)

Library Square Senior Living

1820 S. 75th Street, West Allis, WI, 53214

Library Square is located close to Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Market Square Shopping Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. Visitors and residents praise this well-maintained facility for its bright, s … (read more)
Library Square is located close to Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Market Square Shopping Center in West Allis, Wisconsin. Visitors and residents praise this well-maintained facility for its bright, s … (read more)

Oak Creek Place

3829 South Chicago Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI, 53172

Everything was very nice at Oak Creek Place. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t take my husband. It was OK, I guess. They said that they all had to get together and decide whether they were going to … (read more)
Everything was very nice at Oak Creek Place. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t take my husband. It was OK, I guess. They said that they all had to get together and decide whether they were going to … (read more)

Heartis Village North Shore

100 W. River Woods Parkway, Glendale, WI, 53212

My mother moved to Heartis Village North Shore. It’s awesome; they work hard to make it feel like a community. They assured me, and I was able to see happy residents. So I know that my mom is going to … (read more)
My mother moved to Heartis Village North Shore. It’s awesome; they work hard to make it feel like a community. They assured me, and I was able to see happy residents. So I know that my mom is going to … (read more)

The Waters of Oak Creek

8000 S. Market Street, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

The Waters of Oak Creek was very pretty. It’s brand new. It was operating as an assisted living. The facility is beautiful. The residents were very happy. It was a very nice place. We had a hard time … (read more)
The Waters of Oak Creek was very pretty. It’s brand new. It was operating as an assisted living. The facility is beautiful. The residents were very happy. It was a very nice place. We had a hard time … (read more)

Sylvan Crossings at Creekside Estates

6180 S Creekside Estates, Cudahy, WI, 53110

<p>Dedicated to quality and service, Sylvan Crossings at Creekside in Florida offers a full range of services and accommodations for seniors. Surrounded by world class beaches, shopping and cultural e … (read more)
<p>Dedicated to quality and service, Sylvan Crossings at Creekside in Florida offers a full range of services and accommodations for seniors. Surrounded by world class beaches, shopping and cultural e … (read more)

Ebenezer Christian Home LLC

3207 N 36th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53216

Excellent care. Therapy was helpful and practical. Staff was amazing. Food was good, especially the soup. Guests were warmly welcomed by the staff.
Excellent care. Therapy was helpful and practical. Staff was amazing. Food was good, especially the soup. Guests were warmly welcomed by the staff.

Laurel Oaks Senior Living

1700 W. Bender Road, Glendale, WI, 53209

We went to look at Laurel Oaks Senior Living. The director was not available at that time, so it was pretty much a tour of what rooms they had available. It wasn’t too much about the program and how … (read more)
We went to look at Laurel Oaks Senior Living. The director was not available at that time, so it was pretty much a tour of what rooms they had available. It wasn’t too much about the program and how … (read more)

Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Fox Point

7770 North Point Washington Road, Fox Point, WI, 53217


Deerwood Crossing

4195 W Bradley Rd., Milwaukee, WI, 53209


Heritage Lexington

5020 S. 107th Street, Greenfield, WI, 53228

Heritage Lexington is a small facility on the west side of Greenfield, Wisconsin, next to Interstate 43 and 2 miles from the Southridge Mall. Relatives describe the facility as hands-on, with personal … (read more)
Heritage Lexington is a small facility on the west side of Greenfield, Wisconsin, next to Interstate 43 and 2 miles from the Southridge Mall. Relatives describe the facility as hands-on, with personal … (read more)

Eastcastle Place

2505 East Bradford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53211

My visit at Eastcastle Place went very well, in fact they had a very good recruiter. It seemed to be very welcoming and well established. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was also welcoming. Th … (read more)
My visit at Eastcastle Place went very well, in fact they had a very good recruiter. It seemed to be very welcoming and well established. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was also welcoming. Th … (read more)

Paying for Assisted Living in Milwaukee County

Assisted living costs vary depending on the type of care offered at a facility and where it is located in the country. The cost of assisted living in the Milwaukee area, which includes most of Milwaukee County, is $5,073 per month per the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is over $600 more than the state’s average of $4,400. It is also higher than the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The Milwaukee County area has one of the higher costs of assisted living in the state at $5,073 a month. In the state’s capital, Madison, seniors pay a little less at $4,956. In Green Bay in the northern part of the state, the cost is the lowest at $3,800. Only one area, Appleton, has a higher average cost. Here seniors average $5,500 a month for assisted living care. In Wausau, the average sits at $4,100, while in Eau Claire it is even less at $4,000. Just to the south of Milwaukee in Racine, the average is $4,650, while seniors in Janesville pay even less at $3,975 a month.

$5073

Milwaukee County

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$3975

Janesville

$3800

Green Bay

$4000

Eau Claire

$4100

Wausau

$4650

Racine

$4956

Madison

$5500

Appleton

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Milwaukee County

In Wisconsin, Medicaid’s Medical Assistance Personal Care program is available to seniors residing in an ALF with less than 20 residents. Additional Social Security income is also available to qualifying seniors and can be used to pay for assisted living through Wisconsin’s Exceptional Expense Supplement for Members of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. 

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

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 Wisconsin page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Milwaukee County

ResourceContact Service
Milwaukee County Department on Aging(414) 289-6874The Milwaukee County Department on Aging provides information and assistance to seniors throughout the county, including help finding benefits they are eligible to receive, help with dementia care and protection against elder abuse. The Department on Aging also maintains a database with helpful information and services for local seniors.
Senior Care Options Counseling(414) 289-6874Seniors considering assisted living can get options counseling from the Department on Aging. This service will help them understand their options for long-term care, prepare for the financial needs that come with long-term care and arrange for functional assessments that determine eligibility for long-term care services.
Milwaukee County MCDA Transportation(414) 289-6874MCDA Transportation is a door-to-door transportation service that takes Milwaukee County seniors to medical or dental appointments as well as grocery shopping and senior centers. The van can pick up seniors at their assisted living community and take them to their destination, then return them home. For medical and dental appointments, the cost is $3. Other rides have no cost.
Milwaukee County Veteran’s Services(414) 266-1234Milwaukee County Veteran’s Services connects veterans in the county with the benefits they earned through their military service. This includes a free legal clinic, medical benefits, life insurance and help for spouses and dependents. Walk-in appointments with the department are welcome.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program(414) 488-6500Seniors age 55 and older can participate in the Senior Corps RSVP program to serve throughout Milwaukee County and Waukesha County. Service opportunities include volunteering at nutrition sites, in schools and in health facilities. A readers cafe, classroom tutoring program and pen pal program connect participants with local youth who need support and mentorship.
Wisconsin Medicare Counseling(414) 289-6660The Wisconsin Department of Health offers free Medicare counseling to residents to help them make the right choices about their Medicare coverage. Benefits specialists are available to offer unbiased advice to area seniors for free. Milwaukee County seniors can get this service through the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Milwaukee County.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Milwaukee County

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

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Milwaukee County