Note: Seniors who don’t need the added layer of care provided in Assisted Living but still want to live among their peers may find the ideal setting in an Independent Living community. To compare costs of Independent Living in the states and cities below, we decreased the average cost of Assisted Living reported in the 2021 Genworth Financial Cost of Care Survey by 35% because Independent Living is usually cheaper by 30-40%.
At an average cost of $1,950, Independent Living in Missouri is almost $1,000 less than the national average of $2,925. Compared to adjacent states, Missouri is lower than all of them. The biggest difference is in Kansas where the average cost of $2,977 is higher than the national average. Illinois’ cost of $2,917 is slightly less than the national average but still nearly $1,000 higher than Missouri’s. Oklahoma is closer in cost but still higher by $556, and Arkansas is closer still with a difference of $494.