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Nursing Home Costs
Nursing Home Costs by State

Nursing Home CostsNursing Home Costs
Nursing home fees may be higher than those for other types of seniors, and with good reason: nursing homes provide the highest level of care for older Americans compared to assisted living facilities and home health care. Even though that's the case, that doesn't mean that you can't find some savings on nursing home costs. You just need to know where to look and what the baseline prices are.

Nursing Home Costs Differ By State

If you are looking for quality nursing homes in Nevada, expect to pay a different amount than you would in Colorado, or even Florida. In large part, fees are dependent of real estate in the area, after all, you're paying for housing as well as senior care needs. That means that states, and particularly, cities with high costs of living will also see higher nursing home costs than those in less expensive areas. If you are considering a nursing home for loved ones, keep this in mind, considering that outdoor activities might not be a common occurrence depending on their condition.

Nursing Home Fees Depend On Labor Costs

Nursing shortages in a number of states, including California and Florida, mean that senior citizens who require skilled nursing services may have to pay a premium in order to receive care. The supply and demand aspect of the healthcare job market affects nursing home costs as well. Some surveys indicating that the cost to hire qualified medical professionals in Nevada increases the hourly fees by a dollar or two, which can add up over the course of a year. In general, the average cost may be more than $50,000, according to the AARP, although a number of factors can influence this.

Nursing Home Costs Depend on Services Required

Do you want your loved one to have their own personal room, or to socialize with another resident? Does the senior in your family show symptoms of dementia? They may require specialized Alzheimer's care that a number of facilities address with specialized wings. Like any other type of housing, families considering nursing home costs need to understand that small choices like individual rooms versus shared occupancy may have a significant factor when it comes to the total annual cost.

Nursing Home Costs Vary By Facility and Vacancies

Like any other housing option, nursing homes operate on the basis of supply and demand. Monthly room rent or daily care rates may be adjusted if the facility has recently opened, or has a number of vacancies. If you are considering a skilled nursing home facility, keep in mind that you may be able to negotiate reductions in rates based on these conditions, without affecting the care afforded to your loved ones.

About the Costs Listed Below

The cost of nursing homes varies significantly between facilities across the nation and even within the same city. Please understand that the numbers listed below should only be used as estimates of what a person would expect to pay and that rates change constantly.

The costs listed below are only for Medicare certified facilities which account for more than 90% of nursing homes in the United States. Much of the data comes from the Genworth 2012 Cost of Care Survey which is the most comprehensive study of its kind. Genworth Financial surveyed over 15,000 care providers. Standard charges usually include services beyond just a room including meals, laundries, and basic supervision. There may be additional costs for services beyond the basics including prescription medication administration or additional nursing services. We urge you to ask for a specific price quote as well as a complete estimate of ALL services included while requesting information from ANY nursing home.

Compare Senior Care Costs

Care TypeNational Average
Daily Cost
National Average
Monthly Cost
Five Year Increase
Adult day care
weekdays only
$61$1,3221.67%
1 year increase
Assisted living $110$3,3005.71%
Home care
44 hours per week
$162$3,4321.09%
Nursing Home
double occupancy room for one person
$200$6,0834.50%
Nursing Home
single occupancy room for one person
$222$6,7534.28%

Nursing Home Costs by State

** The map uses the median of nursing home costs for a semi-private room (double occupancy). The cost for Alaska has been reduced to have a more useful map. Please view the actual figures below.


Monthly Cost of Nursing Homes

StateSemi Private Room
(Double Occupancy, Rate per Person)
Private Room
Alabama
Minimum:$3,954
Median:$5,323
Maximum:$6,540
Minimum:$4,258
Median:$5,487
Maximum:$6,844
Alaska
Minimum:$13,748
Median:$22,813
Maximum:$28,896
Minimum:$13,748
Median:$19,375
Maximum:$28,896
Arizona
Minimum:$4,715
Median:$5,642
Maximum:$7,969
Minimum:$5,110
Median:$6,859
Maximum:$9,703
Arkansas
Minimum:$3,133
Median:$4,466
Maximum:$6,083
Minimum:$3,346
Median:$4,908
Maximum:$7,908
California
Minimum:$4,623
Median:$6,813
Maximum:$13,688
Minimum:$5,323
Median:$7,832
Maximum:$14,783
Colorado
Minimum:$4,806
Median:$6,266
Maximum:$8,060
Minimum:$4,988
Median:$7,026
Maximum:$9,216
Connecticut
Minimum:$8,365
Median:$11,254
Maximum:$14,904
Minimum:$9,277
Median:$12,152
Maximum:$15,938
Delaware
Minimum:$6,540
Median:$7,604
Maximum:$8,578
Minimum:$6,935
Median:$8,060
Maximum:$8,882
Florida
Minimum:$4,867
Median:$6,540
Maximum:$10,707
Minimum:$5,627
Median:$7,046
Maximum:$11,528
Georgia
Minimum:$3,772
Median:$4,958
Maximum:$7,391
Minimum:$4,015
Median:$5,323
Maximum:$7,848
Hawaii
Minimum:$7,848
Median:$9,733
Maximum:$12,471
Minimum:$8,273
Median:$10,494
Maximum:$12,927
Idaho
Minimum:$5,323
Median:$6,083
Maximum:$8,365
Minimum:$5,627
Median:$6,692
Maximum:$9,125
Illinois
Minimum:$3,194
Median:$4,973
Maximum:$8,912
Minimum:$3,741
Median:$5,779
Maximum:$11,406
Indiana
Minimum:$3,954
Median:$5,688
Maximum:$8,608
Minimum:$4,410
Median:$6,844
Maximum:$9,916
Iowa
Minimum:$3,346
Median:$4,623
Maximum:$6,083
Minimum:$3,650
Median:$5,064
Maximum:$6,813
Kansas
Minimum:$3,802
Median:$4,563
Maximum:$6,357
Minimum:$3,985
Median:$5,019
Maximum:$7,604
Kentucky
Minimum:$4,106
Median:$5,750
Maximum:$7,878
Minimum:$4,897
Median:$6,296
Maximum:$8,973
Louisiana
Minimum:$3,224
Median:$4,293
Maximum:$5,080
Minimum:$3,437
Median:$4,727
Maximum:$6,418
Maine
Minimum:$6,448
Median:$8,030
Maximum:$9,673
Minimum:$7,209
Median:$8,760
Maximum:$10,433
Maryland
Minimum:$5,779
Median:$7,422
Maximum:$10,038
Minimum:$6,083
Median:$8,000
Maximum:$13,201
Massachusetts
Minimum:$6,905
Median:$9,794
Maximum:$12,471
Minimum:$7,908
Median:$10,646
Maximum:$13,414
Michigan
Minimum:$5,110
Median:$6,692
Maximum:$9,308
Minimum:$5,110
Median:$7,300
Maximum:$12,866
Minnesota
Minimum:$4,502
Median:$6,393
Maximum:$9,885
Minimum:$4,563
Median:$7,128
Maximum:$11,041
Mississippi
Minimum:$4,563
Median:$5,962
Maximum:$7,604
Minimum:$4,715
Median:$6,235
Maximum:$8,060
Missouri
Minimum:$3,285
Median:$4,228
Maximum:$5,201
Minimum:$3,528
Median:$4,623
Maximum:$6,479
Montana
Minimum:$5,019
Median:$5,855
Maximum:$6,965
Minimum:$5,171
Median:$6,251
Maximum:$7,756
Nebraska
Minimum:$3,741
Median:$5,345
Maximum:$7,300
Minimum:$4,045
Median:$5,855
Maximum:$9,642
Nevada
Minimum:$5,262
Median:$6,692
Maximum:$8,912
Minimum:$5,931
Median:$7,300
Maximum:$9,733
New Hampshire
Minimum:$6,692
Median:$8,213
Maximum:$9,733
Minimum:$6,996
Median:$8,760
Maximum:$10,768
New Jersey
Minimum:$7,026
Median:$8,874
Maximum:$11,406
Minimum:$7,574
Median:$9,581
Maximum:$12,805
New Mexico
Minimum:$4,258
Median:$5,637
Maximum:$7,178
Minimum:$4,441
Median:$6,294
Maximum:$8,334
New York
Minimum:$6,388
Median:$9,885
Maximum:$15,969
Minimum:$6,661
Median:$10,250
Maximum:$16,881
North Carolina
Minimum:$3,468
Median:$5,779
Maximum:$8,030
Minimum:$3,802
Median:$6,388
Maximum:$10,646
North Dakota
Minimum:$4,988
Median:$6,261
Maximum:$9,125
Minimum:$5,293
Median:$6,717
Maximum:$9,673
Ohio
Minimum:$3,924
Median:$6,083
Maximum:$8,425
Minimum:$4,350
Median:$6,768
Maximum:$10,311
Oklahoma
Minimum:$3,133
Median:$4,121
Maximum:$5,171
Minimum:$3,194
Median:$4,466
Maximum:$4,471
Oregon
Minimum:$4,410
Median:$6,844
Maximum:$8,365
Minimum:$4,715
Median:$7,604
Maximum:$10,311
Pennsylvania
Minimum:$5,475
Median:$7,638
Maximum:$10,828
Minimum:$5,779
Median:$8,273
Maximum:$12,714
Rhode Island
Minimum:$6,692
Median:$7,604
Maximum:$9,308
Minimum:$7,604
Median:$9,581
Maximum:$10,646
South Carolina
Minimum:$3,954
Median:$5,475
Maximum:$6,874
Minimum:$4,715
Median:$5,931
Maximum:$8,943
South Dakota
Minimum:$4,289
Median:$5,475
Maximum:$6,540
Minimum:$4,380
Median:$5,718
Maximum:$7,026
Tennessee
Minimum:$4,258
Median:$5,475
Maximum:$7,300
Minimum:$4,563
Median:$5,817
Maximum:$10,190
Texas
Minimum:$2,433
Median:$3,954
Maximum:$7,908
Minimum:$3,042
Median:$5,125
Maximum:$9,642
Utah
Minimum:$3,285
Median:$4,867
Maximum:$6,844
Minimum:$3,802
Median:$5,612
Maximum:$10,646
Vermont
Minimum:$6,905
Median:$7,676
Maximum:$9,581
Minimum:$7,209
Median:$8,459
Maximum:$11,011
Virginia
Minimum:$4,745
Median:$6,007
Maximum:$8,973
Minimum:$4,928
Median:$6,844
Maximum:$9,612
Washington
Minimum:$5,475
Median:$7,300
Maximum:$10,646
Minimum:$5,901
Median:$8,070
Maximum:$12,045
Washington D.C.
Minimum:$7,148
Median:$7,194
Maximum:$7,361
Minimum:$7,604
Median:$7,863
Maximum:$8,182
West Virginia
Minimum:$4,258
Median:$6,996
Maximum:$9,338
Minimum:$4,410
Median:$7,359
Maximum:$9,490
Wisconsin
Minimum:$5,019
Median:$6,965
Maximum:$9,855
Minimum:$5,353
Median:$7,756
Maximum:$10,798
Wyoming
Minimum:$5,019
Median:$6,023
Maximum:$7,057
Minimum:$5,323
Median:$6,699
Maximum:$9,490
Carol Marak

After seven years of helping her aging parents, Carol Marak has become a dedicated senior care writer. Since 2007, she has been doing the research to find answers to common concerns: housing, aging and health, staying safe and independent, and planning long-term.